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News posted on Thursday, 23 November 2017

The best cellar doors in Marlborough
On November 21 The Wine Marlborough Cellar Door of the Year final was held at Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant. On the night, Bladen and Hunter’s Wines were announced as joint winners of the title with Wairau River coming in third place. Source, Winetitles.

New features for NZ tasting in UK
The New Zealand Winegrowers is to hold its Annual Trade Tasting in January at a new venue with a range of new features. The tasting, themed Flavours of New Zealand, will offer small 30 minute focussed seminars that will explore the different varieties and styles of country has to offer. Source, Harpers.

Chancellor freezes wine duty
UK chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced that duty on wine, beers, spirits and most ciders will be frozen. Earlier this week, The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) had called for Hammond ‘to not be a ‘Scrooge’ this Christmas’ and freeze duty on wine and spirits to be frozen in the November budget. Source, Decanter.

Kistler founder Mark Bixler dies
Mark Bixler, one of the founders of leading Sonoma winery Kistler Vineyards, died Nov. 16, after a brief illness. Bixler was an original partner with winemaker Steve Kistler when the winery was founded in 1978, and as Kistler said in a statement, “[He] was instrumental to [the winery’s] growth and success over the years.” Source, Wine Spectator.

California production exceeds records
Researchers have found that California’s dynamic wine production industry has likely been underreported by as much as 14-20 percent for years, and they suggest an improved method to calculate crush prices. Source, Western Farm Press.

International bulk wine winners named
The winners of this year’s International Bulk Wine Competition (IBWC) have been announced with six ‘grand gold’ medals awarded, including to a Czech company. The competition, the only one of its type, seeks to support and promote the transparency and quality of world bulk wines. Source, The Drinks Business.

Discovery to cheer up salty vines
A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines. While low levels of salt can improve the flavour of wine, in excess it can lead to unpalatable tastes, reduce fruit yield and damage the long-term health of grapevines. Source, Winetitles.

Rain brings mixed fortune for SA regions
November rains are proving a blessing and a curse for vignerons in South Australia ahead of the 2018 vintage. In an article originally published by The Lead, Andrew Spence compiles the prospective vintage from regions around the state. Source, Winetitles.

Organically grown success
Eleven years after making their first organic wine, South Australian family winery Angove has been acknowledged in both London and Adelaide this week as one of the world’s leading “green” companies, proving that family sustainability and business success goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship. Source, Winetitles.

Burke and Wills Shiraz state premier
While Champagne is traditionally the celebratory drink, Burke and Wills Winery owners Andrew Pattison and Heather McCormack are toasting with their award-winning Shiraz. Crowned the best in Victoria, Burke and Wills’ 2015 Vat 1 Shiraz wowed the judges at last week’s regional Victorian Wine Show. Source, The Riverine Herald.

Australian exporter of the year crowned
State Government sponsored trade missions must continue irrespective of who wins the next State Election says the head of a South Australian winery recently crowned the nation’s top exporter.The winner credited outbound and inbound trade missions and contribution of international students to the McLaren Vale winery’s success. Source, The Advertiser.


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