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News posted on Monday, 24 November 2014

Burch Family Wines joins leading Chinese agricultural company
Leading Chinese agricultural company, Joyvio Group, has launched its wine distribution initiative at an event in Beijing, which includes its partnership with Burch Family Wines - one of Western Australia’s largest family owned and operated wine companies.

Wine designs 'fail if don't stand for something', warns design agency boss
The secret to good brand design is for it to stand for something which is where wine often falls down as they all “blur” into each other, according to Kevin Shaw, founder of design agency Stranger & Stranger. Speaking at the Wine Vision conference in London last week, Shaw said wine is being left behind compared to the designs and brands being launched in the beer and spirits categories.

Riverland plans for future competitiveness
The Riverland Viticultural Technical Group (RVTG) met last week to plan a number of projects and workshops for the 2015/2016 financial year. Several of last year’s projects will be continued including trials of new clones and root stocks and finding a vineyard solution for the growing Gazania problem.

Global focus on grapevine disease management
South Australian scientists are making inroads into the management of common fungal grapevine diseases Eutypa and Botryosphaeria, which have caused significant losses in vineyards throughout the world.

Kingsland signs up Australia's Limestone Coast Winery
Kingsland has bolstered its agency portfolio by taking on Australia’s Limestone Coast Winery. LCW sources grapes from across Australia, with a particular focus on flagship regions of the Limestone Coast such as Coonawarra and Mount Benson.

Napa winemakers argue over the Valley's visual image
If you've never heard the term "viewshed" – like "watershed" – welcome to Napa Valley. The essence is that Napa's bucolic look is an asset that can't be messed with. The term isn't unique to Napa; from North Carolina to Malibu, legislators have enacted or considered viewshed protection laws.

New strategies to reduce use of plant protection products in winemaking
To cut down on using plant protection products in viticulture is the goal of a project coordinated by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (NEIKER-Tecnalia) and to be implemented over the next three years. The aim of the initiative is to show that it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of applications of plant protection treatment for fungal diseases such as mildew and oidium, two of the main pathologies affecting vineyards.

Summer wine sales are coming up rose
Summer wine sales are coming up rose. The pink drink has lost its reputation as lolly water and customers are buying it in record volumes. Supermarket sales show in the year to date, Kiwis purchased 861,607 bottles of still rose wine – 40 per cent more than five years ago. Drinkers favour it as a summer tipple with the bulk being sold between November and February.

Producers see export benefits
WA's premium wine and food producers have hailed free trade with China as a potential revolution, allowing them to broaden existing lucrative markets and create new ones. Producers of high-end wine, seafood and truffles are eyeing expansion in an attempt to tap the sought-after and growing market of the Chinese middle class, who are increasingly looking to spend their wealth on luxury produce.

Demand for tall new grapevines booming
A Marlborough grapevine nursery, which employs 50 people to graft 100,000 grapevine plants a week, is struggling to meet demand. Ormond Nurseries, the South Island's only grapevine propagation specialist, has been inundated with calls from vineyard owners wanting new grapevines to ensure they will have enough fruit to supply their markets next season.

Northern Rhône co-operative looks to the future
The Cave de Tain co-operative in Tain l'Hermitage inaugurated a new wine cellar last week at a cost of 10 million euros (A$14 million). It replaced one built 40 years ago. The highly regarded co-operative, which celebrated its 80th anniversary a year ago, makes 50 per cent of the wine in the northern section of the Rhône Valley.

Last day to register for Roussane tasting
Today is the last day for Australian wine producers to register their interest in the Wine & Viticulture Journal’s forthcoming inaugural tasting of Roussanne wines and Roussanne-dominant blends.

Wine designs fail if don't stand for something, Stranger & Stranger's Kevin Shaw tells Wine Vision

Tonnellerie CADUS early order discounts for vintage 2014
The world class CADUS Origine® barrel line-up is extended with the addition of the Sensoriel® range featuring amongst others the ACCESS barrel. A high quality French oak barrel with a commercial benefit provides winemakers with the tools to enhance wine quality without blowing their oak budget.

Are your wine additives the real thing?
Are you taking advantage of the inexpensive wine additives such as DAP or tartaric acid available this vintage? Not sure whether what you’re getting is the real deal? AWRI Commercial Services can give you confidence by testing wine additives for compliance with either the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) or the product’s Certificate of Analysis.

Final week to enter Adama/GW Photo Competition
If you haven’t entered the Adama/GW photo competition, you better be quick! Entries close Sunday 30th November and there are 11 awesome prizes up for grabs! All you have to do is grab your camera and snap a picture of your healthy vines or vineyard – it’s that easy!

Update your listings for the 2015 Wine Industry Directory
It’s that time of year again. The Winetitles team is busily putting together the 2015 Wine Industry Directory (WID) and is seeking your updated listing. What is WID, you may ask?

Final week for exhibitors to register for the Australia Trade Tasting and Conference with early bird pricing
So what can you expect in 2015 Australia Trade Tasting? Click the link to find out.

Australia Trade Tasting announces educational conference on 1 September 2015
Six bold talks to coach you – six key note speakers to train you – one day to inspire and educate. Learn from some of the most influential professionals in the beverage industry at the Australia Trade Tasting educational conference on Monday August 31 2015. These presentations from industry leaders on today’s ideas on marketing, sales and distribution will challenge and inspire you to grow your beverage company.

AB Mauri



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