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News posted on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Solar puts off-grid winery on tourist Tesla map
It is not often you can pull into a winery to charge your car and fill your glass at the same time, but at Moores Hill winery at Sidmouth in northern Tasmania, visitors can do both. More than 100 solar panels cover the roof of their new winery, generating 30 kilowatts of electricity. Source, The ABC.

Iconic winery Rockburn releases limited edition Rosé
Rockburn releases its highly anticipated 2017 Stolen Kiss at daylight saving on 24 September 2017, offering the #firstkissofsummer to wine lovers around the country. The iconic Central Otago winery is a Rosé pioneer in New Zealand, being one of the first wineries to take the pink tipple seriously. Source, Scoop

What is a floor price on alcohol and what will it do?
Following yesterday's news about the Western Australian Government considering a minimum floor price on alcohol, The ABC have released an article outlining what a minimum floor price is and what it will mean if it comes into play.

A powerhouse winery of the Adelaide Hills
"Bird in Hand is one in a club of high profile producers which sit along the region’s Verdun-Lobethal dress circle. So then, how is it that the Bird in Hand wine that came fourth in the Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 Wines comes from grapes grown in the Clare Valley?" writes Charles Gent for The Adelaide Review.

Four wines Len Evans would love
"I’m confident all the following Australian wines would have had Len on his feet, holding court, passionately extolling their virtues and that of the Australian wine industry in general. Drink any of these wines knowing that to do so is to enjoy the realised passion of not just the respective winemakers but also that of 'LPE'." Source, Business Insider.

Aus farm production forecast to fall, wine to grow
Export prices of barley, cheese, wine, wool, lamb and wheat are forecast to increase in 2017–18 in Australian dollar terms. Export prices for canola, chickpeas, beef, veal, cotton, slaughter cattle, sugar and rock lobster are predicted to drop. Source, International Business Times.

NZ young winemaker of the year announced
The 2017 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year final was held at Villa Maria in Auckland with the celebration dinner held at Ostro Restaurant where Kelsey Daniels from Vinlink Marlborough was announced the winner and Sara Addis from Trinity Hill, Hawke's Bay runner up. Source, Winetitles

Three distributors hold half US wine market value
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits alone accounts for about $16.5 billion in revenue — which Jim Gordon of Wines & Vines points out exceeds the revenue of the giant Constellation Brands, with its winery ownership throughout the world. Source, Forbes.

Chinese Marselan scoops top award
A red wine made from a French variety tipped as China’s potential ‘signature grape’ has won the highest award at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards, show results released on September 20. The red wine, Tasya’s Reserve Marselan 2015, by Grace Vineyard of Shanxi Province was awarded a Platinum Best in Show medal. Source, Decanter.

Is electric sky the future of wine?
When people think of concerts and music festivals, they often think of deafening speakers, the smell of sunscreen and amber beer in clear plastic cups. Wine is sometimes seen as too sophisticated for the sweaty crowds of Riot Fest or Lollapalooza. Electric Sky Wine, a company owned by music label Interscope Records, is seeking to change that. Source, Loyola Phoenix.

Yearly weather will affect wine globally
A Napa heat wave hit 117 degrees, seriously damaging grapes. Plus, forest fires, frost, and hail around the northern hemisphere will mean smaller production this year and varying quality of the wines you love. Source, Bloomberg.

Entries for Hot 100 wines closing soon!
Hot 100 Wines finds and celebrate SA’s 100 most drinkable wines. Entries to the 2017/18 season of Hot 100 Wines close on Friday, September 29, so get in while you still can.





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