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News posted on Thursday, 23 April 2015

Place of origin works in favour of Australian wines
It's not just the beer, the crocodile hunters and the Great Barrier Reef that bring smiles to the faces of foreigners. This past week the University of Adelaide's Wine Business department released the results of a worldwide research project which says overseas consumers like the Aussie quaffers. The results were published in Australia's Food Magazine and in a press release from the university. “Our international customers and consumers believe that our wine and our winemakers are authentic and exciting,” said Dr Roberta Crouch, lead researcher on the project.

Rutherglen winemakers finish wine grape harvest before big wet
Winemakers in one of Australia's premier wine regions have finished this season's grape harvest early. The Rutherglen region, which is famous for producing some of the world's best Muscat and Topaque, has battled a number of natural disasters including frosts and flooding rains in the last decade. This season growers avoided disaster and were ready to make great wine. For Colin Campbell, senior winemaker and director of Campbells Wines, the tough years have been infuriating.

Newspapers chasing liquor industry dollars
Australia’s four largest newspaper publishers have come together to launch a campaign named "Influential by Nature". The campaign is the largest marketing initiative ever undertaken by The Newspaper Works – the industry body that represents APN News & Media, Fairfax Media, News Corp Australia and West Australian Newspapers (Seven West Media) – and aims to convey the influence of newspapers in consumer alcohol spend.

WineVine.tv launches new global digital video
SYDNEY: WineVine.tv announces the launch of its digital TV channel dedicated to all things wine. www.winevine.tv offers the global wine community a place to view, discover and enjoy a full-bodied blend of knowledge, information and entertainment, delivered by a collection of expert hosts. The channel will include every aspect of wine enjoyment, delivering expert opinion and commentary to consumers on all wine matters ranging from varietals to vintages, grape growth to winemaking, and retail to consumption.

Wine Australia launch Market Program Guide for user-pays activities
Wine Australia has launched its updated Market Program Guide outlining upcoming user-pays activities available to wine brands, exporters, importers, regions and states to promote Australian wine both domestically and in key export markets. The guide currently includes 53 user-pays opportunities in 16 markets ranging from trade-focused events, consumer events, retail promotions, tastings and masterclasses, educational initiatives and advertorial opportunities to sommelier and trade immersion activities, that all aim to promote the diversity, quality and regionality of Australian wine.

$1.35m funding brings ‘Joiy’ for Wellington winemakers
Global markets are in the sights of Archer McRae Beverages after closing a $1.35 million funding round this month, with their flagship beverage ‘Joiy’ – the largest single capital raise of a Creative HQ start-up. Helmed by founder Chris Archer, Joiy is the product of 25 years of award winning wine making, coupled with global ambitions and a customer centric approach. Joiy was part of business incubator Creative HQ’s global growth programme last year.

Giesen Wines celebrating International Sauvignon Blanc Day
Giesen Wines is celebrating International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday, April 24, with its Marlborough growers. It is the sixth annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day - an online initiative that started in California with St Supery Winery as a global social media wine tasting. Giesen has one of the most diverse Sauvignon Blanc portfolios in New Zealand, producing eight main styles ranging from its ever popular Giesen Estate, which is exported to 30 countries, through to the super premium Fuder range.

Tesco 2015 results report a £6.4 billion loss
Tesco has reported the worst annual financial results in the retailer’s 96 year history, showing a loss of £6.376bn (A$12.36) and underlying profit before tax fall just over 70 per cent for the year. Dave Lewis, Tesco chief executive, said it had been a very difficult year for the supermarket giant. “The results we have published today reflect a deterioration in the market, and more significantly, an erosion of our competitiveness over recent years,” he said.

Raise tax on wine with higher alcohol: expert
Increased tax on high-alcohol wines should be considered to limit their health risk, a leading expert has urged. Professor Joe Barry voiced concerns that high alcohol levels in some wines could be contributing to a surge in liver disease, particularly among women. Global warming and increased wine imports from New World countries such as Australia and Chile have been posited as the reason for a worldwide rise in alcohol levels in wine in recent decades. Hotter climates are generally associated with a higher sugar and alcohol content in wine.

The head of China’s biggest wine brand admits its wines are terrible
Ning Gaoning, the chairman of Cofco, the state-owned grain company that operates China’s biggest wine producer, told a conference in Switzerland what Chinese oenophiles have long known: its wines are “not very good”. From China’s vast wine market to its rising disposable income levels, there should be no shortage of incentives for Chinese winemakers to produce better vintages. In 2012 China (including Hong Kong) became the world’s largest market for red wine.

A new dawn for Napa Cab in Hong Kong?
Napa Cabernet offers good value for money and is seeing a resurgence in consumer interest, says Silverado’s general manager, Russell Weis. Speaking to the drinks business, Weis said he felt wines from California occupied “a value position” in the Asian market, especially Hong Kong. “Traditionally speaking of course, Burgundy and Bordeaux still dominate but people are realising that Napa Valley offers amazing single expressions of Cabernet, but without that Bordeaux price tag.”

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