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News posted on Friday, 26 May 2017

Trade negotiations begin with Peru
The Australian Government has continued its Free Trade Agreement agenda by announcing it had begun negotiations with Peru. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce made the announcement, stating that there were a number of industries expected to benefit from the negotiations, including wine.

Ian Tinkler named living legend
Ian Tinkler, who has been growing fine wine grapes for more than 40 years, has been installed as the Hunter Valley wine industry’s 2017 Living Legend. He received the honour before a crowd of more than 260 at the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Awards presentation dinner at Cypress Lakes Resort at Pokolbin on Thursday night. Source, The Herald.

Big Easy Radio launches
Justin Lane established his name in South Australian winemaking when he founded Alpha Box & Dice – a label known for being determinedly non-traditional. But his latest endeavour has a distinctly different edge. It involves a partnership with new collaborator Matt Head. Source, Citymag.

New employment tool for seasonal workers
This new product claims to take the pain out of time-consuming start-up problems, when there is a need to engage new employees while ensuring compliance. It will help simplify the increasing obligations around employment contracts, induction, training, visas, safety, entitlements and insurance as well as payroll and superannuation etc.

Clonal selection not ideal for NZ Pinot Noir
Instead of parachuting in a highly-rated Pinot Noir clone into a vineyard, winemakers in New Zealand should use mass selection more readily to discover the vines that are already performing best in their own soils, believes winemaker Larry McKenna of Escarpment. Source, The Drinks Business.

Why we still need the TPPA
It was to be our first free-trade agreement with five of the countries, including the biggest and the third-biggest economies in the world – the United States and Japan. It wasn't perfect, but what wasn't to like about having access to 800 million people, eliminating tariffs worth $259m a year, and boosting economic activity by 3 per cent? Source, Stuff.

The wines of Rioja
The rules governing gran reservas require that the wines be aged at least two years in barrels and three years in bottles — five years in all — before they can be released. Most good producers of gran reservas go beyond the minimum. Source, The New York Times.

Indian wine market to steadily double
Pernod Ricard has set its eyes on top international-wine player slot in the country as it adds Spanish varieties to its existing portfolio. Christian Barré, CEO, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Spain, believes Indian wine market will continue to grow at 15 per cent and double every five years. Source, India Times.

Oregon vineyards try their hand at farming
Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers. Now, more than a decade later and with award-winning wine to show for their hard work, they are adding a new crop: marijuana. Source, Inquirer.

15 fun facts about wine and tax
If you're craving a glass of Pinot today, you're in good company: it's National Wine Day. Unlike National Beer Day, it doesn't appear that there's a historically significant reason for the day - but that shouldn't stop wine aficionados across the globe from enjoying a nice glass of wine. Source, Forbes.

Decanter World Wine Awards
See which of the 17,200 entries scooped top prizes at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, including the coveted Platinum Best in Show medals. Source, Decanter.

Taylors partner with Restaurant & Catering Awards
Taylors brings the wine to Restaurant & Catering Australia. Taylors Wines managing director and winemaker Mitchell Taylor says they are excited about the year-long partnership. As part of the agreement, Taylors will be the exclusive wine provider for the association. Source, Open House Magazine.

Final Call To Submit Your Wines in 2017 MIWC
Get your wines in front of the real trade and let the buyers judge your wine. Unlike other wine competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales. Submit your wines today.

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