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News posted on Friday, 25 August 2017

New Zealand wine tourism soars
New Zealand is gaining popularity as a wine tourism destination, show new figures published by trade body NZ Winegrowers. It said that 24% of the country’s international tourists visit vineyards and wineries, versus 13% four years ago, citing data from NZ Tourism. Source, Decanter

Scholarship open to NZ somms for the first time
The New Zealand Winegrowers sommelier scholarship is open to New Zealand applicants for the first time, offering local sommeliers the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience with their international peers. First launched in 2016, the scholarship is now a global initiative with sommeliers from Australia, Asia, Canada, UK, Europe, and USA, with New Zealand set to join the scholars in 2018. Source, Winetitles

Phylloxera boundary extended
Agriculture Victoria has announced further extensions to the Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) to the east, south and west of the existing zone. While the new detections were found within the existing PIZ boundary, the Maroondah PIZ was extended to maintain a 5km buffer zone between an infested property’s boundary and the PIZ boundary. Source, Vinehealth Australia.

The Australian wine revolution
"Australian wine has seemingly never been in better shape; never more exciting, likely never seen an era built more around expressive, free-wheeling ideas and resulting wines. Though Australian wine has seen golden eras in the past, the sheen of the current state of Australian wine is truly exciting and finding a broader engagement," writes Mike Bennie for Wine Australia.

$1.25m grant for Hunter tourism
Cessnock City Council has received $1.25 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund towards the Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism signage implementation project. Council will match the federal grant dollar for dollar. Source, Cessnock Advertiser.

Harris Organic awards success
A small organic, dry grown producer, Harris Organic wines, has just celebrated their best wine show results in 19 years of production. The awards were won at the Swan Valley wine show and Harris received two silver medals for their organic fortified wines. Source, Winetitles.

International Pinot tasting at Howard Park
On Saturday October 28th Howard Park will hold their 11th International Pinot Tasting at Howard Park Wines. A homage to Howard Park’s historical love affair with Pinot Noir, the annual IPT event attracts guests from all over Australia. Source, Winetitles.

Italians have been getting blitzed for centuries
When we think about wine in Italian history, we think of the booze-soaked bacchanalias of ancient Rome. But it turns out that Italians were using wine to get their drunk on long before that, as evidenced by an exciting new discovery of the region’s oldest vino near a Copper Age site in Sicily. It’s a spicy meatball indeed. Source, Gizmodo.

Soave is back and it has raised its game
"Soave. Remember it from your student days? Pleasant enough – at least it wasn’t gut rot – but utterly unmemorable. Who drinks it now? Well, quite a few people it seems, despite the persistent popularity of Pinot Grigio," writes Fiona Beckett for The Guardian.

Rose makes is one in every 36 purchases
In 2015 one out of every 510 bottles of wine sold were Rosé. Today, one out of every 36 bottles of wine sold is Rosé. Washington, D.C. consumes more pink wine than anywhere in the country—eight times more than in California. Source, Forbes.

Chile no longer Volvo of wine world
The days of Chile being considered the Volvo of the wine world – safe but boring – are long gone according to Aurelio Montes of Montes. “We’re a New World wine country so there is a lot of space to grow and things to discover." Source, The Drinks Business.

Vineyard Manager Wanted – Clare Valley
AgriPartners P/L requires a Vineyard Manager to oversee day to day operations on a 300ha vineyard.

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