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News posted on Thursday, 25 May 2017

Robert Oatley second cellar door in Wilyabrup
Robert Oatley Vineyards opens in Margaret River. After securing vineyards in Western Australia in 2006, the Oatley family have decided to add a second public home for their brand in Wilyabrup. The cellar door and restaurant, formerly Laurance Wines, is now open for business. Source, Winetitles.

Australia's First Families of Wine back to USA
As part of its continued commitment to spruiking the quality Australian wine message at home and around the globe, this month Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) is heading back to the USA for the second time in two years, as part of Wine Australia’s Spring Roadshow – Australia Up Close. Source, Foodmag.

Australian consumer drinking habits
A new report titled, Alcohol Consumption in Australia, which asked Australian consumers about every aspect of their drinking habits, is now available. The report is based on a survey of 1027 Australian consumers and has been published by The Intermedia Group. Source, The Shout.

A 12 year tasting of Rockford Basket Press
"I tried 12 back vintages of Rockford Basket Press, one of the Barossa's finest reds - here are the standouts." As written by Frank Wilden, a Melbourne retail food strategist and a “lapsed” restaurateur, for Business Insider. Source, Business Insider.

How far we've come in winemaking
"At that time, Australian fortified wine was king; sherries, ports and muscats were far more popular than table wines. However, change was on the way." Leanne de Bortoli, co-owner of one of Australia’s most recognisable brands, reflects on just how far wine loving Australians have come. Source, Hospitality Magazine.

Macron appoints wine lobbyist as agri adviser
Audrey Bourolleau, who was president of the Côtes de Bordeaux wine union from 2010-2012, has been appointed a key agricultural adviser in the new government of president Emmanuel Macron. It marks a further sign of Macron’s conciliatory approach to a nation of winemakers who have long bemoaned a lack of government support. Source, Decanter.

How to attract the next generation
May 25 is National Wine Day. To honor the day and support the wine industry, Pamela Danzinger reached out to Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division, to talk about the challenges the industry faces reaching the next generation of wine drinkers. Source, Forbes.

Britain goes from sad to sparkling
There was a time when English wine was the butt of jokes among connoisseurs, and given the inferior quality of what was being produced, many would say, deservedly so. Today, however, thanks to a combination of climate change, increased wine knowledge and more investment, British wines are flourishing. Source, The Guardian.

Vinexpo address climate change
With climate change among the most critical issues facing the global wine community today, Vinexpo Bordeaux has partnered with Wine Spectator to host a panel discussion that brings together vintners at the forefront of sustainable winemaking with climate science and policy experts. Source, Wine Spectator.

NZ exports hit two year high
The country's top five export commodities all rose from the year earlier month. In order of their ranking, meat exports lifted 1 per cent to $630m, wood exports gained 18 per cent to a new record of $406m, fruit exports advanced 3.4 per cent to $444m and wine exports jumped 20 per cent to $136m. Source, New Zealand Herald.

Wild fermented Sauv a game changer
Stoneleigh Valley wins three trophies at the IWC for their wild fermented Sauv Blanc. “These three IWC trophies are very exciting, not just for the Stoneleigh team but for what is says about the directions in which we can take Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc,” said winemaker Jamie Marfell. Source, Winetitles.

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