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News posted on Friday, 24 July 2015

SA food and wine industry to benefit from grants
Twelve South Australian companies have shared in more than $340,000 of funding under the first round of the Export Partnership Program. Seven of the twelve companies are from the food and wine industries, each receiving between $18,050 and $31,225. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith said there has been a resounding response from South Australian exporters with 48 fully completed applications received in this first round alone.

South African wineries report a great—if dry—year
Winemakers in the world’s Southern Hemisphere regions have an advantage on their Northern Hemisphere comrades—while grapes are still hanging on the vines up north, down south they are tasting the first wines of the 2015 vintage. Here is the first of our Southern Hemisphere Harvest Reports for 2015, a dispatch from South Africa's Cape wine regions. The good news: South African producers were nearly universal in their effusive praise for the 2015 growing season.

Champagne yields lowest in a decade
Appellation authorities take a cautious approach, despite a surge in sales. Maximum allowable yields in Champagne this year will be lower than they have been in 10 years, as producers look to reduce the amount of wine they have on hand. The Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC) set the maximum yield and other harvest parameters on Monday, with the trend to go for lower appellation yield continuing this year.

One in three US wine drinkers use internet to source prices but only 11% buy online
American wine drinkers have dramatically increased their use of the internet and social media to source information about wine over the past four years – but only 11% have actually bought wine in the ecommerce sector in the previous six months, a Wine Intelligence has shown. While 58.5 million of regular wine drinkers say they research wine online, fewer than 10 million buy wine online.

Unusual weather impacts grape harvests
Wine WalkWeather systems around the US have changed normal vineyard patterns. The bottom line is that the quantity of grapes being harvested or anticipated to be harvested is lower than normal for a variety of reasons. The coastal areas of Texas have experienced 40 days and nights of rains, clouds and cooler-than-normal temperatures. The result was an influx of fungus which was hard to contain due to daily rains and soggy vineyards.

Prominent winemaker Trevor Jones did not destroy $300,000 worth of rival's wine, Adelaide court hears
A Barossa Valley winemaker accused of deliberately opening the taps on four wine tanks and destroying more than $300,000 worth of wine will argue it was not him, an Adelaide court has heard. Trevor David Jones, 57, allegedly committed the crime in February at his previous employer's workplace, Kellermeister Wines at Lyndoch. Almost 25,000 litres of wine went to waste.

Bulk wine: How Casella cracked the US market
A bouncing kangaroo, like that brandished across Yellow Tail wine bottles, might be a stereotypically Australian image, but Casella Family Brands, the company behind it, built its company offshore. While other Australian wine companies built their brands locally before venturing overseas, Casella went the other way. Instead of clashing with his well-heeled rivals, with their extensive cash reserves, second-gen John Casella redefined wine as an accessible tipple and opened a new market. The result has been astonishing.

Aussie wine with 'hints of smoked sausage' bound for Chinese market
Australian wine labels may soon use terms like ‘hints of smoked sausage’ and ‘notes of dried hawthorn’ for the labels of wine bottles destined for the Chinese market. Researchers from the University of South Australia have spent more than two years working to translate wine tasting notes for consumers unfamiliar with many western flavours.

Vintage year awaits winner
A competition which fosters young leaders in the viticulture industry and is in its tenth and largest year is open to viticulturists aged 30 or younger. Competition co-ordinator Nicky Grandorge, who is a Wine and Spirit Education Trust-certified educator and won the 2007 Vintner's Cup, has 20 years of experience in the industry. "I have a real passion for wine and the trade," Grandorge says.

Wine grape summit well attended
Those who attended the recent wine industry summit held by the Wine Grape Council of South Australia are likely to be pleased to have made the effort. It seems that the attendance was higher than last year, and while some of the speakers made an encore appearance, it was an interesting update. Some of the noteworthy presentations included Marc Soccio from Rabobank related global market trends, with special focus on USA and China, where he believes there is scope for improved trade in premium wines.

Trendsetter: Rachael Carter from Soho Wines Co.
Soho Wine Co Founder & Managing Director Rachael Carter and her team are mixing up the New Zealand wine arena with handsome models, chic labels, stylish fashion designer names and last but not least, great award-winning wines. What’s so special about New Zealand wine? "We have such unique landscape, our climate & soil etc… the main thing I love about New Zealand wine is our commitment to quality."

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