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News posted on Thursday, 29 October 2015

'Killing a little village': locals react to announcement of Seppelt Great Western winery closure
The closure of Treasury Wine Estates' Seppelt winery near Great Western will leave a significant hole in the region, locals say. Treasury has announced it will stop operations at the 150-year-old winery in Victoria's Grampians region in the next several months. The winery, which was started in 1865 by Joseph Best, is one Victoria's oldest. Best known for producing its sparkling wines — matured in its famous 3km-long underground cellars known as the Drives — Seppelt was once Australia's largest winery.

Wine industry reform a huge benefit for SA
THE Federal Government is moving quickly towards implementing a wine industry reform plan, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Anne Ruston said yesterday. Provided the industry plan is administratively possible, she hopes to announce the plan well before the next harvest starts in January. “I hope we are weeks away from making a formal recommendation to Cabinet,” Senator Ruston said.

Will our wine beat the heat?
The international body of climate change says grapevines have what it takes to beat the heat. The head of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) says grapevines are hardy little numbers and can survive global warming over the long term. In Australia, Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, is testing technology to water vines underground. It’s also expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change on its vineyards around the world.

Customers back retailer’s Grange snub
Perth wine retailer Vince Salpietro is still alive and kicking, despite one of the most provocative advertisements published in a WA newspaper. day after he took out a half-page attack on the Penfolds Grange 2011 on page 9 of The West Australian on Tuesday, the “flood of customers and extraordinary sales” suggest he was not alone. Mr Salpietro’s claim is that “$750 for a wine from a very average vintage” is ridiculous and there are many better value wines around.

Bay's eco-friendly wines praised
Hawke's Bay ranks second for entries produced under the New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainable Winemaking certificate program at next month's prestigious 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. A record 99.7 per cent of all wines entered, which number 1420, have been sustainably produced. Hawke's Bay has 320 entries - second only to Marlborough, which has 588 entries.

Giesen Wines seeks graduate for prestigious program
Giesen Wines is searching for an enology and viticulture graduate to join the family owned producer. The successful applicant will start with the firm in January and work at Giesen’s Premium Organic high density vineyards in Marlborough until September when he/she will move to the more conventional Estate vineyards. The 2017 program starts with vintage experience in Giesen’s Marlborough Winery, then on to France, staying at the Giesen Brothers Estate in Puligny Montrachet, Burgundy.

Italy becomes world's top wine producer
Italy has knocked France off top spot for wine production in the latest global figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. Global wine production was up 2.0 percent on last year, to 275.7 million hectolitres (Mhl), according to the figures, although the organisation was still waiting for confirmed figures from China and Russia. Italy regained first place, which it lost to France last year, with production of 48.9 Mhl, up 10 percent on 2014.

Prosecco producers seething over draft sales
The DOCG doesn't like it, but the man behind on-tap sparkling wines says it's the way forward. The market for Prosecco sold on draft is set to grow significantly over the next five years, according to Frizzenti director Daniel Spinath. In an interview with Wine Searcher, the co-founder of sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti, said that certain types of wine "suited a keg culture – it's a more natural habitat".

US online wine sales have room to grow
The growth of online wine sales is outpacing retail sales growth in most major markets as more consumers take advantage of the many web platforms that sell wine. “It appears almost unquestionable that e-commerce will continue to gain share of retail sales, as it is clearly driven by consumer demand,” Stephen Rannekleiv writes in a new report from Rabobank that explores the growth of online wine sales.

Wines from Ancient Vines
Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator’s “iconoclast and passionate advocate for all things terroir,” is not afraid to give bold advice. “If you want a single insurance policy for buying something completely blind,” he confided to the Wine Experience audience, “if a wine is from 80-year-old vines, go for it.” Old vines learn to resist extreme change.

Wines of Argentina bring CAMBALACHE to Australia
Cementing Australia’s position as one of the fastest growing global markets for Argentine wines, winemakers and representatives from more than 25 Argentinian wineries will visit Sydney on Monday November 16th to showcase their best wines to the Australian trade. Following successful events already hosted in New York and London, Wines of Argentina present Cambalache - One Day in Argentina.

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