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News posted on Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Greek winemakers bid to break into Australian market
In the midst of the Greek financial crisis, a contingent of Greece's top wine producers is touring Australia hoping to capitalise on the lucrative Australian wine market. Twenty-five of Greece's leading wineries are undertaking the tour which, according to producers and officials, will hopefully increase both consumer awareness of Greek brands and exports to Australia. The Trade Commissioner from the Greece Embassy, Vaianos Oreopoulos-Kelenis, said that Greek wine exports to Australia were currently worth around $1m.

How climate change could alter food and wine in Aus
Wine grape growing is Australia's largest fruit industry and you'll find few climate sceptics among winemakers. Many are already seeing their grapes ripen earlier because of temperature rise. By the middle of the century, places with a Mediterranean climate – such as South Australia, Victoria and Margaret River in Western Australia – will be less suitable to grow current grape varieties, particularly red ones used for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Wine Australia searches for next star of hospitality
Wine Australia and the Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust are searching for the next big name in hospitality. The Daniel Pontifex Scholarship recognises the passion and enthusiasm of tomorrow’s leading hospitality professionals, rewarding them with a place on Wine Australia’s trade and press visit to Australia in November. Daniel Pontifex, whom the scholarship commemorates, was killed in a car accident during his employment at Kensington Place Restaurant in London.

ACA's National Feast fit for a Governor
GOVERNOR General Sir Peter Cosgrove has praised Australian farming industries in describing agribusiness as an industry the nation can’t do without. “Here in Australia we are fortunate to have an agribusiness sector that delivers bountiful, fresh, high quality and delicious food to our table and to the tables of 60 million people right around the world,” Cosgrove said. “So on this - the longest night of the year - we come together to feast and to give thanks for all that we have.

Wyndham Estate wines renamed
From this month, Wyndham Estate will be renamed to George Wyndham, recognising the man that planted Australia’ first commercial vineyard of Shiraz grapes in 1830. The new packaging features George Wyndham’s signature and pays homage to his character, said the company’s chief winemaker, Steve Meyer. “This change bestows full honour to our founder. George Wyndham epitomised the Australian spirit. With vision and courage, he embraced the enormous potential of the land around him to create rich robust wines.

Industry ready to push wine tourism
Wine tourism is the ''next frontier'' for the Central Otago wine industry. The findings of a recent Lincoln University survey of wine tourists would be invaluable, Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey said yesterday. ''Wine tourism is really the next frontier for winegrowers. ''Until now we've been focused as an industry very much on the trade - wine writers, buyers and retailers ... a small number of people with influence.

Kiwi dollar is on a downward roll - how far do experts see it falling?
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler and exporters alike will be taking some comfort from the devaluation of the New Zealand dollar over recent weeks and analysts are calling it lower still. The catalyst for the latest shift lower was the Reserve Bank's surprise 25-basis-point rate cut on June 11. The central bank specifically singled out the sharp decline in dairy prices for comment in its monetary policy statement, and once again said the currency was overvalued.

Italy’s island vineyard where inmates are taught the secrets of winemaking
Gorgona, a northern island in the Tuscan Archipelago, is Italy’s answer to Alcatraz: the only remaining penal colony in Europe. But unlike the notorious former jail in the San Francisco bay, prisoners on Gorgona spend their days tending a vineyard on sun-baked slopes surrounded by aromatic pine trees, rather than locked in high-security cells. The Telegraph was granted a rare visit to Gorgona, where the inmates are part of a unique experiment in rehabilitation.

Ireland: ‘Wine shouldn’t be sold for less than €10’
Ireland: The committee wants the minimum price for alcohol set at the upper level of €1.10 (A$1.60) per unit being considered by the Government. This would see the price of the standard bottle of wine with 13 per cent alcohol content top €10 (A$14.70) in shops. A shake-up of the way drinks are sold would also see alcohol products displaying similar health warnings to those on cigarette packets. Calorie details and alcohol levels would also need to be prominent, according to the report released today.

Wine firms toast Africa's ripening market
For wine and spirits companies looking to expand their businesses, Africa and its growing middle class clamouring for refined tipples is now one of the world's fastest-growing beverage markets, analysts say. Wine consumption in Africa is rising five times faster than the global average, according to a study of 24 sub-Saharan African countries released this past week by British wine consultancy IWSR at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo.

Spain's wine exports to Canada surge 44%
Spain has become Canada's No. 5 supplier of wine, with exports rising 44 percent over the past five years, thanks to a growing appreciation of the Spanish bottled delights. "Spanish wines have a growing presence in Canada, with a 5.44 percent share of the market, a full percentage point above sales five years ago," Maria Gorriti, Spain's trade representative in Toronto, told EFE. While Canada's total wine imports have increased 22 per cent since 2010, imports of Spanish wines grew more than 44 per cent in the same period, Gorriti said.

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