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News posted on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Rapid Cleaning Verification In Your Winery
Traditional methods for hygiene monitoring take days. Now with MVP ICON from AMSL Scientific you can check contact surfaces or CIP fluids for ATP residues to verify if cleaning has been effective. Results are available in just seconds, and can be tracked and trended using the system’s powerful Dashboard software. The system is easy to use with its new intuitive colour touch screen interface.

Victoria to showcase growing wine industry to attract overseas buyers
The wine industry in Victoria will conduct a four-day trade mission for international buyers, including those from China, Japan and South Korea, who will visit local vineyards to get a taste of the state's best wines. The event, launched by the Victorian government on Monday, is aimed at attracting more than 150 potential buyers to visit Victoria's wineries and cellar doors, in a program called "Meet the Winemaker," which aims to allow local businesses to grow and exercise new export opportunities.

Need for wine to match market
TASMANIA'S wine industry has a positive outlook with growing international interest in local vineyards. Lake Barrington Vineyard manager and White Rock Vineyard owner Phil Dolan said there was a lot of potential for the Tasmanian wine industry to grow, but it needed to match the market. This echoes what Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies told the ABC on Wednesday. Davies said the expansion needed to match the growth in domestic and export demand to remain sustainable.

Taylors joins wine tax debate
Mitchell Taylor, the managing director and winemaker at Taylors Wines has said that a move to volumetric tax "would be a disaster for the industry". Following Neil McGuigan's letter to the Australian Financial Review last week, Taylor has written to the same newspaper calling for a quick decision by the federal government regarding wine taxation. Taylor wrote: "The wine industry is united in its approach to freeze the amount of tax we pay as we are currently the highest-taxed wine-producing country in the World."

Taylors joins wine tax debate
Mitchell Taylor, the managing director and winemaker at Taylors Wines has said that a move to volumetric tax "would be a disaster for the industry". Following Neil McGuigan's letter to the Australian Financial Review last week, Taylor has written to the same newspaper calling for a quick decision by the federal government regarding wine taxation. Taylor wrote: "The wine industry is united in its approach to freeze the amount of tax we pay as we are currently the highest-taxed wine-producing country in the World."

Cider 'should be taxed like wine'
Cider Australia, the national industry body representing more than 60 cider producers and suppliers, has joined the alcohol taxation debate, saying cider should be taxed in the same manner as wine. The body's position is that cider is a fruit wine and that the industry mirrors that of grape wine from fruit growing, production and manufacturing through to sales and distribution.

Toowoomba to host Queensland wine challenge
MORE than 200 wines from 50 wineries across Australia have been entered in this year's Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland Wine Show and Mediterranean Challenge. The annual show will be held at the Clive Berghofer Events Centre at the Toowoomba Showgrounds this weekend. Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland chief executive officer Damon Phillips said there was a huge range of wines available for tasting. "We have been running the show for 16 years now and we are the first wine show on the calendar," Phillips said.

Trust provides funding for initiatives to benefit NZ wine
The Cresswell Jackson New Zealand Wine Trust has awarded funding for two University of Otago projects, both designed to benefit the country’s wine industry. The first was awarded to Associate Professor David J Burritt of the Department of Botany to undertake research concerning the process of extracting phenolics during the winemaking process. Professor Burritt said, "The wine industry is incredibly important to the New Zealand economy.”

New CEO for Palliser Estate in Martinborough
The founding managing director of Palliser Estate Wines is retiring after 25 years at the helm. Richard Riddiford has been one of the success stories of the New Zealand wine industry. Under his stewardship, Palliser had an international focus, exporting a majority of wine since the early 1990s. Riddiford has led industry initiatives including Toast Martinborough, the Pinot noir conferences and the Family of Twelve - a fraternity of twelve of New Zealand's artisanal wineries that promote New Zealand wine in key export markets.

China's wine tastes evolving fast
The co-founder of Pont des Arts - a collection of exclusive wines - tells Bernice Chan he is amazed by the Hong Kong wine scene, and talks about growing up on a top wine estate. "Five years ago we did big wine dinners with Chinese officials and generals, who only wanted to drink Bordeaux wines at banquets with 100 other people. It was all about face. But China has done in five years what America did in 30 in terms of interest in wine.”

Impending Prosecco shortage sparks lookalikes
Producers are looking to capitalise on an impending Prosecco shortfall and associated price rises with lookalike sparkling wines from Spain and Australia. A couple of major wine producers have developed Prosecco equivalents from outside Italy, which were launched at this year’s London Wine Fair specifically to target the UK consumer. One of these, called Provetto, hails from La Mancha in Spain, where Félix Solís has created a white and pink sparkling wine modelled on the Italian sparkling phenomenon.

China’s impact looms large as U.S. debates its own trade deals
China’s impact is partly shaping the U.S. debate over whether Congress should grant Obama greater trade-negotiation authority. If the U.S. doesn’t write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game. There’s intense competition between the U.S. and China for economic influence in the world. As Obama seeks to persuade lawmakers to back his trade agenda, he has cast that competition as an economic threat.

Loza named GM at Accolade Wines
Accolade Wines has appointed MJ Loza, currently head of its New Zealand operations, as its new general manager for North America. He will be based in Napa. Accolade Wines' brands include Geyser Peak, Atlas Peak and XYZin from California, among others. Hailing from New Zealand and with extensive wine industry experience, Loza’s appointment supports Accolade Wines’ strategic goal to maximize New Zealand brand growth opportunities in the North American market, said a news release.

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