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News posted on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New partnership aims to transform winery waste
A new partnership between Swinburne University and DAL Group Australia (DGA) seeks to develop technology to transform winery waste into natural compounds that can be re-used in the winemaking process. In the European Union the skins, pulp, stalks and seeds left over after grape pressing are now classified as industrial waste.

Dan Murphy’s son selling luxury Mornington Peninsula estate
WINEMAKER Philip Murphy, son of discount wine store king Dan, is selling his stunning Mornington Peninsula estate. Vineyards and views are key attractions at the five-bedroom, Stephen Akehurst-designed mansion at 484 Purves Rd, Main Ridge, which hit the market last week.

Mugfords at Moss Wood for 30 years
THE first Margaret River vineyards had been planted only a decade before when young McLaren Vale-bred Roseworthy graduate and avid surfer Keith Mugford was lured there by the region’s immense winegrowing potential and great waves. Sited in the northern sub-region of Wilyabrup, Moss Wood vineyard was founded in 1969 by medico Dr Bill Pannell and his wife Sandra and was one of Margaret River’s earliest wine ventures.

New look for Noosa food and wine festival in 2016
ENJOY great Australian wines, artisan foods, culinary talent and the finest Queensland produce at the new-look Noosa Food and Wine Festival from May 19-22. There will be a range of events staged in the Festival Village on Main Beach as well as others across the region in restaurants and the hinterland.

Prosecco the next big thing
On a recent trip to the UK, my long-retired mother in-law admitted to succumbing to an extra bit of decadence in her life. She usually restricts her drinking to one small glass of sweet sherry a week, but confided that she and her 92-year-old best friend have taken to having a glass of prosecco at their weekly lunch at Marks and Spencer. Once I got over the shock of her drinking her way through my wife's inheritance, I began to marvel at just how popular prosecco has become!

How to age one of the world's most famous Sauvignon Blancs for 20 years
Sauvignon Blanc is generally regarded as a “drink now” wine. Australians love it, downing more New Zealand Sauv Blanc than any other white. The Kiwi winery that started the craze, Cloudy Bay, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the wine that changed a nation’s drinking habits this year. The first Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was released in 1985.

The benefits of dry-farming wine
Back in the 1990s, Russ Raney and John Paul were scandalized to discover that several of their wine-producing peers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley had begun installing drip-irrigation systems in their vine-yards. After all, the valley receives an average of 42 inches of rain a year. It seemed like the last place you’d need to add water.

Fine wine market 2015: Stability returns but Bordeaux loses share, says Liv-ex
Bordeaux lost more ground to Burgundy and Italy in 2015, but the overall fine wine market has shown greater stability, says a review of the past 12 months from the Liv-ex trading exchange. Bordeaux‘s market share on Liv-ex has dropped to levels not seen since 2004, Liv-ex said this week in its review of the fine wine market 2015.

Wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan loses appeal
A US appeals court in New York has upheld Rudy Kurniawan‘s conviction for making and selling counterfeit wine – handed down almost two years to the day – and his subsequent decade-long prison sentence, according to a court summary order dated 22 December and seen by Decanter.com.

Top 10 tips from wine entrepreneurs: 2015 year in review
Skip the glamour. That was the advice of Hardy Wallace, winemaker at Dirty + Rowdy Family Wine Company in California, when I interviewed him about being an entrepreneur in the wine industry. “At this stage in my life, and in the life of my peers, it’s the antithesis of glamour,” he said. “There are some people who live a very glamorous wine lifestyle. I don’t think I will, ever."

On trend wines have modern art design labels
Consumer awareness of Australian regionality to be pushed through two new ranges from De Bortoli, created by winemaker Steve Webber. De Bortoli will be launching the Palette Series and the Regional Reserve Series to the UK market in January 2016, to respond to the growing consumer demand for terroir-driven wines.

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