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News posted on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Oatley to supply Philip Shaw Wines
The Oatley Family are pleased to announce they will once again work with the Shaw family as Philip Shaw Wines from Orange NSW joins the Oatley Family Wine Merchants portfolio. Source, Press Release.

How to revive tangled old grapevines
Even the most straggly, neglected and nonproductive grapevines can be pruned to force them into carrying great bunches of grapes. Source, The Weekly Times.

Clare Valley grapegrowers feeling positive
Last week’s rain event, which has continued on into this week, has seen farmers consider it as their opening fall for the season. With seeds starting to germinate and most of the picking finished, the rain is a welcome change. Source, Northern Angus.

Killed by the Kiwis
As forecast for many years, Australia's obsession with exporting bargain basement plonk floundered big-time in one of our greatest export markets, writes Philip White. Source, InDaily.

A refresher for fortified wines
Mudgee Winemaker Bob Heslop is bucking the trend of fortified wines, producing a lighter style of port based on Portuguese and Spanish grape varieties. He's well aware that lighter table wines are an emerging trend and hopes to bring that to the declining fortified wine market. Source, ABC Rural.

China starts exporting to the UK
Tesco and Sainsbury's have started selling wine from China costing £7 and £8. Changyu, the company behind the Tesco wine, has produced wine since 1892T and is China's oldest winery. Source, Daily Mail.

Robert Yang's success story
China’s top wine dealer built his empire with brick, mortar and an app. Robert Yang is a Chinese wine success story—the self-made man built his chain wine shop, named 1919, in the world's most populous country. Source, Wine Spectator.

Argentina on mission to rival Burgundy
Argentina has the potential to be “perceived on the same scale as Bordeaux or Burgundy” for fine wine, with time the only barrier to proving the ability of its wines to age, believes Lorenzo Pasquini, technical manager of Cheval Blanc’s Argentine venture, Cheval des Andes. Source, Drinks Business.

Organic wine saving NZ industry
We live in the post-100% Pure New Zealand era. As dirty dairying set about rendering rivers filthy and other practices (eg, the harvesting of pines in places like the Marlborough Sounds) desecrated natural environments, that claim was exposed for the lie it was. Source, Stuff.

An unseasonal Nelson summer
The wonderful summer sunshine Nelson is famous for seems to have been hiding in 2016-17. The stormy weather in late March and April rounded off a pretty miserable few months, and Nelson is starting to see the full impact of this poor weather flow through to horticultural products grown in the region. Source, Stuff.

Indian wine industry to meet global standards
India was recently invited by the International Organization of Vine and Wine to be part of the worldwide process to decide on international labelling norms and standardising Codex specifications for the global wine industry. Source, Sommelier India.

New Judges added to 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition
Submissions are now open for the 2017 Melbourne International Wine Show. Learn about the judges who will be assessing your wines.

Indian wine industry to meet global standards
India was recently invited by the International Organization of Vine and Wine to be part of the worldwide process to decide on international labelling norms and standardising Codex specifications for the global wine industry. Source, Sommelier India.

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