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News posted on Friday, 24 April 2015

How to keep vineyards productive in the long term
The twin demands of keeping vineyards healthy while striving for greater productivity will drive the agenda at the ASVO’s technical seminar in Mildura in July. National and international experts will address topics as diverse as salinity management, trunk disease, viruses, disease resistant cultivars, drought resilience and the necessary responses to climate change. “We’ll be looking at specific issues around the biotic and abiotic threats to productivity as well as debating broader questions about how to adapt to keep vineyards viable,” said organiser Brett McClen.

The freedom of Australian vineyards leaves tasters spoilt for choice
The thirsty country certainly makes a lot of drink: Australia produces well over a billion litres of wine a year, which isn’t bad for a continent largely covered by ground so parched that no vine stands a chance. Until recently, Australian wine was perceived as cheap, plentiful and about as subtle as a wallaby in your bathroom – which was never wholly true but worked well until the rest of the New World started carving up the market.

Casella showcases Peter Lehmann integration
Casella Family Brands has successfully demonstrated a two-tier approach to selling its wines following the recent acquisition of the Peter Lehmann business. At the recent ProWein exhibition in Dusseldorf, two separate stands were used to showcase the new Casella premium portfolio as well as a range of wines from the recently-acquired Peter Lehmann Wines. The highlights of the new Casella premium range which were available for tasting to European buyers for the first time included the Casella Limited Release.

Vineyard remembers Victoria Cross hero
WHEN Jenny Houghton acquired an eight-hectare property at Longwood East, Victoria, in 1994, she wanted to find out more about the Victorian Cross (VC) recipient Leslie Cecil Maygar after whom the hill at the side of the vineyard was named. Some 20 years later she continues to marvel at the acts of valour, gallantry and courage that saw him distinguished in both the Boer War and World War I. She has spent time trawling digital archives (including Maygar's hand-written letters, biographies and other books) and speaking to people in the region whose families have passed down stories of his deeds.

Adelaide Hills Shiraz conquers USA
Sidewood’s Mappinga Reserve Shiraz 2012 from the Adelaide Hills won a double gold and has been named best red wine at the 2015 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America competition held in Florida last week. Owen Inglis, Sidewood vigneron, said the international exposure from the trophy was invaluable. “We are thrilled to have picked up this impressive American Trophy,” he said.

Happy #SauvBlanc Day!
Today is #SauvBlanc Day and wine lovers around the globe will be toasing to Sauvignon Blanc – the crisp, refreshing, zingy drop that has not only taken the world by storm, but is also Australia’s favourite white wine varietal. With the sun rising first in New Zealand, #SauvBlanc Day celebrations officially kick off there on Friday 24 April, making their way around the globe, finishing off 43 hours later at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco.

Hobbit designer behind boutique winery
A boutique winery similar to a 1850s bush hut is planned for Marlborough. One of Marlborough's oldest wineries Jackson Estate is behind the application to build a small winery on Jacksons Rd, outside Blenheim, that will process up to 250 tonnes of largely hand-picked grapes. The Hobbit trilogy's art director Brian Massey is behind the concept design. The application, which is objected to by neighbouring farmers the Jordan family, was heard at a resource consent hearing before councillors Jamie Arbuckle, David Oddie and Graeme Barsanti on Wednesday .

Why family vineyards have always dominated the wine scene – and always will
Do families make better wines? It’s a romantic notion and one that mom-and-pop producers – many of whom like to peddle the notion that they’re in a David-and-Goliath battle with Grape Giants shilling nothing but soulless plonk – would like us to swallow. I can’t count the number of labels out there touting their “family wine estate” status. But hold on. What’s special about that? Families have always dominated the wine industry. They always will; I’ll bet my family cellar on it.

Wine lovers pay premium for French wine
The average price of a litre of French wine is more than double the global average. Drinkers might have access to more different wines from more countries than ever before, but they're prepared to pay a shell out for a taste of France. A report carried out for private bank BNP Paribas shows that when it comes to French wine – and vineyards – customers are willing to dig deeper, especially at the top end of the market. The world average price per litre for exported wine is €2.62 (A$3.64), while French wine commands an average of €7 ($9.74) per litre.

Pernod hails ‘solid’ performance
Pernod Ricard has become the latest drinks group to reflect a steadily resurgent Asian market and buoyant US dollar, as it reported two per cent organic sales growth at the end of the third quarter. With sales for the first nine months of 2014/15 reaching new heights, Pernod Ricard stood by its original prediction for a profit increase of 1-3 per cent this financial year, despite a slow start. In common with the modest uplift reported last month by rival Rémy Cointreau, Pernod’s most recent results are largely thanks to a four per cent sales rise in Asia after a “stable” Chinese New Year.

14 incredibly simple hacks for wine lovers
Open your bottle of wine with a shoe, swiftly chill a bottle with wet paper towels and spread shaving cream on clothes stained with red. These and 11 other useful tips are revealed in an infographic by Business Insider. From hacks such as storing leftover red wine in ice-cube trays, to advice on how to bypass wholesalers and retailers when buying wine, here are 14 practical tips every oenophile should have in their arsenal.

50% Tickets Sold Already. 2015 AuTT Conference Promises Insights On Sales and Distribution.
Learn from some of the most influential professionals in the beverage industry at the Australia Trade Tasting educational conference on 1st September, 2015 and 2nd September. These presentations from industry leaders on today's leading ideas on marketing, sales and distribution will challenge and inspire you to grow your beverage company.

Winemaker - Technical Sales
A rewarding sales role has become available for a winemaker with at least 2-4 years’ experience in winemaking, with the desire to join a sales organisation promoting yeast, yeast nutrient and related products to wineries. Sales experience will be an advantage. Our client, an established supplier, seeks an applicant with good winemaking skills and experience.





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