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News posted on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Champagne keeps flowing at Vasse Felix
The champagne is rarely on ice at Vasse Felix these days. Margaret River's first wine estate, already celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is now rated the best new world winery in the world by influential US wine publication Wine Enthusiast. Source, WA Today.

Anderson Winery celebrates 25 years
“Maybe I was stubbornly hopeful,” Howard Anderson says of the mindset that carried him through the first decade of running his own winery in North East Victoria. This year Anderson Winery celebrates a quarter of a century in the game. Source, The Weekly Times.

Shaking up tradition at Whistler Wines
Producing a “pleasure product” is “pretty unique in an ag sense”, according to Whistler Wines owner Josh Pfeiffer. The second generation Barossa grapegrower and winemaker believes he has one of the country’s most rewarding jobs. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Leading the charge on winemaking success
Oxford-educated Robyn Lewis says she is encouraged by the growing number of women who are the sole or equal decision-makers in farms. “However, I think women aren’t given sufficient credit for what they do. Running an agribusiness is a partnership. Both partners should be treated equally." Source, The Weekly Times.

SA's agri-revenue hits high
Food and wine revenue across South Australia has increased by more than $1 billion over last year, a 7 per cent increase. Most of the increase can from last year’s record grain harvest and the growing value of the wine sector. Source, The Naracoorte Herald.

Where un-sellable wine goes to die
It’s where all the watery beer that didn’t end up at frat parties does its final keg stand. And it’s the fate that awaits the wine Robert Parker spits and finds not up to snuff, and where cases upon cases of Merlot likely were sent after the Pinot-pocalypse that was Sideways. Source, Quartz.

Everyone wants a wine experience
But how about just a nice wine? Is that asking too much? Or too little? Anyone who knew wine even 10 years ago, never mind 20 years ago or more, could echo her assertion in a wine context. You had a little piece of paper—a merchant’s newsletter, an advertisement, a restaurant wine list—with a bunch of known-to-you wine names on it, and they would sell with no fuss. Source, Wine Spectator.

Barbaresco's winery in a train station
South Australian winemaker Dave Fletcher recalls his first taste of Italian nebbiolo, back in 2000. Curiosity about the native Piedmontese grape turned into fascination, and a new life. Dave and his wife, Eleanor, opened their own winery and cellar door, La Stazione, this year. Source, Gourmet Traveller.

A rundown of the HK wine and spirits fair
With increased attendance at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (HIWSF) and newly introduced preferential measures towards wine imports from Hong Kong to mainland China, Hong Kong’s role as a wine trading hub was affirmed at the 10th edition of the wine fair. Source, The Drinks Business.

Rural women award winner for Central
Central Otago winemaker Debra Cruickshank is the supreme winner of the Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Cruickshank, of Tannacrieff Wines, was one of four finalist vying for the award at the RWNZ National Conference in Invercargill on Saturday. Source, Stuff.

Analytics to boost wine sales
nzwinehome, an online wines sale site set up to enable New Zealand winemakers to sell wine overseas, has partnered with business intelligence and analytics company, Mero to provide an analytics service, nzwinemetrics, to help winemakers boost overseas sales. Source, Computer World.

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