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News posted on Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wine Ark announces most collected wines
Wine Ark, Australia’s largest wine storage provider, has released its list of Australia's Most Collected Wines for 2016, with Penfolds Bin 389 topping the list knocking off big brother Grange after nine years in the top spot. Wine Ark’s list of the 50 most collectable wines, released every three years, has become the go-to guide on the subject and the results are a clear indication of trends when it comes to cellaring. Jeremy Oliver, wine writer and presenter, said there were lists and rankings of Australian wine labels but none were more current than this list from WineArk.

Winemaker Australian Vintage’s net profit up slightly to $7.2m
AUSTRALIAN Vintage has recorded a full-year net profit of $7.2 million. This is up marginally from $7.1 million last year. Overall, the company today posted a net loss of $2 million, following a vineyard lease termination payment of $9.2 million. Australian Vintage chief executive Neil McGuigan said over the past five years sales of the company’s three key brands — McGuigan, Tempus Two and Nepenthe — had almost doubled.

Melbourne researchers turning wine industry trash into treasure
Melbourne researchers are working to turn trash into treasure in the wine industry. Around 2 million tonnes of grapes are crushed each year and more than half end up as grape marc - the skins, pulp, seeds and stems remaining after the fruit has been pressed. Swinburne University professor Enzo Palombo is working to create technology that will help wineries take advantage of the chemicals found in the waste.

Planning ahead key to wine success
Succession planning will prove a hot topic when the Finlaysons’ 24th annual wine road show holds a seminar in the region next week. The event, to be held on August 30, features keynote speakers who are specialists in their field, including Finlaysons’ Wine Group leader Will Taylor. “We’ve taken this seminar series right around to talk to winemakers on their own patch,” Mr Taylor said. “A lot of feedback last year was that people wanted to talk more about succession planning.”

New Zealand first as Marlborough wine company swaps bottle for can
Wine snobs lament, a New Zealand company has canned wine. Misty Cove Wines in Blenheim is the first wine company in the country to locally produce wine in aluminium cans. Founder Andrew Bailey said the concept was all about portability. We get asked a lot: 'wine in a can: does it taste any different?' "And the answer is 'no, it doesn't'.

Romeo Bragato Conference celebrates growth of New Zealand wine industry
The growth of the wine industry, exports and trade were front and centre on the opening day of the largest wine conference in New Zealand. Around 600 industry leaders gathered at the ASB Theatre Marlborough on Wednesday for the annual Romeo Bragato Conference, where speakers heaped praise on the expanding industry. New Zealand Winegrowers chairman Steve Green presented figures showing 21 years of successive export growth, from $41 million in 1994 to $1.42 billion in the year ending June 2015.

California wildfires threaten grapes with smoke taint
Could Californian wine lovers be finding a touch of ashtray in their 2016 Cabernets? 'Tis the season to worry about smoke-tainted wines. Because it gets most of its rain in winter, California has wildfires almost every summer. It's always hot and dry, especially in the interior of the state, so the conditions are always right. And that means the conditions are always right for smoke taint.

Cool climate wines drive growth for Matthew Clark
UK drinks distributor Matthew Clark has seen an uplift in sales of premium wines from cool-climate regions – a sign that consumers are increasingly seeking out lighter, fresher styles. Wines from regions and countries known for their cooler climates, including Austria, New Zealand, and Germany’s Mosel, have all generated double or triple-digit volume sales growth for the distributor in the year to 30 June 2016 (MAT).

Winecrasher targets 'adventurous' wine drinkers
A new startup business, based in both Napa and Israel, is adding an element of surprise to wine buying. Called Winecrasher, the online wine retail website was founded and is operated by Napan Nancy O’Connell and former Napan Niv Nissenson. The idea behind Winecrasher is simple: Customers receive all the relevant information about the wine they’re about to purchase, including region, vintage, varietal, tasting notes and an external critic’s score.

How small can a vineyard go?
After seeing hectares and acres of wine vineyards producing tons of grapes per unit, I've often wondered how small one could go and still be considered to have a wine-producing vineyard? That question has apparently been addressed in some parts of the wine-growing world that really are not all that surprising: Vienna, Paris and San Francisco.

Applications open for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards
Australia’s young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers are being invited to share their ideas for a chance to receive a share of $240,000 in grants. Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, said the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry encouraged 18-35 year old innovators to undertake new and creative research to benefit Australia’s agricultural industries.

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