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News posted on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

New jobs and $18.6 billion for SA’s food and wine industry
South Australia's food and wine revenue has hit a record $18.64 billion and 3400 new jobs have been created in the past year, data released today shows. The State Government’s 2015-16 Food and Wine Scorecard shows gross revenue has increased by $443 million compared to the previous year – largely through demand for wine, livestock, horticulture and seafood. The Scorecard also showed employment in the sector increased by 3400 to 147,400 in the 12 months to August 2016. One in five working South Australians is employed in the agribusiness sector.

Entries set to pour in for Australia’s best wine
The hunt is on for fine wines across Australia worthy of raising a glass to, with entries for the prestigious Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) opening today. Chief Judge David Bicknell will lead a team of expert judges for his second year at the helm, as they sniff, swirl and taste their way through the nation’s top drops, at the first capital city wine show of the season. This means the RQWS judges will be the first to critically review the 2017 vintage in Australia, setting the benchmark for the industry and letting wine lovers know which bottles to look for.

Vinomofo’s first pop-up sale
Vinomofo will unveil their very first pop-up shop, lined with bottles and cases of the world’s finest wines. Uncorking some of the best Australian, New Zealand and European wines, the exclusive three-day pop up sale will showcase premium to super-premium single bottles, magnums and cases of wine, starting from as little as $5 per bottle. Popping up in Port Melbourne from the 22nd to the 24th of December, new wines will be revealed each day.

Melbourne man just bought $300,000 worth of wine
An anonymous wine buyer from Melbourne just dropped $300,000 on one of the country’s most coveted wine sets – the entire Penfolds Grange collection from Dan Murphy’s in Brighton. The exorbitant transaction marks the first full vertical sold by the alcohol chain which is made up of 62 bottles of Australia’s most iconic wine. The bottles are so exclusive that Dan Murphy’s only have them stocked in select stores across Australia in temperature controlled fridges. If you’re after a set for yourself, have a snoop around at Dan Murphy’s in Prahran, Double Bay, Alphington, Bicton and Launceston stores.

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, one year on
On 20 December 2015, one year ago today, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force. From this date, Australian wine exporters could claim preferential tariff reductions through accompanying wine consignments with a ChAFTA Certificate of Origin. Australian wine exports have had two tariff reductions since the entering of force of ChAFTA. For most wine, the rate has fallen from 14% to the current rate of 8.4% and will drop further to 5.6% on 1 January 2017, giving Australian winemakers a substantial competitive advantage over our European counterparts.

Terra Vitae, Craggy Range post stronger full-year profits
New Zealand’s Terra Vitae Vineyards and Craggy Range Vineyards both reported a rise in full-year profit on the back of a solid harvest and improving prices as wine remains one of the Pacific Nation’s fastest growing exports. Terra Vitae Vineyards reported total gross income from grape sales at $8.9 million in the year to June 30, up from $7.1 million in 2015. After expenses, its operating profit of $3.4 million was more than twice the $1.4 million reported in the prior year.

Invivo launches Graham Norton wine in United States
Invivo wines - the company behind celebrity wine Graham Norton sauvignon blanc - is set to take on the United States in the New Year. Co-founder Tim Lightbourne? said that after a few years of searching, the company has signed a nationwide distribution agreement with United States firm Seaview Imports to distribute Invivo wines in February. The US has taken over from Australia and the United Kingdom as the number one market for Kiwi wines, with 2016 export there worth $461 million in the year to June, according to NZ Wines annual report.

Champagne and Chianti form partnership
Chianti Classico and Champagne have signed a partnership agreement that is set to boost the promotion and protection of winemaking and wine tourism across the two regions. The new partnership deal, which was signed by the majors of Rheims Arnaud Robinet and Florence Dario Nardella on Friday (16 December) has been designed to allow the two wine regions to share experiences and best practise on a number of practical and promotional issues. These include legal protection of the respective designations of origin and corresponding collective brands, governance policies for their respective designations of origin, and the exchange of wine-making experiences, looking especially at sustainable development and climatic changes, as well as policies for tourism development.

Do Navarra expects ‘excellent’ 2016 vintage
Spain’s Navarra DO has officially brought its 2016 harvest to a close, with the general manager of the Consejo Regulador Navarra predicting an “excellent” 2016 vintage. Neighbour to Rioja, the region of Navarra in northern Spain extends from the central Pyrenees in the north to the Ebro Valley to the south. Since the 1980s, when it was more commonly associated with rosé wine made from Garnacha, the region has been successful in making a name for itself outside of its domestic markets, and is now known for its production of modern, keenly-priced wines thanks to vast improvements in winemaking technology and innovation in the region.

French firm purchases Italy's historic Biondi-Santi
French luxury group EPI and the Biondi Santi family of Italy have signed a deal giving EPI a significant stake in Tuscany's historic Biondi-Santi winery in Montalcino and forming a financial and strategic partnership to grow the brand. The price and details of the alliance were not disclosed. The deal was completed Dec. 16. "I have been working on this partnership for a year," Jacopo Biondi Santi told Wine Spectator. "It is a partnership between France and Italy, between Champagne and Brunello." Owned by the Descours family, EPI has owned the Champagne houses Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck since 2011.

Matt Kramer says the diverse world of wine is expanding
We're now seeing more wines, more interesting wines, from more (often very small) producers and more places than ever before. And yes, from more grape varieties and blends than most of us knew existed. Think of all that we're seeing from, say, southern Italy alone. Where once the likes of Sicily's Nerello Mascalese was beyond obscure, today it's the new darling. The white Pecorino grape, for its part, was considered very nearly extinct until the 1980s. Italy is famously chockablock with "unknown" grape varieties.

Distribution in NSW and Victoria
Frustrated by inadequate attention to your brand in the NSW and Victoria markets. Sales demographs today require the flexibility to trade with major retailers whilst maintaining the core presence in the on premise and independent markets. A juggling act at best, especially with third party distributors who are torn between self-preservation and appeasement of an epic sized volume of suppliers. We are a well-established and privately owned 30,000 case production premium winery with plans to grow to 50,000 per annum our wholesale price points well above $120 per dozen pre-tax.

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