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News posted on Monday, 22 May 2017

The rapidly changing Chinese wine industry
"China is a country where things move fast. I first visited in 2004, amidst the pre-Olympics building boom. This was when bikes were an essential mode of transport for most Beijingers; the bike lanes were congested and you could easily hail a taxi with the wave of a hand." Source, Winetitles.

Viticulture open day success
Three active participants in the supply of tractors, spraying equipment and viticultural services recently combined to present an after vintage open day at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Attracting about 30 vineyard managers and owners, the day has been judged as a success. Source, Winetitles.

Q&A with Stephanie Toole at Mt Horrocks
"Mount Horrocks came on the market and I thought, 'Well, that will give me something to do.' It was a huge learning curve. I had to juggle a new business, I was pregnant when I bought it and I had two children 15 months apart." This year is Toole's 25th vintage. Source, The Source SA.

Behind the Seppelt 2007 sparkling Shiraz
The Australian sparkling wine of the year is, oddly enough, made from Shiraz in a manner pioneered in this country in the 1890s. Seppelt Show Sparkling Limited Release Shiraz 2007 was at the “pinnacle of Australian sparkling winemaking”, said judge Tyson Stelzer in his annual Australian Sparkling Wine Report. Source, The Courier Mail.

Laboratory made wines soon for sale
“They have ownership of the trademarks, but this isn’t a counterfeit business, the pitch is not to trick consumers they’re buying the real thing, the pitch is to have the same experience at a lower price.” The company plans to release its first wines – a sweet sparkler based on Moscato d’Asti, a pair of reds and a dry white – later this year. Source, The Guardian.

English white named one of best in world
A £13 bottle of wine from Norfolk has been crowned one of the best in the world. The still Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus white wine won the platinum best in show medal for best value white wine made from a single grape variety at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Source, The Independent.

Asking 11 Somms the most underrated wine region
So many fascinating wine regions exist in the world, producing exquisite wines of superior quality, yet they often get left in the shadows of their more famous counterparts. Vinepair took it to the pros and asked 11 sommeliers around the country which wine regions they deem the most underrated. Source, Vinepair.

Should you hire a wine consultant?
Many employees dismiss consultants as people who “borrow your watch to tell you the time” — and then charge you for the privilege. But in the wine industry over two-thirds of wineries hire consultants to improve the quality of their wines. So, why do it? Source, Harvard Business Review.

Indonesia jokes of certified Halal Aussie wine
Trade Minister Enggartiasto "Enggar" Lukita has floated an idea of requiring Australian wine sold in Indonesia to pass halal certification and use plain packaging in retaliation for the neighbouring country "undermining" the selling of Indonesian tobacco and paper. Source, The Jakarta Post.

William Hill Estate sold, to be subdivided
A semirural subdivision is being planned for Dunstan Rd on the site of the former William Hill Vineyard. Alexandra property developer Russell Ibbotson is planning to develop the 16ha block into 20 roughly 4000sqm titles, with two areas in common of about 4ha each which would adjoin each of the properties. Source, Otago Daily Times.

Tough season for New Zealand
Winemakers are still counting their gains and losses after a poor season in some regions. NZ Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said he won't have all the figures until the end of June. "It's been challenging. The vintage will be smaller than the industry expected." Source, Stuff.

Future Wine Leaders announced
16 talented and driven professionals from the Australian grape and wine community have been chosen to be the Future Leaders 2017. he Future Leaders program is designed to develop participants’ leadership capabilities and encourage innovation and thoughtful debate on the future of the sector. Source, Winetitles.

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