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News posted on Monday, 23 May 2016

PM pushes free trade in Tas winery visit
Tasmanian vineyard Josef Chromy makes very good wine, so it might be thought Malcolm Turnbull would get to try a drop or two when he dropped in on Friday. Not at all. “It's not appropriate to be feeding alcoholic beverages to the prime minister before lunch," joked winemaker Jeremy Dineen. In fact their prize example, a 2011 chardonnay judged the best in the world, sold out within days.

Wineries offer fans opportunity to rent vines and make their own personal drop
Fancy serving your own custom bottle of wine at your next dinner party? You could name it after yourself or perhaps your dog – Quin's Shiraz, perhaps? For a handful of Victorians who appreciate a boutique drop but don't have the time – or the millions of dollars to set up their own vineyard – they are jumping on the sharing economy bandwagon and renting vines.

The new wave of Oz
In 40 years of observing the wine scene, I have never known it to be in such a state of flux. Until a few years ago, all of the world’s winemakers seemed to be going in the same direction, roughly in pursuit of a local copy of the French classics, more or less styled to appeal to the perceived tastes of the most powerful American critics. Big and bold held sway.

Grapegrowers look to cannabis crops after table grape industry turns sour
Cannabis crops could be the new industry for drought-stricken farmers in south-west Queensland. The decision by the Federal Government to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis has communities around the country vying for the right to grow the crop. Representatives from Queensland Health and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries met with potential growers in Atherton earlier this week.

Meet Peter Gago — the winemaker driving Penfolds’ worldwide success
Peter Gago admits he’s in the grip of the grape. Others might say obsessed. Years ago the man who is now chief winemaker at Penfolds donated some treasured bottles from his extensive collection for a raffle to raise money for his wife, Labor MP Gail Gago’s election campaign. Not long after the draw, remorse kicked in. Gago couldn’t help himself: he went and bought two of the prizes back from the winners.

Vineyard worker lives in Blenheim car park building after struggling to find accommodation
Each morning James Caldwell packs up his cardboard and blankets before making his way down the stairs of a Blenheim car park building he has dubbed The Ritz. The Blenheim vineyard worker has slept in the stairwell of one of the town's few high rise buildings for the past four months. "It's got to the stage now where the cleaners say hello to me in the morning."

Nano Girl Michelle Dickinson: Water into wine
The New Zealand wine industry is big business with an estimated annual turnover of $2 billion, $1.42 billion of which comes from export earnings. That makes wine our sixth-largest export by value and with so much scientific research into wine, studying what makes our wine command such a high average price is crucial for sustaining this industry.

Japan tipped to become largest market for sparkling wines in Asia-Pacific over next 5 years
HONG KONG — Japanese consumers seem to be developing quite a taste for bubbly, with a recent study predicting that Japan will become the largest market for sparkling wines in Asia-Pacific over the next five years. According to a Vinexpo study, the consumption of sparkling wine in Japan is forecast to grow 23% between 2015 and 2019, reaching a volume of 4.84 million cases and overtaking Australia as the largest market for sparkling wines in Asia-Pacific.

London Wine Fair attendance drops 2%
The number of people visiting the London Wine Fair decreased by 2% this year to 14,401, however this was still higher than the 11,000 recorded in 2014. Visitor breakdown by sector remained the same, with just under a third (30%) of visitors attending from the on-trade, and 10% of visitors from the independent sector. “The feedback we have had for this year’s show has been overwhelmingly positive, from exhibitors and visitors alike,” said Ross Carter, show director.

Winery CEO claims his Cab Sav sales mirror widely-followed economic indicator
If you want insight into how the economy is faring, you might want to see how your local wine shop is doing. David Duncan, president and CEO of family-owned California winery Silver Oak Cellars, makes a case that sales of his company’s wine correspond with the Michigan consumer sentiment index, which is considered a barometer of broad economic activity and is at its highest level since June 2015.

The top 10 mistakes wineries make in the US market
“Wow!” I thought. This wine, from this producer, at this price could be a winner in the U.S. “Have you thought of bringing it over?” I asked the producer who was exhibiting his wine at the London Wine Fair. “To tell you the truth, I’ve thought about it, but I’m a bit gun shy,” he said. He went on to share a story about other producers he knows that never got paid for the goods they had shipped, who had been promised distribution and sales that never happened, or who lost time and money trying to figure out the three-tier system – only to be stymied.

New Wine Business Workshops for NSW and Victoria
Winning Wine Tourism and DtC Strategy is the title of this year’s round of workshops run by Wine Business Solutions. Small to medium wine businesses now derive over half of their income from Direct to Customer sales. Just 20% of businesses, however, are accountable for 89% of sales, according to Wine Direct, US.

Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition kicks off from 9.00am Tuesday 24 May, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, open every day until Thursday 26 May. That's three days you can spend discovering new innovative solutions, participate in challenging discussions and learn how to grow your business.

Global warming is turning the Welsh Valleys into a wine hotspot
Unless you’ve spent your entire drinking career swilling cans of Tennent’s Super, chances are you can find your way around a wine list. Red or white? Merlot or Chardonnay? Chilean or French? These are all reassuringly familiar wine words and you can probably get by without resorting to a generic house white. Hell, you might even know your Right Bank from your Left Bank.





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