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News posted on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wineries blend to create opportunities
Four Barossa wineries have pooled resources to benefit financially disadvantaged youth, through a project that will fund traineeships. Kaesler Wines, Seppeltsfield Winery, Torbreck Vintners and Two Hands Wines each contributed one tonne of premium Shiraz grapes for the Concordis project, producing 1600 magnums to be sold as a fundraiser.

Export wine value grows to reach $1.4billion
As the value of New Zealand wine exports has grown by seven per cent to reach a record $1.42billion this year, expansion in the United States market is playing a big part, New Zealand Winegrowers say. ''This pushed wine to become New Zealand's sixth-largest export good by value,'' winegrowers chairman Steve Green said in the association's annual report.

Queensland wine grower sees his best profits in 15 years
Despite the highs and lows of the Australian wine industry, one small-scale producer is celebrating record profits. Scenic Rim grower David McMaugh owns and operates the Bunjurgan Estate Vineyard, where he has increased his revenue by 22 per cent in the past financial year.

Oliver's Taranga receives Penfolds Grange perpetual trophy
A Fleurieu winery has joined an elite club of producers that have had their grapes regularly appear in, arguably, the state’s most prestigious red. Oliver’s Taranga Winery at McLaren Vale has received the Penfolds Triple Crown Grange Growers perpetual trophy. It recognises wineries that have had their grapes used in the Penfolds Grange for three years in a row.

There's a new service that lets you order wine over text
Naked Wines, an online wine retailer that lets customers fund independent winemakers, just launched a new service letting people order bottles of plonk via text. The “Text for Wine” service was suggested by employees and lets existing customers order a case of wine by texting the name to Naked. That then gets added to their order.

Wine Engineering Association conference: Finding a better way
The Winery Engineering Association's 2015 national conference and exhibition is underway in the Barossa. The theme for WineEng 2015 is 'finding a better way – excellence in winery operations and asset management' and the Chateau Tanunda Winery is hosting the event.

Marlborough councillors question Yealands grape supply deal
Landowners who want to sign up to the Flaxbourne Irrigation Scheme and diversify into viticulture are being asked to grow grapes solely for Yealands Wine Group in a deal questioned by Marlborough District councillors. Flaxbourne Community Irrigation Limited has promoted a deal to 58 landowners to sign a grape supply agreement with Yealands Wine Group.

Wine crush starts unseasonably early
A mild winter, warm spring and hot summer are yielding the earliest harvest in memory for Washington state’s wine growers. “I would say it’s a record-breaking early vintage,” Casey McClellan, founder and winemaker at Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla, said last week. “I’m picking semillon on Monday (today) and that’s two weeks before schedule.”

A good year for French wine despite drop in production
The French grape harvest was slightly lower in 2015 compared to last year due to a lack of rain, but industry professionals are still expecting an exceptional vintage. The French ministry of agriculture’s figures are always eagerly awaited by wine lovers the world over, particularly since France reclaimed its status as the world’s top wine producer last year after a two-year slump due to heavy rains and low temperatures.

The rise of Oregon wine-making
Oregon agriculture has had its struggles in the last decade. Federal figures showed operating and fuel costs at farms were up substantially and income down – so much so that by 2007 an estimated two thirds of all farms were reporting net annual losses. Still, Oregon today remains an abundant state, with newer, under-50-acre farms growing custom crops of endless variety, and agriculture – comprising everything from cattle to apples – accounting for roughly 15 per cent of the state's economy. Yet few stars rise as clearly within it as wine – or the grapes that create wine.

Italian grapes finding success in Texas
Aglianico? Dolcetto? Montepulciano? Pinot Grigio? Sangiovese? Trebbiano? Vermentino? In Texas? Si, si. Va tutto bene! Those Italian varietals thrive on the High Plains around Lubbock, although the dusty, wind-blown, table-flat region could hardly be mistaken for Basilicata, Campania or the Abruzzo.

Groguard celebrates its 25th year of the Vineguard
Legendary for its ruggedness and reliability, with nearly 10 million GroGuard vine guards being sold, the GroGuard has increased the profitability of numerous new plantings.

Australia Trade Tasting is here!
‘Australia Trade Tasting’ is a buyers only trade tasting and educational conference happening in Melbourne and Sydney.

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