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News posted on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Climate change from a global wine industry perspective
The overall wine industry consensus is that global climate change is real, but in the vineyard, the results are neither uniform nor clearcut, nor can they strictly be attributed to the climate. Denis Dubourdieu, winemaker and Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux reports the French climate definitely warmed between 2000 and 2010 and, despite variations from year to year, France has produced a number of great vintages within that decade. Meanwhile, in Australia, Brian Croser says by adapting to it, warming has been an overall plus for Tapanappa Wines.

Hunter Valley rising star awarded the Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship
Alex Beckett, a born and bred Hunter Valley wine enthusiast, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. Beckett, a fourth year Viticulture and Oenology student at the University of Adelaide, will receive $5000 towards his tertiary studies, as well as the opportunity to steward at the 2016 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, in July. “I was very lucky to have grown up in the Hunter, which has created opportunities from my first cellar door job through to this amazing scholarship opportunity,” Beckett said.

New scholarship for South Australian ‘Women in Wine’
TAFE SA is introducing a new scholarship to support South Australian women looking for careers in wine. TAFE SA Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and French Wine Scholar Gill Gordon-Smith says she had been inspired by the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards in 2015 to show support to other women keen to develop their career in the industry. McLaren Vale Winemaker and Australian Women in Wine Awards advisory committee member Corrina Wright said the amazing work that women are doing in wine should be more widely recognised.

WA's Sandalford calls on government to reconsider WET changes
REDUCING the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate will have a “catastrophic” impact on jobs in the local industry, says the boss behind one of WA’s oldest wineries. The Turnbull Government announced in its Budget that the WET rebate cap would be cut from $500,000 to $350,000 from July next year and further decrease to $290,000 in 2018. The changes are expected to boost government coffers by $300 million in revenue in the next four years, but Sandalford Winery chief executive Grant Brinklow said would also hurt WA’s largely boutique wine industry.

From Canada’s snow to sunny future in Hunter
Jeff Byrne came to Australia in 1995 with a backpack, a love of Caribbean rum and, bizarrely, a love of surfing. Bizarrely because in his homeland of Canada – he’s from Halifax, Nova Scotia – temperatures can regularly plummet to between minus 10 and minus 30 Celsius. Average snowfall is more than 150cm a year. Fast forward 21 years and he’s one of the Hunter Valley’s bright young winemakers, in charge of not one, but three labels … Audrey Wilkinson, Poole’s Rock and Cockfighter’s Ghost.

Strong 2016 New Zealand wine vintage supports export growth
As the 2016 harvest draws to a close in New Zealand, growers are reporting an excellent vintage with yields up 34% compared to last year’s smaller than average harvest. “The rebound in production from the 2016 Vintage will be another boost to the export ambitions of our sector. The 2016 Vintage will definitely keep us on track to achieve our goal of $2 billion of wine exports by 2020,” said Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers CEO.

Vineyard register gives lay of land
The New Zealand Wine Growers vineyard register 2015-18 arrived in Mark Henderson's inbox recently. While he's neither a statistician nor a mathematician, he enjoyed having a burrow into the facts and figures within as it gives a real 'state of the play' of our local industry. The plantings of all varieties are mapped out by region, and ranked nationally for both the current and previous year, with forecasts for the two years ahead. You can see where things stand, and spot any developing trends.

A complicated year for Champagne
The past three months have been disastrous for the Champagne vineyards because of the awful weather. This will be a make or break week in the grape growers fight against mildew. Between mid-April and early May there were a succession of heavy frosts. The growers in the Côte des Bar were the most severely affected. In Les Riceys 200 grape growers had 75% of their vines destroyed. The buds were burnt by a surprise winter frost. They are going to have to use their reserve wines and grapes from undamaged vines to make this year’s Champagne if they want to compensate their losses.

French vineyard to safeguard its entire output with NFC
The Geantet-Pansiot vineyard estate in Burgundy, France is to equip all of its wine bottles with a 'near field communication' (NFC) tag to let its customers authenticate the beverage and receive information about the wine directly on their smartphone. The implementation is a result of a partnership between digital authentication specialist Selinko and NXP and will be made available for all wine categories.

Vintners confront economic challenges of warming
What if a bottle of Pinot Noir wine from Oregon no longer tasted quite like it was grown in the cool Willamette Valley? Or if a Riesling from Germany's Mosel Valley tasted a little more like it was grown in warmer Austria? Those are the questions confronting winemakers worldwide as they figure out how to grow grapes and produce wine amid changing weather conditions and unpredictable climate patterns caused by a warming planet.

Q&A: Cultivating a vintage life with Michael Mondavi
There are few names in America as iconic as Mondavi, one of the original families who put California's Napa Valley on the winemaking map decades ago. The legacy of Mondavi, whose patriarch Robert died in 2008, is now in the hands of son Michael, 73. When the original business was sold to beverage giant Constellation Brands back in 2004, Michael Mondavi started again, building Folio Fine Wine Partners with his wife, son and daughter. In the latest instalment of Reuters' "Life Lessons" series, the legendary winemaker spoke about how growing a fruitful vineyard is very similar to cultivating a successful life.

Entries for 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge close next week
Wineries across Australia have until Friday 2 July to enter this year’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. Named in honour of Australia’s leading wine writer and Yarra Valley resident, James Halliday, the Chardonnay Challenge awards the top wine for each region and the best chardonnay of the year.

Exhibitor registrations now open for the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show
The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is an annual trade show and conference, open to trade professionals only, which takes place in San Francisco, CA. IBWSS exhibitors are wineries and distilleries looking to sell bulk wine and spirits, producers and negociants who offer contract manufacturing / private label programs and wineries / distilleries / importers who have one time excess stock to clear.

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