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News posted on Monday, 24 July 2017

Graham Norton in hot water for Invivo promo
It is the wine he drinks and offers to his guests on his popular BBC chat show. But oh July 23 The Mail on Sunday can reveal Graham Norton has invested in the Sauvignon Blanc he swills on air - leading to claims that he has broken strict BBC advertising rules. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Kiwi wine a hit with Chinese diners
When it comes to high end gourmet goods the Chinese have a growing appetite for New Zealand wine, water and crayfish. Simon Zhou? of Ruby Red Fine Wine said there has been a shift away from French and toward New Zealand. "It used to be 90 per cent French, now it's 50 per cent." Source, Stuff.

Final week to enter the Women in Wine Awards
Entries for the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards close on 1st August, which means there’s just one week to finalise the entries for one of eight awards on offer. Finalists in each category will be announced on 22 August. The winners will be announced on 26 September as part of a grand Women in Wine celebration and tasting event in partnership with Wine Australia, at Australia House in London. Source, Winetitles.

Historical low for French wine industry
Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit “a historic low”, according to the agriculture ministry. At 37.6 million hectolitres the 2017 harvest is set to come in 17% lower than in 2016. Source, The Guardian.

Slovenia to sue EU over wine name
Slovenia said Friday 21 July, it will sue the European Commission for allowing winemakers in neighbouring Croatia to use one of its protected wine designations. Teran, a grape grown in the red soils of Slovenia's rocky Karst plateau, had protected EU status since the country joined the bloc in 2004. Source, Yahoo.

Four types of successful wine tourism
Forbes contributor Per Karlsson was recently invited to speak on wine tourism at the annual Città del Vino wine tourism conference in Torgiano in Umbria. Here he has summarised the four main points he made during his seminar on conducting successful wine tourism. Source, Forbes.

Artificial intelligence boosts wines bottom line
The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing. South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use. Source, The Lead.

Chinese company buys French estate
A Chinese property investment company has bought French wine estate Chateau Fauchey on the right bank of the Garonne river southeast of Bordeaux, according to a statement from Maxwell-Baynes-Vineyards, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Source, South China Morning Post.

Greek wines deserve more attention
"Just when you were tucking your tongue back into your gums, having mastered (or not) the pronunciation of those tricky French, Italian and Spanish grape varieties like Mourvedre or Viognier, along come the Greeks. Try these for a little mouth action: Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Agiorgitiko or Xinomavro," writes Tony Love for The Source, SA.

More tractor supply for Wodonga area
One of the Border region’s leading farm machinery dealers is taking an exciting step into the future. That will come with the grand opening of Wiesners Wodonga on July 28, marking a significant milestone for the family-owned business. The opening will mean easier supply of machinery to farms in the region. Source, The Border Mail.

Fake wine trader jailed after 100k scam
Lasse Hartmann has been sentenced to four years in prison for masterminding a £100,000 scam in which he pretended to be a multi-millionaire businessman trading in fine wine and Champagne. Source, The Drinks Business.

Bringing the Barossa to Melbourne
The annual South Australian event Barossa. Be Consumed. was held on Saturday July 22 at Melbourne's Meat Market. The event was a sell-out and attracted guests from all parts of Victoria. The event helps to promote the Barossa as a tourism region. Source, The Leader.

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