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News posted on Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Wine Australia China Roadshow wrap up
More than 2000 of China’s wine buyers, trade and media attended the 2017 Wine Australia China Roadshow. Exhibitors praised another successful roadshow event in Australia’s most valuable export market that saw guests demonstrate a growing understanding of Australian wine and curiosity to try new styles and discover new regions. Source, Winetitles.

Changes to Riverina Wine Shows
With entries about to open this week, the Riverina Winemakers Association shares some changes to its 2017 Wine Shows. It also thanks Stuart McGrath-Kerr for his contribution over the past two decades as he will not be involved in this year's show pending a move to Tasmania.

Cool Climate Wine Show results
The 17th Cool Climate Wine Show was held at Mornington Racecourse last week and the results have been tallied. More than 540 wines were judged by a 16-member team chaired by master of wine Meg Brodtmann. The show saw an increase in 30% of entrants from last year. Source, Mornington Peninsula News.

A new owner for Lerida Estate
After 20 years at the helm, Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine have sold Lerida Estate. Lumbers, who is about to turn 72, said the sale was purely down to the fact he thought it was time to retire. The vineyard's new owner is Michael McRoberts, who is an accountant by profession. Source, Canberra Times.

Fire at Shadowfax Winery
Crews were called just after 7am this morning after reports of a large structure fire near Werribee Mansion. Twelve fire trucks are fighting the blaze which is now under control, according to a CFA spokeswoman. Source, The Herald Sun.

Entries open for New World Wine Awards
Winemakers are encouraged to get their entries in for the 2017 New World Wine Awards, the wine show with a unique point of difference from others in its focus on wines that are affordable and accessible. Source, Scoop Business.

New Zealand horticultural export values jump
What does New Zealand export more than wine? Kiwifruit. According to the new issue of industry publication Fresh Facts, key exports included NZ$1.7 billion of kiwifruit, NZ$1.6 billion of wine, primarily Marlborough Sauvignon blanc, and NZ$690 million of apples. Source, Fresh Fruit Portal.

Record number of UK wineries opened
A record number of English wine companies were launched last year, as new vineyard owners sought to capitalise on a growing taste for their products. Sixty-four new wine businesses put down roots in England and Wales during 2016, up 73% on the previous year, according to HM Revenue and Customs. Source, The Guardian.

An international wine project
"An Italian, a German and a Greek sit in a wine bar and have tasted a few bottles. And one more glass of wine goes down. ‘Let’s do something crazy,’ says the Greek. ‘Let’s go to Tuscany and harvest some Syrah grapes, put them on a truck, drive them 1200 miles to the north, to Sweden, and make Italian wine by the Baltic Sea’." Source, Forbes.

Finding wines inside a monastery
"Scala Dei is considered the birthplace of present-day Priorat’s wine industry. As with many renowned wine regions, we have religion, namely monks, to thank in part for their existence." Source, Forbes.

Richard Ward dies at age 67
Napa Valley in the 1970s was still gaining fame with Cabernet Sauvignon when Richard Ward broke from the pack. He and David Graves took a chance on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Carneros. Their vision—and their winery Saintsbury—came into focus just ahead of a wave of interest in those two grapes and that region. Source, Wine Spectator.

Off-season biosecurity tip
Tip#2: Always virus test your vines before considering grafting over to a new variety. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

New Zealand horticultural export values jump

How do wine critic scoring scales match up?

Shadowfax Winery Fire update
Thankfully no one, or no wine was hurt.

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