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News posted on Wednesday, 29 November 2017

#V18 pre-vintage biosecurity tips
Tip#1: Where are you sourcing grapes and grape products from for V18? Do you know the biosecurity regulations associated with these movements? #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

CITC sell stake in Lafite's Chinese winery
Ahead of Lafite’s pending release of its first Chinese wine made in China’s eastern Shandodng province, CITIC Group, Domaines Barons de Rothschild’s partner in the Chinese project, is selling all of its 30% stake in the winery for RMB 32.56 million (US$4.93 million). Source, The Drinks Business.

Robert Camuto: A new age in Abruzzo
Something is happening in Abruzzo. Year by year, this wild, sparsely populated and earthquake-prone region of central Italy is making more wines worthy of attention. "Abruzzo has grown," says Stefano Papetti Ceroni, 43, a former lawyer who began making wine in Loreto Aprutino. "Now, there are more smaller producers." Source, Wine Spectator.

Could Bacchus be the UK's Sauvignon Blanc?
With the anticipated expansion in English wine production, growers planning new vineyards should consider less well-known varieties that are well adapted to the UK climate, according to a leading agronomist. Source, Horticulture Week.

New Burgundian appellation met with caution
A new level of Burgundy wines is coming, sitting roughly between the regional and village levels of the region's hierarchy. Integrated as a Bourgogne Régionale AOC, it is not a new appellation per se, but rather the 14th regional Burgundy AOC. Source, Decanter.

Planners advise against William Hill subdivision
An application for consent for a subdivision on the site of the William Hill winery in Alexandra should be declined, as it would have significant adverse environmental effects, the Central Otago District Council's planning consultant says. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Blenheim: race against wine
The WineWorks Marlborough Wine Race remains relatively unknown to those outside Marlborough and Wellington. Yachties and wineries have been racing across the Cook Strait for the past 16 years, all in the name of wine. The race is loosely based on the traditional Beaujolais Nouveau where the first Beaujolais wines were transported from France to the UK. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Halliday crowns Australia's best Cabernet
The 2017 results for the second Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge have been released. The competition was judged in conjunction with the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show earlier in November. Cabernet Sauvignon of all vintages were eligible and judged anonymously by region in a blind tasting. Source, Winetitles.

Seppeltsfield's new distribution deal
The Barossa Valley’s iconic wine estate, Seppeltsfield, has announced a new distribution partnership with Oatley Fine Wine Merchants (OFWM), to commence in March 2018. The partnership will bring Seppeltsfield’s Barossa red and white wines to the wholesale trade for the first time ever in the estate’s 166 year history. Source, Winetitles.

A big win for a little Ebenezer winery
A small wine label from Ebenezer trumped some of the biggest names in the business at last week’s National Wine Show of Australia in Canberra. Rojomoma Red Art Single Vineyard Shiraz took out the prestigious Red Wine of Provenance Trophy with entries from the 2016, 2010 and 2006 vintages. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Three Bathurst mates launch a new vintage
Three Bathurst winemakers have again teamed up to produce the region’s own sparkling chardonnay in the lead-up to Christmas. For more than a decade Mark Renzaglia from Renzaglia Wines, Tony Hatch from Vale Creek and Andrew Macarthur from Grass Parrot Vineyard have come together under the Cobbers label to produce a range of local wines. Source, The Western Advocate.

Brian Pickert retires from Seppeltsfield
Much like the fortified wines Nuriootpa’s Brian Pickert has helped craft over his 41-year career with Seppeltsfield Winery, both could easily be described as unsung heroes in the Australian wine sector. Last week, the valued and much respected cellar manager hung up his hard hat and work clothes signalling the end of his working era. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Why TWE's share prices tumbled today
One of the worst performing blue-chips on the market today has been the Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) share price. In afternoon trade the wine company's shares are down 4% to $15.27. Why are its shares lower today? Source, The Motley Fool.

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