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News posted on Friday, 22 December 2017

US billionaire's NZ wine plans
A US billionaire is funnelling tens of millions of dollars into a three-pronged New Zealand fine wine investment, in an ambitious attempt to mirror a business model developed by a French insurance giant. The hope is to prove to the world that this country isn’t just a high-volume, low-price producer of sauvignon blanc – that it can, in fact, produce some of the best fine wine in the world. Source, Newsroom.

New winemaking course trial in Blenheim
The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is trialling a new course next year and it's all about making wine. NMIT deputy head of department for primary industries Sue Blackmore said the six-month entry level course was designed to give students a taste of the wine industry. Source, Stuff.

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Turnbull comments put China trade at risk
Australian exporters and tourism operators could face a Chinese consumer backlash if strained relations between Canberra and Beijing worsen. Australian agriculture exports - especially dairy, meat and wine - as well as complementary medicines are most at risk from a consumer boycott. Source, SBS.

Shaw + Smith's piece of the puzzle
Foot-stomping approval followed critical acclaim with the announcement of Shaw + Smith as the winners of the latest Hot 100 Wines competition. For the winemakers, the award is another significant step in a continuing pursuit to perfect their Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. Source, The Adelaide Review.

Tassie country 2017 wrap
In August, winemakers Peter Dredge and James Broinowski were among those leading a new generation, with recognition among the nation’s best new wineries and in a perfect end to 2017 Tasmanian winemaker Arras celebrated a massive year with a clean sweep of the capital city wine shows its sparkling wine contested. Source, The Weekly Times.

Locals not a fan of proposed wine price hike
News of another proposed price hike on alcohol has Warwick business owners, local producers and shoppers seeing red, but those fighting the battle against binge drinking believe a hike would have benefits. Source, Warwick Daily.

Single vineyard Champagne
Champagne, it is often said, celebrates the art of blending. Some producers have taken the notion of specificity even further. In the last 20 years, Champagnes in which all the grapes come from a single vineyard, or a single plot within a larger vineyard, have proliferated. Source, The New York Times.

Global wine barrel market boost
The global wine barrel market is expected to project a fairly positive outlook over the forecast period, with emerging economies such as South Africa, China, Brazil, India, etc. registering comprehensive growth over the forecast period. The Western Europe region accounts for nearly 1/3th of the global wine barrel market. Source, Cision.

Key wine themes for 2018
"Earlier this week I wrote about five topics that were highlights of the year in wine. I opened the discussion to feedback and comments from readers. Who, for you, impacted your experience of wine this year? Indigenous grapes and women in wine," writes Cathy Huyghe for Forbes.

Wine of success and happiness
It was not until the 1990s that Israel took a giant step forward to produce quality sparkling wine. The Golan Heights Winery, showing the seriousness and professionalism that set them apart, sent their new winemaker, a youngster called Victor Schoenfeld, to work for six months at Jacquesson Champagne to learn the secrets of the “champenoise.” Source, Jerusalem Post.


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