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News posted on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Strategic analysis of the next five years for the Australian wine sector
The immediate future of Australia’s $4.2 billion wine sector will be the subject of robust discussion when the country’s leading wine grapegrowers, winemakers, suppliers and marketers meet for a landmark three-day event in Adelaide in July. WineTech 2015, the nation’s flagship wine sector trade show, will address national and global influences on demand, capability and competitiveness in a sector that is vitally important to the economy and jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality.

Entries open for NSW Small Winemakers Show 2015
Entries are now open for NSW Small Winemakers Show 2015 with judging set to run from August 24 – 26 at the Forbes Youth & Community Centre. The event is exclusive to small NSW and ACT business that crush a maximum of 500 tonnes, therefore any winery that is wholly or part owned by a large wine producer will not be able to take part. Last year, the show attracted 615 entries from 101 small producers across the state, with 38 per cent of entries awarded a medal.

JD.com founder Richard Liu taps a2 milk, Treasury Wine to rival Alibaba
Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, is hunting Australian companies to fuel the global expansion of his e-commerce website, JD.com, and take on Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma. Liu has partnered with ASX-listed companies including a2 Milk and Treasury Wine Estates to create an "Australian mall", which will sell authentic Australian product to China's fast growing middle class. JD.com, a Nasdaq-listed company with a market capitalisation of $US46 billion ($60 billion), is China's second biggest online retailer behind Ma's Alibaba.

Accolade Wines to spend £4m on Hardys
Accolade Wines has announced a £4 million (A$8.19m) above the line campaign for its leading wine brand Hardys, to coincide with its sponsorship of the English and Australian cricket teams ahead of the Ashes test matches with Australia. The new Hardys campaign will encompass a full ‘360 degree activation program’ which will run alongside the 2015 Ashes series, featuring an exclusive broadcast sponsorship on Sky Sports throughout this summer’s cricket season. It represents possibly the largest above-the-line investment by a wine brand in the UK.

Canberra’s taste of Swan
SWAN Valley wines flowed at Canberra’s Parliament House last week as about 500 people came to find out about businesses from the area at a showcase event. Presented by the City of Swan, there were 28 businesses showing food, wine, artwork, and cultural artefacts from the region. Business owners and entrepreneurs met ministers and explained to them their needs and ideas for enhancing the area.

Ripping out 25,000 healthy vines a lesson for whole NZ economy: winemaker
A Wairarapa winemaker believes there's an example for the national economy in his risky decision to uproot 25,000 healthy vines and plant a variety that's less productive, but more profitable. Martinborough's Murdoch James Estate is ripping out 10 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, which represents half its annual production, and replacing them with the notoriously tricky, but much higher value Pinot Noir. Adding to the risk of the $300,000 operation is that it could take five years for the new vines to return a full crop.

Great line up awaits judges of international wine competition
The fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition takes place from the 14 – 16 July, in Marlborough, New Zealand. During the event, 21 judges will be faced with approximately 1300 wines from New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, USA and South America. Commenting on the line up, Competition Director, Belinda Jackson says, “We strive to get a good representation from countries other than New Zealand and Australia and this year is our most diverse yet.”

Why the American market is so important to Bordeaux winemakers
For centuries, Bordeaux was at the centre of the world’s trade in wine. Its access to sea routes helped make claret the favourite wine of the British Empire, which in turn spread Bordeaux’s fame far and wide. That dominance has evaporated over the past four decades as a technological revolution in viticulture shattered Bordeaux’s monopoly on quality, creating challengers in California, Argentina, Australia and South Africa. Globalization helped those upstart wine regions compete directly with Bordeaux in markets around the world.

Historic drought sprouts success for Napa vineyards
In Napa Valley, home to some of California's prized vineyards, the vines are looking healthy, despite the state's historic drought, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy. Michael Honig, who owns a 67-acre vineyard in Napa, said the lack of rain in the past three years has produced some of the best wine California has seen in nearly a decade. "Dry years are good because it forces the vine to find water on its own and really penetrate deeply into the soils," he said

Barefoot takes steps to raise seaside profile with beach cleaning project
The Barefoot wine brand is taking a campaign to keep Britain’s beaches clean to ix locations over the summer. Edinburgh, St Anne’s in Lancashire, Scarsborough, Llanwit Major in Wales, Weston-super-Mare and Joss Bay in Kent are all on the itinerary for the tour, which will be the eighth year Barefoot has undertaken the project. Over that time, it has helped to give Barefoot a high profile in retailers and bars in coastal locations around the UK.

Argentine winery owner pursues bond with China
For winery owner Jose Manuel Ortega Gil-Fournier, China is not just a market but also an inspiration with culture, traditions and a future. Leaving his job at an investment bank in 1999, Ortega gambled everything on developing a winery in the western Argentine province of Mendoza at the foot of the Andes mountain range. "I saw this wonder and decided to abandon everything and dedicate myself to this.”

Barefoot takes steps to raise seaside profile with beach cleaning project
The Barefoot wine brand is taking a campaign to keep Britain’s beaches clean to ix locations over the summer. Edinburgh, St Anne’s in Lancashire, Scarsborough, Llanwit Major in Wales, Weston-super-Mare and Joss Bay in Kent are all on the itinerary for the tour, which will be the eighth year Barefoot has undertaken the project. Over that time, it has helped to give Barefoot a high profile in retailers and bars in coastal locations around the UK.

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