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News posted on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Australian production, sales and inventory trends
Wine Australia’s latest report, Australian wine: Production, sales and inventory 2015-16, shows that both production and sales increased domestically and internationally last financial year. Australia’s wine production was up by 10 per cent to 1.31 billion litres in 2016– the highest since 2006. This was the result of higher than average yields combined with above-average juice extraction rates.

Quality over quantity: Latest beverage trend
Australian consumers are drinking less but are happy to spend more for quality, said industry leaders at the recent Pub Leaders Summit. Operators and managers from across Australia’s pub sector met at Randwick Racecourse on 20 March for the annual Pub Leaders Summit, hosted by Australian Hotelier, with key discussion points including regional opportunities, staff retention, marketing/PR and the blurring of lines between restaurant and pub meals.

CSU boutique wine celebrates connections
Charles Sturt University's (CSU) new boutique wine to be launched on Wednesday 22 March is a toast to the expertise of Alumni and students. The 2016 boutique vintage of 550 cases includes Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rose, Tempranillo, and Nebbiolo wines. Fruit has been sourced from premium NSW growing regions including, Orange, Tumbarumba, Hilltops and Canberra.

Bathurst winemakers: A good season ahead
Grape picking has commenced, fermentation is underway and the next vintage of Bathurst wines is being produced. Bathurst may be a small winemaking region compared to others, but its award-winning vignerons are just as dedicated. Mark Renzaglia, from Renzaglia Wines, said all of his white varieties have been picked and were currently fermenting.

2017 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year
Now in its 12th year, the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the year competition continues to grow along with the calibre of the contestants. Aimed at growing the future leaders of the New Zealand wine industry, the competition increases the confidence, skills and networking opportunities for all those who compete. This gives the contestants as well as the wine industry a very strong foundation from which to continually improve and develop.

Misha’s Vineyard unveils tasting room
Misha’s Vineyard has opened a tasting room in Cromwell, the heart of the Central Otago wine region. The ideal location overlooking Lake Dunstan on the main approach to Cromwell, is already proving a busy destination for wine lovers.

Research shows opportunity for low/no-alcohol
One third of Britons have reduced their alcohol intake over the past year, according to the latest research from Mintel. The market analyst said the findings indicate a “significant opportunity” for low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers, ciders and wines, a sector which is already seeing a raft of new product development.

Changing tastes: China’s imported wine industry
China’s taste for wine is growing rapidly, and the country is set to overtake the UK to become the world’s second largest wine market by 2020, reaching a value of US$21 billion. According to VINEXPO research, the market is anticipated to grow by an average of seven percent each year over the next four years, with 6.1 billion litres of wine expected to be sold in 2020.

Billionaire built wine brand with Instagram
Howard Leight's winery, Malibu Rocky Oaks, which sits at a commanding elevation of 2000 feet in the Santa Monica Mountains, was born almost by accident. In 2005, Leight purchased the 37-acre parcel of land in Malibu and began construction. The grape vines that were planted were primarily placed there to assist with water runoff from the mountainsides.

Fears over sommelier shortfall
Brexit is making it harder to recruit talented sommeliers from Europe, according to senior members of the UK trade - echoing growing concerns throughout the UK hospitality industry. Many of the top sommeliers in the UK come from EU member countries and have played strong roles in a boom period for fine dining and high-end gastropubs in Britain in the past 20 years.

Quiet corner of the Hunter Valley goes Italian
A Little Bit of Italy in Broke brings the essence of Italian hospitality and cuisine to the picturesque Broke-Fordwich region each April. And food lovers, the countdown to the 12th annual festival has well and truly begun. The foodie festival returns to the Hunter Valley on April 7, 8 and 9. The signature event of the weekend is La Grande Festa, to be held in the award-winning Margan Barrel Room on the Saturday evening.


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