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News posted on Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Chinese winemaking students flock to Adelaide
The University of Adelaide has seen an almost three-fold increase in Chinese enrolments in the past five years in its winemaking courses, which are the most comprehensive university courses for viticulture and oenology in Australia. Source, The Lead.

Future Wine Leaders announced
16 talented and driven professionals from the Australian grape and wine community have been chosen to be the Future Leaders 2017. The Future Leaders program is designed to develop participants’ leadership capabilities and encourage innovation and thoughtful debate on the future of the sector. Source, Winetitles.

$88k for National Phylloxera Management Plan
The government has funded Australian Vignerons $88,000 to develop a National Phylloxera Management Plan to provide consistency in how this pest is managed across the country. The plan will help protect growers by containing the pest to its current locations. Source, Winetitles.

Grecian wine trade tasting tour
Greek wine is making its way to Australia with over 20 winemakers showing off their native varieties at a series of trade and consumer tastings in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The tastings will showcase some varieties unfamiliar to Australia, and are in response to a steady 30% increase in Grecian wine sales since 2015. Source, The Greek Reporter.

Pinot Noir growing popularity
Pinot Noir in the Australian wine market has chang.ed forever. From being inconsequential in percentage of red wine production in the early 1990s, pinot noir now outsells both shiraz and cabernet sauvignon on an annual basis in some of Australia’s more wine-oriented restaurants. Source, Community Newspaper Group.

Villa Maria launches flagship wine
New Zealand’s Villa Maria has launched its most expensive wine to date, naming its Ngakirikiri from the Gimblett Gravels as the brand’s new flagship wine. It will only be produced on good years, and the first release was it’s 2013 vintage, in 2016. Source, The Drinks Business.

Hawkes Bay to host 2017 Air NZ Awards
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's second largest wine region, will play host to the 31st Air New Zealand Wine Awards this November. The annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday, November 25, and will be attended by New Zealand's top winemakers and industry figures to celebrate the country's best wines. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Where Bacchus winegrapes come from
Yesterday, UK wine label Winbirri Vineyards was announced as best value white wine worldwide for their Bacchus wine in the Decanter Wine Awards. Here's what you can expect in a wine made from the Bacchus grape, following surprise success. Source, Decanter.

Distribution deal with Watsons and Silver Heights
Hong Kong’s biggest wine retailer Watson’s Wine has taken on exclusive on-trade distribution rights of Chinese winery Silver Heights in Hong Kong and Macau. The Silver Heights label will be selling three of its wines retailing between $68 and $78. Source, The Drinks Business.

Bosjes Estate opens in South Africa
Your first glimpse of Bosjes Estate just might jolt you out of your seat. Is that a spaceship in the middle of the Cape Winelands’ Breede Valley? No, the 90-minute drive from Cape Town hasn’t been playing tricks on your brain: South Africa’s newest hotel and restaurant is unlike anything the wine country has ever seen. Source, Robb Report.

Direct to consumer wine sales is the future
And it has arrived. One result of prohibition was a general—and unconstitutional—ban on wineries shipping products across state lines direct to consumers' homes. A narrow Supreme Court decision in 2005 set the stage for dismantling that restriction, but at twelve years old, modern-day direct to consumer is a relatively new concept; its potential to increase winery revenue has yet to be tapped to the fullest. Source, Forbes.

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