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News posted on Wednesday, 24 June 2015

EIT student wins viticulture award
Constellation Brands scholarship winner Jascha Oldham-Selak is upholding a long family tradition in pursuing a passion for wine. The 25-year-old was recently awarded this year’s Constellation Brands New Zealand Ltd wine industry scholarship for a student enrolled in viticulture degree studies at EIT. The $5000 scholarship will help fund Jascha’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Bachelor of Wine Science concurrent degree studies.

Will Noosa food and wine festival go ahead?
WHEN Noosa Food and Wine Events, the company behind Berardo's Restaurant and the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, went into voluntary administration last month there was an outpouring of grief and sadness. Then the severity of debt left with many of the company's suppliers became apparent, and all I was hearing was anger and dismay. This week a Noosa restaurant owner with 35 years' experience running successful eateries challenged Jim Berardo to explain what happened.

State cellar door rebate - Avoiding unintended consequences
A discussion paper prepared by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), was circulated to South Australian wine producers on Monday 22nd June. The paper outlined a consultation process to review the current State Cellar Door Rebate in South Australia. While the SA State Government is considering abolishing the Cellar Door Rebate in SA, a process of industry consultation will occur to ensure any decision made does not have unintended consequences.

Treasury Wine Estates eyes 'big' growth in China
Treasury Wine Estates has turned around its China business and is targeting annual sales growth approaching 20 per cent over the next five years, helped by the recently signed free trade agreement and declining sales of Chinese-made wine. In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, the company's new managing director for Asia, Robert Foye, described the growth in China as "big" and said the turnaround had been faster than expected.

Australians unlikely to follow brands on social media
Just 11 per cent of Australians on social media are “very likely” to be following brands on social media, according to eMarketer research from Waggeer Edstrom Asia-Pacific. The March 2015 survey asked internet users in nine different Asia-Pacific countries to rate how likely they were to follow a brand on social media and found that Australians lacked enthusiasm. Despite only 1.2 million Australians considered very likely to come across information about brands on social media, wine brand Yellow Tail has a huge following with 1,366,396 fans, the largest Facebook audience in Australia.

Boggy Creek Wines branching out with olives
A shady car park feature has grown into winter fun for a north east Victorian winery. Boggy Creek Wines, in the King Valley, charged $5 for people to pick their own plastic bag of olives creating fun for visitors in the depths of winter. Georgia Beavis, from the winery, said there was no intention of the trees becoming an attraction when they were planted. "Why they were planted in the first place is that they provide really good shade," she said.

San Francisco wine competition celebrates 35th year with global array of winners
A celebratory 35 years of the preeminent international wine competition in the United States wrapped up on June 14th with the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Surpassing last year's record number of entries, this year's competition had a 7% increase in contenders from the year before. The elegant downtown Hotel Nikko was once again the headquarters for this competition, judged by 50 leading palates from around the U.S. as well as Australia, Germany and New Zealand.

Three reasons why 2015 is the most competitive wine market ever
Wine has been with us since nearly the dawn of civilization. Despite a long history and a prominent place in vying for our disposable income for hundreds of years, 2015 very likely marks the most competitive wine market in history. If you often feel overwhelmed by the variety - and volume - of choice when you saunter among the shelves of your favourite wine retailer, don't take it personally. One of the interesting and ironic side effects of a robust wine market is having more quality choices from which to pick our next bottle.

Vinexpo: five days ‘too much’ says organiser
Vinexpo doesn’t need to run for the full five days because no visitor stays more than three, according to the CEO of the biennial Bordeaux wine and spirits fair, Guillaume Deglise. Despite containing as many as 2,350 exhibitors, Deglise told db yesterday that “no-one stays for the full five days”, and “we have realised that people stay three days maximum”. He also said that a fair lasting five days was too much for the exhibitors. “Visitors reduce their number of days because there is a cost to staying longer, and it is an investment for exhibitors too.”

Veuve leads Champagne charge in the US
The US is back in celebratory mood as Champagne sales show healthy growth. After suffering a setback in sales in 2012, the US market's thirst for Champagne has returned with a vengeance, with 2014 sales figures growing by almost 5 per cent. Champagne producers shipped 1.3 million cases last year, a jump of 4.5 percent, according to research company Impact Databank, which also noted that the US market had grown by 140,000 cases since 2009.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc named best at international wine comp
Toi Toi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been recognised as the top of its class, being awarded best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Judged by a respected panel of wine experts, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest, most influential wine competition in America. Over three days last week more than 50 international judges, including two from New Zealand, blind tasted more than 4,900 wines from 1,400 wineries in 26 countries to find the best of the best.

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