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News posted on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#10: Undertaking petiole sampling or bunch counts? Use this time to look closely for any unusual pests or diseases (http://www.vinehealth.com.au/media/VHA-Pest-and-Disease-Poster_lowres.pdf) and report them to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

Amazon wine is shutting down
Amazon Wine is shutting down at the end of this year, the retailer has just alerted sellers via email. The issue at hand has to do with the existing laws surrounding alcohol sales, which Amazon has unsuccessfully tried to change by working with regulators. Source, Tech Crunch.

Small harvest drives up bulk wine prices
With the 2017 harvest set to be one of the “smallest in decades”, decimated by frost, heat, drought and hail, the price of bulk wine will continue to rise with shifts in demand “inevitable”, according the the latest Wine Quarterly report from Rabobank. Source, The Drinks Business.

Vignerons return to ash in Portugal and Spain
Thousands of people in Portugal and Spain are returning to burned homes and farms after dozens of wildfires raged across northwestern Spain and central Portugal last week. At least 45 people died, 41 in Portugal and four in Spain, and dozens more were injured. Source, Wine Spectator.

The week in pictures: Hong Kong
Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago made a toast to the global launch of The Penfolds Collection 2017, with over 400 guests in attendance at the gala event. Importers and wine merchants also attended a California wine tasting, featuring more than 375 wines presented by representatives of over 40 wineries at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. Source, The Drinks Business.

Abseil training for wine tank rescues
The team at NZ Access are fast becoming the go-to guys for repairs and inspections in hard to reach places. NZ Access was set up in February this year and director Adam Goble says they've been busy with winery work. Source, Stuff.

Winery gives new life to Napier building
A new winery which is home to traditional oak barrels, golden concrete eggs, and a French oak egg has opened its doors in Hawke's Bay. The Urban Winery officially opened two weeks ago in the former National Tobacco Company building in Ahuriri after winemaker Tony Bish and his wife Karryn signed a lease in January. Source, Stuff.

Penfolds hit by fake wine claims
Prominent Australian winemaker Penfolds has been caught in an international PR storm, as claims of fake Penfolds products flooding the market prove to be, well, fake. Confusion about the legitimacy of popular foreign products such as Penfolds may have a serious impact on Chinese sales. Source, My Business.

Ten questions with Peter Gago
Now 66 years on from its first commercial release in 1952, we have a new chapter in the Grange story. It’s been a busy year for Mr Gago, but he found time before he left for the Hong Kong launch to answer a few questions on Penfolds g3. Source, People of Wine.

Domaine Chandon studio reveals design plans
A 1986-established winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is currently refurbishing its hospitality centre. Designed by interior design practice, Foolscap Studio, the new designs for Domaine Chandon pay homage to the brand’s French heritage while emphasising its Yarra Valley context. Source, Architecture and Design.

Mud pies, mould and sweet wine
For a grape variety that fell so badly out of fashion by the 1960s that it nearly disappeared entirely, Viognier is looking decidedly chipper. Not only are modern Viognier wines the most expensive white table wines in France, but its vines have proliferated across the New World. Source, The Adelaide Review.

A Coonawarra wine for Halloween
Halloween, whether we like it or not, is a growing occasion celebrated in Australia. So, be prepared with a bucket full of lollies and chocolates but make your evening at home more relaxing and “in the spirit” with this claret we’ve come across. Source, EFTM Magazine.





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