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News posted on Thursday, 27 July 2017

NZ wine producers can now register GI's
Wine and spirit producers are now able to register geographical indications, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says. "The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 came into force today, allowing wine and spirit makers to protect and associate themselves with particular regions," Ms Dean says. Source, Voxy.

Waimea Estate sale brings growth
After 24 years of building their business from the ground up, Nelson's Bolitho family has sold Waimea Family Estate Wines to New Zealand financial services company Booster. Waimea Estates general manager Ben Bolitho said the investment partnership allowed the business to grow to its full potential due to access to cash flow and capital. Source, Stuff.

Majority of irrigators want living waterways
Senior ecologists at Charles Sturt University (CSU) believe the majority of irrigators in southern Australia are doing the right thing and are not pumping excessive water from the southern Murray Darling Basin. But they also believe there is room for improvement. Source, CSU.

New WISA committee members
Two new members have been added to the management committee of Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA). Matthew Moate, WISA executive officer, said the pair added valuable skills to the expertise on the committee. Source, Winetitles.

Hunter Valley adapts to young market
Hunter Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, with a proud tradition of producing high-quality semillon, chardonnay and shiraz varieties. While that tradition is deeply ingrained in the region, sections of the wine industry are looking to diversify into modern styles of winemaking, in a bid to grow a stronger younger market share. Source, The ABC.

Sue Bell to head Heathcote judging panel
Former Australian Winemaker of the Year Sue Bell will lead the judging panel at the 2017 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show. An acclaimed artisan winemaker from Coonawarra and in-demand judge at wine shows across Australia, Ms Bell has previously been deputy chair of the judging panel. Source, The McIvor Times.

Farm gate price bounce from export boom
Wine grape growers are hoping to see a lift in farm gate prices following strong export growth during the past year. Murray Valley Winegrowers executive officer Mike Stone comments on lower price bracket wines and their relevance to exports. Source, The Weekly Times.

US wine exports to EU falls
US wine exports saw a double digit decline on the back of falling sales to the EU, according to the latest Rabobank report, but France saw “remarkable” increases in exports to the UK, despite an average price rise of 10.6%. Source, The Drinks Business.

Tensions slightly lower in France v Spain
Progress has been made in the ‘wine war’ between France and Spain as agriculture ministers from the two countries have met for talks in a bid to defuse tensions. The ministers met on July 25 in Paris to discuss the ongoing grievances brought by French wine producers. Source, Connexion France.

Salud to the Mexican American wine revolution
Pre-war preparations meant no time for work in vineyards and, the U.S. government established the Bracero program. The program, which ran from 1942 to 1964, was a series of laws and agreements between the United States and Mexico, which brought 4.6 million contract labourers into the U.S. It was here that Ceja Vineyards in Napa Valley started. Source, Smithsonian.

Total wine wins challenge on global pricing
A Boston judge has ruled that Massachusetts alcohol retailers can legally sell booze at deep discounts when they order it in bulk, rebutting state regulators who said the practice can violate a state law that prohibits selling alcohol at less than cost. Source, The Boston Globe.

Day 1 of the IBWSS
The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) kicked off in San Francisco on July 26 with a packed exhibition hall and a keynote address from Bobby Koch, President and CEO of the Wine Institute. Here's a rundown on Day 1 of the show. Source, Winetitles.

Police raid finds thousands in suspect stolen wine
On Thursday 20 July, officers from Serious and Organised Crime Unit of the Kent Police raided two warehouses – one in Goudhurst Road, Horsmonden, the other in nearby Tibbs Court Lane, Brenchley. They found a large amount of allegedly stolen goods – thousands of bottles of wine, along with flat screen TVs, marble tiles and air conditioning units. Source, Decanter.

Slavonian wine stories
Is wine the medium that will bring Slavonia, often neglected and pushed aside, out of resignation and to the position it deserves? Stories of Slavonian wines and winemakers are more common, and tourists are more readily exploring this lovely lowland area. Source, Total Croatia News.

Havelock North wine gains 'legend' status
The Coleraine '98 has been dubbed a "Wine Legend" in the latest edition of Britain's top wine magazine, Decanter - the only New Zealand wine to ever receive that title and effectively placing it among the greatest wines of all time. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

A $35m winery resort for Mickleham, Vic
A $35 million resort featuring accommodation, a restaurant, winery, day spa and brewery is set to open in Mickleham next year. General manager Gerald Ackroyd said around 11 hectares of vines had already been planted, with the first batch of wines expected in two-three years. Source, Star Weekly.

Woolworths group to develop drinks app
A Perth tech company has joined with Woolworths' Endeavour Drinks Group to create an app to improve online consumer experiences (e.g. select a wine pairing). ASX-listed OpenDNA will create and power the app, generating revenue through app development and ongoing usage fees. Source, Drinks Central.

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