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News posted on Monday, 27 July 2015

Last Week To Become An Exhibitor At Australia Trade Tasting (BOOK BY JULY 30)
Final reminder to register at #AuTT and grow your brand in Australia. Exhibitor registrations ends July 30. Exhibit your brand at Australia Trade Tasting and get in front of Australia's leading importers, important distributors, high-profile retail merchants, and influential media executives. You will also get 1 free ticket to the conference session of your choice between 1st of September and 2nd of September sessions. Learn how to sell, market and grow your distribution, learn from the people who have done it.

GroGuard is proud to be having its 25th anniversary this year
Since the original publication in the Grapegrower and Winemaker in June 1990, nearly 10 million of GroGuard’s vine guards have been sold. The GroGuard’s legendary ruggedness and reliability has increased the success and profitability of many hundreds of new plantings. We thank our customers for their support and look forward to ongoing success in the years to come.

Cool Climate briefing addresses climate change in viticulture
Climate change and the consumer’s role were cropped up alongside the effects on viticulture and vinification in the International Cool Climate briefing at the 2015 London Wine Fair. ‘There’s also something I call “cool climate thinking”,’ said Dr Jamie Goode, who will be closing the ICCWS on the final day of the three day conference. ‘In a warm climate you might be thinking “How can I make balanced wines”.’ Goode was speaking at the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium briefing at the 2015 London Wine Fair, back in May, at London Olympia.

Climate change hitting where it hurts: your wine
Spend a day at a wine grape growers' summit and, among many other things, you're left with no doubt about the reality of climate change. Spend another day with a savvy grape grower touring the Barossa and you're left with no doubt about the cost of it and the uncertainty about where it's heading. That's not news for those who follow the wine industry closely at the production level, but for those of us who concentrate on consumption, the matter-of-factness of the change is rather startling.

Australia fuels recovery in China wine imports
Powered by a strong increase of Australian wine imports in both value and volume, Chinese bottled wine imports has shown moderate signs of recovery during the first six month of 2015, according to custom figures. During the first half of 2015, 143m litres of bottled wines were imported into China, which accounted for $655m, showing 7.5% and 1.9% year-on-year increase respectively, with the average price dropped by 5.2%.

Tasmanian wine profits top the nation and here's why
The Apple Isle is the most profitable wine region in Australia. Tasmania is following a simple strategy of concentrating on the top-end price brackets and has been careful not to distort the laws of economics, only ever expanding production in response to rising demand. Every one of the six million bottles of wine produced in Tasmania sells at a retail level of at least $15 per bottle, with most much higher. Wine producers in the state say the increasing cachet surrounding its high-quality production is opening more doors both on the mainland and overseas.

Vino flows as online wine retailers clean up at industry awards night
It was a corker of a night all round at the sixth annual StarTrack Online Retail Industry Awards in Sydney last night, with wine retailers scooping the night's top awards. Online wine retailer and former Smart50 finalist Vinomofo was named Online Retailer of the Year, while the company also picked up awards for Best Pure Play Online Retailer and Best Online Retail marketing Initiative. Fellow wine retailer Naked Wines took out the inaugural People's Choice award.

After parting with Gallo, Australia’s McWilliam’s shifts upmarket in U.S.
Long a part of the E.&J. Gallo import portfolio, Australian winemaker McWilliam’s has taken a new direction in the U.S. market this year, switching importers and launching two higher-priced wine ranges and a millennial-targeted red blend, with more premium offerings on the way. “The fastest-growing price segment in the U.S. is $10-$20,” notes Mark Hely, McWilliam’s director of international markets. “We’ve traditionally sat at around $10 in the U.S. and Australia, and we’re looking to move up to the $15-$30 range.

Increases in wine tax 'against the spirit' of EU trade, group claims
The Support Your Local campaign said increases in the cost of a bottle of wine goes against the spirit of the European Project. The group is calling on the Government to reduce excise duty on the beverage in the next budget. It says a €1.50 increase since 2012 is having detrimental impact on farmers across the continent, while lowering the quality of wine being consumed here. "€1.50 has been added in excise to a bottle of wine over three budgets," said Evelyn Jones of the National Off-Licence Association.

Gormley invests 96% of Naked sale stake in Majestic
Naked Wines founder and Majestic’s new chief executive Rowan Gormley has taken 96% of his cut from the £70m sale of Naked in the form of shares in Majestic. Speaking exclusively to the drinks business Gormley said: “I’m committed to this for the longterm – I took 96% of my stake in the form of shares in Majestic. “I’m fully committed to the company and I believe in it, so it seemed to be the best place to put the money and a good personal investment.”

Confessions of a middle-aged wine snob
William Sitwell's abhorrence of any bottles costing less than £12 (A$25) is causing him ever more financial and social embarrassment - he reports from the UK summer on the trouble with being a wine snob... Summer sunshine, warm evenings, and the ice box is working overtime. Ice gets sloshed into everything - water, juices and - uh-oh - wine. Good winemakers go to an awful lot of trouble putting their precious liquid into bottles only for fools to dilute it with nasty water. Except, of course, ice can mask a bad wine.

Matt Duggan bags third Young Viticulturist of the Year award
A Blenheim man has eyes on the national title of the Young Viticulturist of the Year award after winning the Marlborough crown for the third time. Cloudy Bay viticulturist Matt Duggan, 29, beat five other Marlborough finalists on Friday in a day-long competition of theory tests and physical challenges thrown at the young entrants. It was the fifth time Duggan entered the competition, and the last before he reaches the cut-off age of 30.

Right marketing key for expansion
Wine drinkers in China and the US will lap up what Hawke's Bay has to offer provided local vintners get their marketing right. That is the message from two top international wine judges hired by Air New Zealand to help tweak the airline's wine selection process so it appeals to their home markets. California-based Linda Murphy and Fongyee Walker, from Beijing, shared their insights on the US and China markets with local producers at a Hawke's Bay Winegrowers presentation, during a trip to the region this week.




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