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News posted on Friday, 24 November 2017

Business leads flourish in China
Australian wine took centre stage at the recent ProWine China fair in Shanghai. 40 brands from 20 wine regions in partnership with 22 exhibitors were showcased at the Wine Australia stand during November 13-15. Source, Winetitles.

Estimating the impact of xylella in Australia
A Xylella fastidiosa incursion could cost Australia’s wine grape and wine-making industries up to $7.9 billion over 50 years, according to a new report released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. Source, Winetitles.

Producktive members of the winery crew
A quack pest-control squad has taken up residence at a Tasmanian vineyard after being rescued by the RSPCA. Frogmore Creek Vineyard has adopted 24 ducks from the animal welfare group to join an existing flock already patrolling the vines for pests — particularly snails — at Campania. Source, The Mercury.

Sandalford Wines adds two more awards
Sandalford Wines has received two awards at the Catering Institute of WA Gold Plate Awards, bringing its total to 15 and making it the most awarded venue in the awards’ 52-year history. The winery won the awards in the Best Modern Australian and Best Tourism Restaurant categories. Source, Community News Group.

China the key to SA growth
In order to survive and thrive, many wineries in the small and medium enterprise space are looking to markets outside of the country to help them expand, and China, with its proximity to Australia and burgeoning middle-class, has proven an attractive port of call. Source, InDaily.

50 shades of green
Reducing pesticide use is a particularly inflammatory topic right now. Next week sees an EU vote on the continued use of the molecule glyphosate, most typically known as Round-Up, and consumer interest has been raised by a series of scare (or reality check) stories. Source, Decanter.

Wine still flowing in Napa
JJ Dowell was asleep in her bed on Sunday, October 8th when the fires that eventually engulfed over 245,000 acres of Northern California started. Smoke was her first clue that something was wrong. “The smoke was so intense I thought: ‘I wonder if my house is on fire,." Source, Forbes.

Majestic's acquisition of Naked Wines paying off
Majestic Wine’s £70 million acquisition of Naked Wines – an online wine startup that asks its customers to fund the production of new wines – seems to be paying off just over two years after the deal went through. Source, Business Insider.

Katsunuma puts Japanese wines on the map
Can Japanese wine really taste this good? The surprise I got when sipping a glass prompted me to schedule a trip to the Katsunuma region in Yamanashi Prefecture. The Showa era (1926 to 1989) cliche that “Japanese wine is sub-par” seems to be a thing of the past. Source, Straits Times.

Wine pioneer hosts new vine run
North Canterbury is known as beautiful wine country thanks to the efforts of wine pioneers such as Ivan Donaldson. But less well known is that Ivan had a distinguished neurology career and has an ongoing interest in that field. Source, Stuff.

Great start to summer for Rockburn Wines
Rockburn Wines have received three gold medals at the prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition 2018. Now in its 34th year, this competition is unique, in that it judges its finalists beside food dishes of similar palate weight. Source, Voxy.


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