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News posted on Thursday, 21 December 2017

A fresh new Israeli wine from ancient grapes
Marawi 2014 was the first commercial wine produced in Israel from this grape, and it made waves worldwide. Now it is already in its third year. Even now, when people in the wine business, who have already tasted thousands of wines, visit Israel, this is usually the first Israeli wine they ask to taste, for the simple reason that they’ve never encountered this variety. Source, Haaretz.

Paso Robles donates fire relief funds
Over 90 Paso Robles wineries and wine-related businesses pulled together to raise funds to help struggling neighbors in the north. The Foundation will disseminate the funds between three charities aiding in the recovery efforts. Source, Paste Magazine.

Chill your wine on the drive
December means holiday parties. For those of us driving there, a design studio in Pittsburgh has come up with a genius idea that’ll keep your wine cool as you’re dashing through the snow, using the winter air. Source, VinePair.

Discovering Ferrari wine in Northern Italy
"Matteo spoke with conviction; something that you don't see every day. He explained passionately that the future of his family's brand hinges on their efforts to become a sustainable organisation-not selling more bottles of sparkling wine or entering a plethora of new markets-but by being ethically sound." Source, The Baltimore Sun.

2017 in label and packaging design
There’s no doubt that a focus to lift Australian brands toward a more premium market is happening nationwide. Whether it’s to push export markets or solidify a reputation domestically, it seems like every wine this year was released in the 20 something dollar price range. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

A majority-Indigenous owned winery creating change
While there are already a handful of wineries run by First Nations people in Canada, Gondwana Wines is hoping to do the same in Australia. It's a majority-Indigenous owned wine company and social enterprise founded by Worimi entrepreneur Alisi Tutuila, that aims to simultaneously make great wine, promote Indigenous Australian culture and give back to the community itself. Source, Mashable.

Sunraysia cleaning up after storm
Sunraysia residents are cleaning up after thunderstorms and 90 km/h winds battered the region yesterday. Mildura SES has received more than 200 calls for assistance. While the shed at Chateau Mildura has been blown over, most grapevines in the region remain unscathed. Source, Sunraysia Daily.

Polperro on the Mornington Peninsula
If you’re after a quintessential Mornington Peninsula dining experience, Polperro should be at the top of your list. The 80-seat bistro offers panoramic views of the surrounding vineyard and native angophora trees. Source, Broadsheet.

New hybrid tractor tyre due in vineyards soon
The hybrid track tyre first seen at Agritechnica four years ago looks set to be available in Australia by the end of next year. Constructed as a tyre with a flexible inset sidewall, the PneuTrac runs as a normal tyre when inflated but is designed to run when deflated to create a larger footprint and reduce compaction. Source, The Weekly Times.

A momentous year for NZ wine
"Vintage 2017 itself was looking extremely promising throughout the country, until two tropical cyclones hit, bringing with them rain and more rain. Yields were down which in some ways was a saving grace for Marlborough. But in the end the fruit came in, and at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards, many of the 2017 wines were lauded, despite the compromising weather," writes Tessa Nicholson for The NZ Winegrower.

Fabulous festive fizz
"I've sampled a few less well known labels recently, so if you're feeling a little jaded with your usual choices, you might find some inspiration below," writes Mark Henderson for Otago Daily Times.

A momentous year for NZ wine
"Vintage 2017 itself was looking extremely promising throughout the country, until two tropical cyclones hit, bringing with them rain and more rain. Yields were down which in some ways was a saving grace for Marlborough. But in the end the fruit came in, and at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards, many of the 2017 wines were lauded, despite the compromising weather," writes Tessa Nicholson for Rural News Group.


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