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News posted on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

WET tax rorting set to end
Legislation to reshape the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate, seeking to rid the system of rorting while enhancing integrity, to deliver on its original purpose, has passed federal parliament. The altered eligibility standard is designed to address “virtual” winemaking schemes where the WET rebate is being claimed multiple times, but on the same parcel of wine. Source, Farm Online.

Brand recognition for Gisborne winery
Extra recognition for their business has astounded Gisborne vineyard owners Geoff and Nicola Wright since their award win at the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.The couple’s organic viticulture business, Wrights Vineyard and Winery, was a finalist in the 2017 awards and won the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award. Source, Scoop

A brave new Pet Nat
Yoko Luscher and Andries Mostert are the husband-wife duo from Brave New Wine producing some of the most talked-about pet nat wine in the country, made on their property on Ocean Beach Road in Denmark using locally grown grape varieties. Source, Perth Now.

Bethanga winery's "Posh Plonk" a hit in China
A winery that opened at Bethanga in January has already secured an order from China for 50,000 bottles of its Posh Plonk. Matt Daly and his partner Karen Crook said a last-minute decision to attend Sydney’s Good Food & Wine Show in June saw their relatively new venture taste immediate success overseas. Source, The Border Mail.

Former leaseholder watching vineyard "rot"
Knox Council has been accused of leaving a once-thriving Boronia vineyard “to rot” with the prime site, part of a precinct slated for high-rise development, still sitting unused. Wantirna South couple David and Pat Smith ran Old Orchard Winery in Scoresby Rd for nine years until their lease expired in July 2015. Source, The Herald Sun.

Barossa winemakers living in golden age
Australian Shiraz from Barossa Valley has never been more dynamic or diverse, believes veteran winemaker Chris Ringland, with the communication revolution giving young winemakers the confidence to carve their own style and ability to communicate with consumers directly, sidestepping the need for critics scores and reviews. Source, The Drinks Business.

First female somm of the year
Two women won titles in Auckland in a field that has traditionally been a male domain – the Sommelier of the Year and Junior Sommelier of the Year competition. The annual competition is held at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine in Auckland and run by school founder Celia Hay in collaboration with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas. Source, Scoop

Napa wine merchant accused of fraud
DoubleLine Capital founder Jeffrey Gundlach is suing a Napa Valley wine retailer for more than $1 million, accusing the company of selling him 67 bottles of trophy wines that an expert labeled fakes. In a lawsuit filed July 28 with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Gundlach accused Soutirage of false advertising, breach of contract and breach of warranty. Source, Wine Spectator.

UK retailers increasing ranges over £7
According to in-depth research by Concha y Toro UK, there has been a “significant step change” in the price of wine since the start of December 2016, with IRI data showing a 17 pence price rise in the past 24 weeks. Source, The Drinks Business.

Young winemakers needed in UK
Plumpton College has called for more UK school leavers to consider careers in wine after highlighting a shortage of younger recruits on its courses. Plumpton offers undergraduate and Masters courses in winemaking, viticulture and wine business, and trains around 100 students each year in their 30's. Source, Decanter.

International presence at SIMEI
This year, in addition to international companies and producers that SIMEI catalyses every year, there will be a very significant presence of foreign delegates from all continents. These delegates will be attending in collaboration with ICE-Agency who are promoting Italian technology and trade uptake. Source, Winetitles.

Five things you should know about German wine
While Germany might not be the first country people think of when it comes to wine, it has a heck of a lot to offer - and we're not just talking about its famed Riesling white grape variety. Source, The Local.

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