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News posted on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tasmania's vineyards urged to capture more value in a regional food brand
Food and wine producers are being urged to forge stronger links with the hospitality industry to promote their produce and regional brand. Viticulture and education manager at TasTAFE's Drysdale Institute in northern Tasmania Christopher McGimpsey said partnerships between hospitality trainers and the food and wine industry could help capture more of the tourist dollar. He said it was about "yield management".

The comeback of Australia wine
The last 15 years have been a roller coaster for the Australian wine business as demand in the U.S. nearly went from first to worst. It was the rage in the early 2000s thanks in large part to Yellow Tail Shiraz, with a Kangaroo on its label and its low price tag. It became the biggest selling imported brand in the U.S. The demand for Aussie wine crashed some 10 years later for a number of reasons according to Paul Dietz with Negociants USA.

Near record entries for the Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Entries for the Canberra International Riesling Challenge are the highest since 2009 with over 500 entries from eight countries received when entries officially closed on 14 August. The increase has come from both Australian and International entries. Entry levels from Australia and from Austria are the highest ever achieved, while entries from the USA and Germany are at their highest levels since 2009.

Closing date extended for Royal Hobart International Wine Show
Organisers for the Royal Hobart International Wine Show have extended the closing date for entries to 26 August 2016 after requests from several producers. John Ellis, managing director of Hanging Rock Winery and chair of the Show’s organising committee, said he was impressed with the calibre and class of entries received so far. “The response to the 2016 Show so far has been good."

US now biggest NZ wine customer
For the first time, sales of wine in New Zealand have been overtaken by sales into the United States and United Kingdom, New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Steve Green says. Despite this drop, New Zealand Winegrowers' just released annual report shows exports have risen 10% in the last year as expected, to just under $1.6 billion.

Puka Puka Stream results confirm grape marc leaching
Grape byproduct has been identified as the main cause of pollution which turned a rural stream to a "black jelly" sludge. The Marlborough District Council has confirmed test results from the groundwater and surface water samples of Puka Puka Stream, 12 kilometres south of Blenheim, showed leachate from grape marc compost dumped nearby was the "most likely" cause of pollution.

How wine in a can and 'Brosé' are helping marketers appeal to millennials
MOVE over, wine snobs. Millennials are disrupting wine marketing. The age group is outguzzling baby boomers in terms of wine consumption: 36 percent of winedrinkers in the U.S. are millennials versus 34 percent of baby boomers, according to the Wine Market Council. And to appeal to these millennials, wine brands are busy crafting innovative packaging, clever labels and more approachable messaging.

Chianti winemaker lets the wine do the talking
"Vero" is how winemaker Peppe Randazzo describes Luca Martini di Cigala of San Giusto a Rentennano. Vero translates from the Italian as any or all of these: authentic, true, unfeigned, genuine, real. He said this was how Luca interacted with the people who worked on the family farm; how he was with all those around him. This authenticity, I believe, is reflected in the wines of his estate. I love 'em.

Why wine could win big after Brexit
Gold often tops the list of safe haven assets in uncertain economic times. But when it comes to post-Brexit Britain, wine could share the limelight with this noble metal. As reported by Decanter.com, wine investment is likely to become more attractive in the UK after the country leaves the European Union. This is based on the findings of a survey by Cult Wines that found 27% of 101 wealth managers and independent financial advisors (IFAs) pointing to wine.

Strong exhibitor registration for ProWine China 2016
ProWine China 2016, International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits, is experiencing strong exhibitor registration – both for country group pavilions and individual exhibits. Exhibitors from Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Macedonia as well as Moldova, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Russia and the U.S. already confirmed their participation.

Portavin’s Founder Mike Davies named regional finalist in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards
Portavin is pleased to announce that their founder and chairman Mike Davies has been named a regional finalist in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Mike joins other outstanding entrepreneurs from across Australia who will compete for the ultimate prize of being named 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Wine to flow again at Bendigo festival
Wine lovers are being urged to snap up tickets to two upcoming events showcasing the region’s drinks, food and architecture. Tickets for October’s Bendigo Heritage Uncorked and Bendigo Heritage After Dark events have gone on sale. Last year’s Heritage Uncorked was cancelled because of unrelated anti-Islam protests, which had been scheduled for the same weekend.

Mollie the dog launching new 2016 wine at Murrumbateman Winery
Brangelina has one. So does Donald Trump. And don't forget Real Housewife of Melbourne Jackie Gillies. They all have their own wines. But they can all step aside for Mollie the dog. You might remember Mollie as the star of Canberra's canine wine scene. Last year she and her humans at Murrumbateman Winery launched the popular Mollie's Block Sauvignon Blanc, her first wine.

Bob Oatley’s children keep wine magnate’s empire intact
The Oatley family has vowed not to break up the vast empire built up by wine entrepreneur Bob Oatley over six decades, which extends to four palatial mansions around the world and a flotilla of super yachts and power boats. Following the death of the multi-billionaire in January, the three Oatley children — Sandy, Ros and Ian — are intent on retaining the real estate holdings and yachts.

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