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News posted on Thursday, 27 August 2015

Grape and Wine 2015: Friday 28 August will focus on action
A wine industry leadership summit ‘Grape and Wine 2015 - A Focus for Action’ will be held in Adelaide tomorrow, Friday 28 August. It is understood representatives from 40 national, state and nominated regional industry organisations will be involved. There is an ambition Grape and Wine 2015 will reach consensus on: - Priority areas for industry representative bodies to contribute to a return to profitability; and - Principles that should shape a future industry representative structure and organisations. However, on the eve of this ambitious meeting, opposition to one proposed restructure has gained momentum.

Winemaker toasts lower Aussie dollar
The maker of McGuigan wines has raised a glass to the falling Australian dollar. Australian Vintage says it is looking to increase sales in the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia in the year ahead. The push to expand further overseas comes as the company tries to cope with increased pressure on its margins, or the money it makes on its wines.

Wine exports looking up after nine year gap
There is a renaissance in the Australian wine industry with exports looking up for the first time in nine years. According to Stuart Barclay of Wines Australia, wine exports from Australia have increased by five per cent to fetch AU$1.89 billion in the past 12 months. It is the first increase in export revenue for Australian wines since 2006/2007.

Dan Murphy's CDO reveals why the spotlight is on the customer journey
During her time as Dan Murphy's CDO, Faye Ilhan has helped drive a number of innovations, including being the first retailer to launch click-and-collect across all outlets, and introducing Dan Murphy’s ShipSmart, which enables customers to receive unlimited deliveries. “We knew the number one grudge with delivery is the delivery charges,” she told CMO.

Neville Rowe joins Chateau Tanunda as new senior winemaker
Château Tanunda has appointed Neville Rowe as Senior Winemaker, taking over from Stuart Bourne. Neville has had 20 years’ experience in the wine industry with time at some of Australia’s top wine companies including Domaine Chandon LVMH Group, Hardy’s Tintara, Mitchelton and Sevenhill Cellars.

Viticulture in the spotlight
Hawke's Bay's big wine week kicked off on Tuesday with the first stages of the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition. The three-day competition, featuring four regional finalists, is being held at Te Awa Winery near Hastings and coincides with the 21st New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato Conference, which is being held at the Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale.

Top Shelf heads to New Zealand
The Intermedia Group is proud to announce Australia’s biggest trade liquor event will be coming to Auckland from 26-28 June 2016 as a partner of Fine Food New Zealand. Top Shelf is a trade festival dedicated to wine, beer, premium spirits and craft drinks and will combine some of the best local and international brands, fun, education, sampling and a great line-up of guest speakers to bring the world of fine drink to life.

Amazon wine executive Steve Johnson on analytics, pricing, commoditising, and more
Amazon announced yesterday that it will start delivering wine, beer and spirits as part of its Prime Now quick-delivery service within Seattle, where the company is headquartered. This Q&A with Amazon Wine executive Steve Johnson considereda the successes and the obstacles that the platform presents.

Why French winemakers are seeing the world through rosé-coloured glasses
Consumption of rosé wine is skyrocketing. US imports of rosé from the Mediterranean region have grown in the double digits for the past 10 years running. This is good news for winemakers in the southern, Provence region of France, where many vintners used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. Not anymore.

A brawl in the Loire: Vouvray wine by another name
Two winemakers feel betrayed by their neighbors after changes to appellation rules ban them from calling their wines Vouvray. The word Vouvray will no longer appear on the labels of two of Vouvray’s leading winemakers—Jacky Blot, of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, and François Chidaine. As of the 2013 vintage, the wines will be sold as Vin de France, thanks to a change in appellation laws the winemakers say they were blindsided by.

One group that’s benefitting from B.C.’s drought? Wineries
For grape growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the best of times always come with a threat of the worst. That became apparent earlier this month as wildfires swept through the southern interior near the Washington border, tragically destroying homes and narrowly missing vineyards farmed by such wineries as Church & State and Road 13.

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