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News posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Early Harvest Detrimental To Australia's Wine
Last week the business section of the Wall Street Journal Reported that The Australian wine industry is attributing rising temperatures to causing grapes to ripen faster, and that can alter their flavor. Here is aginfo reporter Matt Rice who recently visited Australia with the story.

Wine’s geographical symbol of success
Geographical indicators have allowed the Australian wine industry to grow and be competitive in export markets, according to Winemakers Federation of Australia acting chief executive Tony Battaglene.

Australian wine industry bids to continue UK market dominance
Australia is in the doldrums after slumping to its worst Olympics performance in decades and finishing 10th in the medals table.

Backpacker tax scares off 90 per cent of Casella job applicants
RIVERINA grape growers expect fruit to wither on vines if the government holds firm on the controversial backpacker tax. Originally slated to begin on July 1, the backpacker tax will ditch the $18,200 tax-free threshold for foreign workers under 30 and instead tax them 32.5¢ from the first dollar they earn in Australia.

Wolf Blass Legend: Black Label 40 years on
Wolf Blass chief winemaker Chris Hatcher was recently in town to celebrate 50 years of the brand and also the 40th vintage of Wolf Blass Black Label. Decanter.com went along to meet him.

Bay wines win gold at leading NZ show
Hawke's Bay wines have picked up 35 gold medals at the New Zealand International Wine Show with Villa Maria's Bay vineyards coming through with 10 of them.

Okanagan winery recruits former head of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay
Industry leader on board to take Okanagan Valley’s unique wines to the world; the natural progression in celebrating the excellence, the beauty, the outstanding opportunity that is Mission Hill Family Estate

Wine and Tech - a Dismal Marriage
On Sunday 31 July 2016 one of the most innovative pieces of software ever developed for the wine industry was shut down by the company that purchased it a little more than a year before.

Santero unveils new ‘hand fitted’ bottle
Santero ‘Hand’ Dilê wines are soon to hit the shelves and they may be slightly more distinctive than your average bottle, as they come with spaces carved out for four fingers on the one side and another space for your thumb on the other, according to the Metro.

Richest French wine château owners revealed – 2016
Bernard Arnault, who’s Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton empire includes names such as Krug, Dom Perignon and Cheval Blanc, was beaten into second place on the annual French rich list by L’Oreal’s Liliane Bettancourt.

Like fine wine, Grapevine’s 30th Annual GrapeFest improves with age
The first GrapeFest was a one-day event held on one block. About 900 people attended. This year, for the 30th annual GrapeFest — A Texas Wine Experience, tens of thousands of wine enthusiasts converged on downtown Grapevine over four days, beginning last Thursday.





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