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News posted on Friday, 22 September 2017

Meet the 2017 Nuffield Scholarship recipient
Martin Gransden, from Orange NSW, has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, supported by Wine Australia, to research alternative wine grape varieties that can be introduced to the Australian wine sector. Source, Winetitles.

Clare Valley associations merge as one
The Clare Valley is set to make a change as grape growers and winemakers unite to form one strong representative body to lead them forward. A vote to formally amalgamate was passed yesterday, following two years of discussion and consultation between Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated and Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association. Source, Winetitles.

WFA to host free seminars on WET changes
To assist Australian winemakers with the transition to the new legislation, the WFA and State Wine Associations will be hosting a series of seminars with the ATO and Wine Australia as guest speakers, free of charge. Click to see if there's one near you. Source, Winetitles.

Craggy Range's third 'exceptional' vintage released
Craggy Range has launched its top-end wines from the 2015 harvest, the third of a string of “exceptional” consecutive vintages, according to its chief winemaker Matt Stafford, despite losing 50% of its crop at its Te Muna vineyard in Martinborough. Source, The Drinks Business

Would you buy wine at a Mongolian 4WD fest?
Is offering Australian wine to at least a million middle-class petrol heads at an off road car festival in a desert in inner Mongolia a good idea? Online wine distributor Dawine reckons it's worth a go. Dawine will showcase and sell Australian and French wines at the week long Alxa FB-Life Festival to be held from October 1 in the Gobi Desert. Source, SBS.

Griffith dominates Riverina wine awards
An evening filled with its own wine and dine experiences saw wineries from the Griffith area take out a cavalcade of awards. McWilliams Family Winemakers and Calabria Family Wines both enjoyed an array of impressive accolades. Source, Area News.

China's biggest wine import city could be Xiamen
China’s coastal city Xiamen in Fujian province has opened a sprawling 5,900-square-metre wine trade centre, which it hopes will allow the city to become the largest trading centre for imported wines in China within five years. Source, The Drinks Business.

Emirates embraces NZ's heritage wine
Shandelle Battersby, from the NZ Herald, explains how Emirates have embraced heritage wines from Marlborough. Premium wines grown there are being served to world travellers in the most comfortable environment possible at 40,000ft, on board Emirates planes flying to and from the Oceania region.

Watch this wine barrel explode in slow motion
A sealed barrel of wine built up too much pressure from gas created during fermentation. Then, when the clamp on the barrel was released, the red wine gushed into the air like a geyser. Click through to watch the video. Source, Duke's Folly Wines.

Half of visitors to California are drawn to luxury
California wine country is a big draw for luxury travelers, according to a new report from the Wine Institute. According to an online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who had recently visited, nearly 50 percent stayed in luxury hotels versus a national norm of about 15 percent staying in the equivalent of five-star properties. Source, TAC.

Wine is now the favourite collectable of the rich
Fine wine is now the best-performing collectable of the world's wealthy collectors, with values soaring 25 percent over the past 12 months, according to a new report. The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index found that wine has replaced classic cars as the top collectable. Source, CBNC.

Entries for Hot 100 wines closing soon!

Entries for Hot 100 wines closing soon!
Hot 100 Wines finds and celebrate SA’s 100 most drinkable wines. Entries to the 2017/18 season of Hot 100 Wines close on Friday, September 29, so get in while you still can.

Clare Valley associations merge as one
The Clare Valley is set to make a change as grape growers and winemakers unite to form one strong representative body to lead them forward. A vote to formally amalgamate was passed yesterday, following two years of discussion and consultation between Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated and Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association. Source, Winetitles.

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