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News posted on Monday, 22 February 2016

Vineyards fret over tax reforms amid earliest vintage in living memory
Wine makers in the Canberra district have experienced the earliest vintage in living memory with bountiful fruit, although many are concerned by a potentially devastating tax reform. Last week, a senate inquiry recommended the wine equalisation tax rebate – worth up to $500,000 – be phased out over five years and replaced by a grant scheme available to smaller vineyards.

'Sauvignon Blanc doesn't do well in hotter climates', expert warns
The future of some of Australia's favourite wine varieties such as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc is under threat from climate change as winemakers scramble to combat the impact of higher temperatures on vineyards, a leading academic says. Melbourne University professor Snow Barlow said warmer weather in many wine-growing regions across the country meant grapes were ripening an average of one day earlier per year, putting many viticulturists under pressure.

For & against: biodynamics
Is biodynamic farming all hype, or are there merits to this method? Erinn Klein and Ralph Kyte-Powell duel it out, providing the ‘for and against’ of this difficult practice. I grew up with biodynamics in our backyard gardens in Germany and later on our farms in Australia. I have never known any other way. I therefore instinctively didn’t entertain the thought of using chemicals to manage weeds, pests or diseases in establishing and running our vineyards and farm.

Rosé expected to outsell white wine in Australia in next decade, expert says
Wine lovers, it's time to put on your rosé-coloured glasses, because this pink lady is around to stay. Currently outselling white wine in France (and has been since 2008), it's a trend Peter Nixon, Business Manager of Fine Wine at Dan Murphy's Australia, expects to see replicated in Australia over the next decade. "We’ve been speaking about rosé for a few years, and it's definitely now taking off. We're seeing not only an increase in sales, but also just in interest

Halls Gap food and wine festival wins government support
The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Grampians Grape Escape attract more visitors than ever before. Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, has announced a $35,000 grant to help the time-honoured event with marketing and advertising. The grant has been provided to enable the region to welcome visitors from all over Australia to Halls Gap.

Sauvignon: ‘The grape that wine snobs cannot bear’
Name-dropping wine lovers may loathe Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s just as important as highbrow Pinot Noir, according to Oz Clarke. The opinion was expressed by the British wine writer and broadcaster at this month’s International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in New Zealand, which followed the Central Otago Pinot Celebration, which Clarke had also attended. “Sauvignon Blanc is the grape variety that wine snobs cannot bear."

SATIRE: Let's buy a vineyard in Marlborough
SATIRE: An international wine company worth a few billion dollars has started a Givealittle page asking people in Marlborough to help them buy a vineyard. Capitalist Wines is looking to raise $8 million to buy a 40-hectare plot in the grape-friendly Awatere Valley, south of Blenheim. The company has set a deadline of next Friday so charitable Marlburians are urged to donate as soon as possible.

Price formation in the French wine market
The price of French wine is only partially derived from the wines objective characteristics and is also based on a social process of qualification. In this process, several market actors – wine producers, distributors, experts, journalists, industry associations, marketing specialists and consumers – participate in establishing the qualities of French wine. As a result, what qualifies as quality often depends on the social class and status position of the consumer.

A cheeky little wine column
Wine talk has long been a soft target for satire. The pomposity and pretension, the anxiety about class, the seemingly random free-association and accidental surrealism … it was all gently skewered, as early as 1937, when the New Yorker published James Thurber’s cartoon, where a dinner party host discusses “a naïve domestic Burgundy, without any breeding, but I’m sure you’ll be amused by its presumption”.

‘Real significance’ to wine in grocery stores
The Niagara wine industry is applauding Thursday’s announcement from the provincial government that wine will be sold in up to 300 grocery stores across Ontario. Wine, beer and cider will be available for sale in 70 grocers this fall. “This is of real significance to our industry,” said Patrick Gedge, president of the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario, based in Vineland.

How to know if your winery should blog
Most wineries ask themselves the question, “Should I blog?” Many answers are relevant. Yes to greater SEO. Yes to driving traffic to your website. Yes to getting attention on social media. But also yes because the more you blog the more you will understand how to communicate with your customers, the more you will know what your customers want, and the more you will know your own business.

Speedy vintage analysis
It’s that time of the year again with vintage 2016 now in full swing. AWRI Commercial Services offers efficient and accurate vintage analyses, which can assist your company in making this vintage a successful one. For vintage analysis pricing check out our latest vintage purchase order. For information on all other analytical services, download the latest price list or visit the analyses page.

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