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News posted on Thursday, 24 August 2017

Grapevine Pinot Gris update
Australian Vignerons have released a follow up bulletin on the Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus that was recently detected in Australia. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions and directions for information to consider as we approach spring. Source, Australian Vignerons.

Top young winemakers off to national final
The annual Tonellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year regional competition was held at Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay on Friday with Sara Addis from Trinity Hill Winery taking out first place and Tom Hindmarsh from Martinborough’s Dry River coming a close second, in third place was Hadiee Johnson from Te Awa. Source, Winetitles

Barossa business boost
Three Barossa wine companies now benefit from grant provisions to reach out to global markets and grow export jobs. 1847 Wines Chateau Yaldara at Lyndoch has received $18,375, Bethany Wines, Tanunda has secured $21,188 with Chateau Tanunda has gained $37,500. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Vineyard investors offered money pool alternative
Global demand for Sauvignon Blanc has pushed land prices in the Marlborough region far above what the average small-time investor would consider spending. The latest figures put the average price for a hectare of established vineyard in Marlborough at $190,000. But a rural investment firm is offering an alternative to going it alone: pooling money from a group of shareholders to make vineyard ownership attainable. Source, Stuff

26th annual Small Winemakers Show
524 entries from 89 wineries across NSW and ACT will be judged, with the top wines selected based on their appearance, aroma, body, taste and finish. Chairman of Judges, Mike De Iuliis from De Iuliis Wines, Pokolbin and his team of expert wine judges and associate judges have the task of selecting the best of the best from August 28 to 30. Source, Forbes Advocate.

Tourism strategy given the green light
MORE residents, visitors, jobs and investment are the key goals of a tourism strategy adopted by the Southern Downs Regional Council yesterday. The strategy will be enforced over the next three years, aiming to boost visitor numbers by 10%, jobs in the sector by 10% and the average nights spent by visitors by 50%, among other goals. Source, Warwick Daily News.

A helping paw: dogs in the winery
A dog can detect aromas as insignificant as one part per trillion. So why aren’t we using them more to help out in the winery? Camellia Aebischer spoke to Sonja Needs from the University of Melbourne, about her work with dogs on phylloxera and brettanomyces. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Winemaker crushed by wine press
Bernard Rouanet, a winemaker in the Languedoc, died tragically last Thursday after his head was crushed in the wine press of his vineyard. He was trying to fix his wine press and he gave the order for the machine to be turned back on when the tragic incident occurred. Source, The Drinks Business.

Climate change altering tastes
Climate change could harm the flavour of cava, new research implies. Warmer and drier conditions could mean the grapes used to produce the popular Spanish sparkling wine will ripen faster, subsequently impairing the drink’s taste, aroma and overall quality. Source, The Independent.

Cristiano van Zeller sells Quinta Vale D. Maria
A recent business deal in Portugal is a blend of wine and family and a sign of the growing success of Douro wines. Vintner Cristiano van Zeller and his wife and children, owners of the Quinta Vale D. Maria winery in the Douro Valley, signed a deal earlier this month to sell the company to Aveleda. Source, Wine Spectator.

Housing shortage for seasonal workers
Californian lawmakers have called for more state help to solve the workers’ housing shortage that is currently blighting the state’s wine industry. Steven Moulds, president of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, said housing for workers was a critical issue. Source, The Drinks Business.

Endeavour Drinks reports sales increase
Endeavour Drinks Group has delivered a 4.3 per cent sales increase to $7913m in the 2017 financial year, the group reported today. The figures were part of the overall Woolworths Limited results for FY17, with EDG now reporting its separate figures within the report. Source, The Shout.

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