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News posted on Thursday, 22 June 2017

Government review for Riverina
The Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board hopes a New South Wales State Government review will result in it regaining powers to influence grape prices. Chief executive Brian Simpson said prior to 2000 the board had the ability to vest grapes and negotiate the grape price on behalf of all growers. Source, The ABC.

Wine prices about to rise
The global wine industry is showing signs of recovery after years of oversupply and subdued prices. Figures from Wine Australia show supply dropping to about 26 billion litres, from a high of about 29 billion litres in 2013. Meanwhile, demand is expected to steadily increase. Source, Byron Shire News.

Young Gun of Wine correction
Yesterday's newsletter was released with an incorrect statement of the winner of the 2017 Young Gun of Wine Awards. The mistake was corrected on the online platform however inbox copy's remained incorrect. Congratulations to Michael Downer at Murdoch Hill for taking out the prize.

Success for Mortimers of Orange
The corks were popping at Mortimers of Orange Wines this week after the Burrendong Way winery picked up four international medals and extended its export deal. Owner Peter Mortimer said the winery had won four medals in the 2017 Shanghai International Wine Challenge held this month. Source, Central Western Daily.

Why is China buying up Aussie farmland?
"The Australian wine sector is growing at a fast rate," says Mitchell Taylor, the winery's managing director. "And what is exciting is the top level, about 20 to 30 dollars a bottle and above, that segment is growing at 53 percent." That's thanks, in part, to China. Source, Red River Radio.

0.5% alcohol wine category deemed "heinous"
Félix Solís has teamed up with Tesco to launch three wines containing just 0.5% alcohol, admitting that the category has been “heinous” for wine lovers. The new range, which is exclusive to Tesco, comprises a Cabernet Tempranillo, Garnacha-Rosé and a Sauvignon Blanc. Source, The Drinks Business.

Liv-Ex launches wine matcher
Liv-ex has launched its latest artificial intelligence tool for the fine wine trade – Wine Matcher. The machine learning tool has already been awarded the prize for ‘Best Supply Chain Initiaive’ at this year’s DB Awards. Source, The Drinks Business.

Italian WM mad about "Justin Beiber" wines
Too many producers are so concerned about what the market wants that they are making commercially focused “Justin Bieber” wines according to Italian winemaker and consultant Alberto Antonini. Source, The Drinks Business.

CAWG asks FDA to exempt wine grapes
Since wine grapes are rarely consumed raw, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) on June 15 asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exempt the fruit from its produce safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Source, Western Farm Press.

Mt Edward Winery licence renewed
A Gibbston winery has had its off-licence renewed for three years by the district licensing committee, despite an objection from its neighbours who accused staff of intimidating waving. Source, Otago Daily Times.

More ag focus needed
The Government needs to ensure we get more agricultural trade with the European Union in any potential free trade agreement – but don’t expect completely free trade, says expert Stephen Jacobi. Source, Rural News Group.

Attention Australian Gamay producers
The Wine & Viticulture Journal is inviting producers of varietal Gamay in Australia to take part in its forthcoming tasting.

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