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News posted on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tasmanian growers accused of undercutting New Zealand with export subsidy
The New Zealand horticultural industry is crying foul over freight subsidies for Tasmanian exporters, complaining it allows them to undercut New Zealand in overseas markets. Tasmanian wine is just one of the products propped up by the freight subsidy, along with onions and cherries. Australia has defended the subsidies, known as the Freight Equalisation Scheme, as being compliant with the World Trade Organisation rules, but the New Zealand horticulture industry disagrees.

Top wine regions at risk from climate change
Climate change has created gold-medal growing conditions for some of the world’s most renowned wine regions, producing late-season hot spells that help grapes ripen. But the benefits could be short-lived, with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne no longer able to produce the wines that made them famous. Scientists from NASA and Harvard University have found that global warming has changed the recipe for producing top wine vintages.

Complex history behind Treasury's turnaround
Treasury Wine Estates traces its roots back to the establishment of Penfolds in Adelaide, South Australia, in the mid-1840s, and the founding of Beringer Vineyards in the Napa Valley in 1876. Penfolds was eventually acquired by Southcorp, and over time, Beringer acquired other wineries, too, including St. Clement, Stags’ Leap Winery and Etude in Napa Valley and Chateau St. Jean and Chateau Souverain in Sonoma County and Meridian in Paso Robles.

TasTafe prepares students for the future of viticulture
With the 2016 vintage season in full swing, it is a great time to be involved in the Tasmanian wine industry, according to industry experts. The Certificate II in Wine Industry Operations, offered at TasTafe, has become “extremely popular over the years,” teacher Mark Brewer said. Students who attend the Alanvale Campus are privileged to an onsite vineyard.

New cellar door at Langhorne Creek
TOMORROW’s official opening of Vineyard Road Cellar Door in Langhorne Creek is the culmination of 20 years’ work. But for FABAL chief executive Chris Day, it is only the beginning of an exciting new era for the diversified SA-based company. Next month will see the launch of a Shanghai office, timed to coincide with the State Government’s trade mission, which Mr Day and other company executives will partake in, and the Federal Government’s Australia Week in China.

Hands on for special vintage
For Clearview co-owner and winemaker Tim Turvey it matters little that pressing a small quantity of very special grapes can take half a day when there is a way of getting it done that takes barely an hour. It could be dealt with using a hydraulic press in 50 or so minutes, while the "half a day" method uses a traditional basket press, which is literally hands-on.

Central Otago grape harvest kicks off early
After months of pruning, thinning, frost-fighting and growing - plump, sugary, juicy bunches of grapes have started to be picked across Central Otago vineyards. Burn Cottage Vineyard, an organic and biodynamic vineyard in the Cromwell basin, is one of the first vineyards to start harvesting its pinot noir grapes for 2016. Vineyard manager Shane Livingstone said a hot, dry summer had meant the harvest had started slightly earlier this season.

Why it’s so hard for wines from other countries to make it in America
“I just got back from (pick a country) where we had this fabulous wine. I asked for it at my favorite wine shop, but they said it wasn’t available here. What’s up with that?” We hear ya! The problem is, the U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, but also the most difficult for brands to break into. That’s because after Prohibition, the Federal Government put in place a structure to control and regulate wines and spirits to make sure guys like Al Capone stay out of the business.

The world’s most pathetic wine grape
This story is about the world’s most pathetic wine grape. Its history is exaggerated. It was used for a few decades to play one role that is no longer needed, yet still people grow it – though even its proponents don’t think it has much virtue. It reminds me of the nebbish in a World War II platoon: it can’t shoot straight or do anything else of value, but it’s one of the gang and survives, so it shows up at all the reunions and people look on it fondly.

Pét-Nat: When Sparkling Wine Goes Au Naturel
PÉT-NAT MUST BE one of the cutest monikers in the wine world today. The whimsical nickname for pétillant-naturel, a slightly sparkling natural wine, also happens to capture its character best. Softly effervescent, sometimes quite frothy and ranging in style from dry to sweet, pét-nat can be as much fun to drink as it is to pronounce.

United Wineries and North South Wines sign exclusive distribution deal
Independent wine supplier United Wineries has appointed North South Wines as the sole UK and Ireland agents for both its Berberana and Monistrol still and sparkling Spanish wine brands. It follows the success experienced by North South Wines in distributing the brands into the UK impulse and cash-and-carry channels through 2015.

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