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News posted on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Accolade Wines: $40 million bottling facility
Accolade Wines is hoping to soon begin building its new $40 million bottling facility in the Riverland, five years after closing down its former operations in Reynella and laying off 175 workers. A company spokeswoman said discussions were underway with industrial design and warehouse fabrication experts and it was hoped work would begin in the first half of this year.

Wine industry prepares to submit $50m plan
The Australian wine industry will be submitting its long-awaited $50 million export and regional stimulus package to the Federal Government over the next month. Wine Australia General Manager – Marketing, Stuart Barclay told TheShout how the $50 million expenditure plan, announced by the Federal Government in the last Budget, will be structured.

Brown family buys Mount Ophir
The Brown family of All Saints (tastings) and St Leonards (tastings) has bought the National Trust classified Mount Ophir winery at Rutherglen. The family business, run by Eliza, Angela and Nicholas Brown, the son and daughters of the late Peter Brown, has been busy down at Rutherglen, buying more vineyards and setting up a wine bar in the town.

Jane Thomson reports: Women of the Vine
Women’s events are unnecessary and overtly patronising. Women in wine have it fine these days. Events like this merely position women as weaklings who need to hide away from men in their girl-only bubble to console each other and plot the revenge they’ll never take. That’s pretty much a summary of the many, many versions of this conversation I’ve had over the last few years since starting The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Project raises funds for homeless people
Vinomofo has unveiled its Homeless Grapes Project McLaren Vale Shiraz to raise funds to support Australia’s homeless people. Developed in partnership with the Hutt Street Centre, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting Australia’s homeless people. The 2016 McLaren Vale Shiraz has been made by Charlie Seppelt from Hickinbotham Wines, with grapes donated by Chalk Hill Wines.

#V17 Biosecurity Tips
#V17 tip #9: Check machinery and equipment (including small hand tools and technical equipment) to ensure it’s cleaned of all soil and plant material before it’s used on your vineyard. #Vinehealth

Weird summer weather: Great grape quality
Auckland's Waiheke Island grape-picking teams are busy harvesting as 18 vineyards prepare to show off past vintages at the annual wine festival. One of them, Obsidian Vineyard started its harvest in the middle of March in common with many others. Yields are predicted to be down on last year after high winds and rain but fruit quality is likely to be high, according to Obsidian winemaker Mike Wood.

New Zealand targets more Free Trade Agreements
The New Zealand Government is renewing efforts to expand New Zealand’s network of free trade agreements through a new strategy, Trade Agenda 2030, released last week. Prime Minister Bill English says the government will invest close to NZ$100 million ($70.5 million) in trade initiatives.

UK ports face standstill, wine trade warns
UK ports will be ‘stopped dead’ and wine could be held there for days if a customs deal isn't reached in Brexit negotiations, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned as the government prepares to trigger Article 50 this week.

Napa vineyard sale: Knock-on price effect
In the 1950s, when 'American wine' meant 'cheap', Gallo dominated the US wine industry. That will never happen today at the high-end level, but Gallo's big Napa Valley vineyard purchase this week will have repercussions on luxury wine for years to come. At least 90 wineries are affected, and high-end consumers will be too.

Wine on tap
Wine delivered by keg rather than bottle is the latest rage. “Five years ago, there were probably 200 wine-on-tap locations around the US,” said Jordan Kivelstadt, co-founder of Napa Valley tap implementer Free Flow Wines. “Now, I’d say there are 4,000. Those range from mom-and-pop neighbourhood restaurants to (the San Francisco 49ers’) Levi’s Stadium, which has 102 wine taps.”

Aldi wine sales lead the way
Aldi has shown the fastest year-on-year growth of all retailers according to latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.





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