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News posted on Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wine conference wraps up with eye to the future
The final day of 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide today will see a focus on the future of grape and wine production. Sessions will cover the latest scientific results, technologies to improve productivity and the Australian wine industry of the future.

Second recipient of Elderton’s Winemaking Excellence Scholarship announced
Sam Rogers has been named by Elderton Wines as the second recipient of the Elderton Winemaking Excellence Scholarship administered through Foundation Barossa. Originally from the Riverland, Rogers is currently studying a Bachelor of Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Adelaide, in his second year of the four year degree.

Program to boost wine industry recovery
THE Winemakers Federation of Australia says it is eagerly awaiting the implementation of the federal Coalition’s $50 million program which will focus on helping accelerate the recovery of the nation’s grape and wine industry. The initiative was announced in its budget earlier this year, but legislation to implement it still has to be introduced into Parliament by the government.

Uber to trial wine tour in SA
Ride sharing company Uber plans to launch a new service to make South Australia's wine regions more accessible to tourists. The company, which has a firm presence in Australia's big cities, will this week trial an "on demand wine tour". Uber senior marketing manager Mal Chia said the initial trial would take place in the Adelaide Hills, with other regions to follow.

Winery embraces technology
I recently attended a masterclass of d'Arenberg wines with winemaker Toby Porter. D'Arenberg is one of Australia's "First Families of Wine'', with four generations of family ownership dating back over 100 years, and is based a short drive south of Adelaide in McLaren Vale. The winery encapsulates a spirit of upholding tradition; nurturing old-vine plots of Shiraz and Grenache and continuing to use the more labour-intensive basket presses in its winemaking.

Wine pioneer 'a true leader'
Tributes have poured in for one of the pioneers of the Martinborough wine industry, Richard Riddiford, who died on Tuesday. One of the early directors of Palliser Estate, Mr Riddiford died of cancer following a short illness, aged 65. He has been described as the driving force behind the wine festival Toast Martinborough, which started in 1992.

Why you can rely on wine show awards
OPINION: There has been much talk in the media in recent months about independence of wine writers, paid reviews and gold stickers on wine bottles that promote things other than success, all with the aim of trying to get you and me to select one bottle over another when we browse the shelves of our favourite wine supplier. In this column I want to have a look at wine shows and the judging process that means you can rely on a gold, silver or bronze wine show medal as a solid indicator of quality.

'Catastrophe' for wine lovers as Chablis crop ruined
Hailstones the size of golf balls pelted the Chablis region, about 200km south of Paris, last month. It was the final nail in the coffin of this year's crop following unseasonable frosts and rain in April. More than 1,000 acres of prized Chardonnay vineyards, especially in the southwest of the region, were all but destroyed by poor weather which also hit the Cognac and Beaujolais-producing region of Burgundy.

UK loses €25 million in spirits and €62 million in wine sales thanks to counterfeiting
A new report has revealed that €87 million in sales across wine and spirits is lost each year in the UK due to the counterfeiting industry. The full extent of the cost of the fake wine and spirits market was revealed in a report released today, which showed the 4.4% of spirits sales and 2.3% of wine sales are lost each year across the EU thanks to the sale of fake alcohol.

Wine Giants to Share Bottling Insights
Producing nearly 70 million cases of wine each year between them, The Wine Group and Trinchero Family Estates take up two of the the top four spots on Wines Vines Analytics’ list of the top U.S. wine companies. On Aug. 17, bottling and production specialists from these California wine producers will share some of the challenges and solutions involved with getting millions of gallons of wine out of barrels and tanks and into the hands of consumers.

Poderi Luigi Einaudi Buys 22 Acres in Barolo for $6.5 Million
Piedmont's Poderi Luigi Einaudi has purchased 22 acres of prime land in Barolo from the four brothers of the Dardo family for more than $6.5 million. The land is located in the prized Bussia cru’s Dardi subzone—named for the sellers’ family—and includes 10 acres of Nebbiolo and 2.5 acres of Barbera, with the rest either unplanted or home to truffle forest.

Win a trip to France with the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine!
The Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is giving away a trip to Vinitech-Sifel held in Bordeaux, France this year. The global trade show offering the latest innovations in vineyard, winery, bottling and packaging equipment and services and training. Prize includes economy class return ticket to Bordeaux and 4 nights' accommodation.

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