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News posted on Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Hunter concerned funding won't benefit regions
Vignerons in the New South Wales Hunter Valley have expressed concern country wine regions will miss the benefits of a multi-million dollar federal investment in Australia's wine industry. Winemaker Andrew Margan said the region does not export large amounts of wine and will see virtually zero benefit come out of the ERWSP. Source, The ABC.

Wine region in Ningxia developing global fame
For the past two years, 48 international experts have brought winemaking philosophies and techniques from both the new and old worlds of wine, like South Africa and Italy, to the emerging wine region, the Eastern Foothills of the Helan Mountains in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. Source, China Daily.

US states crack down on direct to consumer sales
According to ShipCompliant by Sovos, at over $2 billion in 2016 sales, the more than 5 million cases of wine shipped Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) is fast making it an important segment of the wine business. The tax revenue for wine shipments is in the tens of millions of dollars for states, but shipping wine can still be fraught. Source, Forbes.

Italy faces smallest harvest in 60yrs
Spring frost and an extreme heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' are set to leave the world's two largest wine producing countries with their smallest harvest for decades, according to initial estimates. Source, Decanter.

Craggy Range selected for top tourism award
Craggy Range winery has received the award for the best large visitor experience at the sixth annual Hawkes Bay Tourism Awards 2017. General manager, Aaron Drummond, has confirmed that the business is putting a renewed focus on making the customer experience world class. Source, Winetitles

Auction of Washington State wine raises $4.1m
At $100,000, the evening's top lot featured a trip to Italy with tours of some of Antinori's wineries. Other top lots included a 3-bottle collection and dinner with Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards which sold for $50,000, and a 37-year vertical of Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, which went for $32,500. Source, Wine Spectator.

The ASVO Winemaker of the year finalists
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 ASVO Winemaker of the year award. The winners of the ASVO Viticulturist and Winemaker of the year will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner on November 14 at Carrick Hill in Adelaide. Source, Winetitles.

South Island young winemaker of the year announced
The 2017 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year South Island Final has been held in Marlborough with Abigail Maxwell from Babich Wines taking out the title. Kelsey Daniels from VinLink Marlborough came in second with Peter Russell from Framingham Wine Company taking third place. Source, Winetitles

Drakesbrook cellar door reopened after fire
One of the first properties hit by the Waroona-Yarloop bushfires early last year, Drakesbrook Wines was badly damaged but after months of work is just weeks away from reopening its cellar doors. Owner Bernie Worthington said the property had been hit by the fire at about 8pm on January 6, with he and his family evacuated just in time. Source, The West Australian.

Vignerons lift Alpine strategy
The Alpine valleys’ wine sector is about to bring to fruition a set of fresh marketing and tourism strategies to help to shape its development in the high country. Alpine Valleys Vignerons’ president Micheal Freudenstein last week said the association was on track to acquit a Victorian government $20,000 grant made late last year – and matched by local producers. Source, The Alpine Observer.

Winery to offer luxury hotel
High-end accommodation for travellers looking for luxury will be coming to Nagambie within weeks. The final touches are being added to Mitchelton Wines’s luxury hotel ahead of a planned mid-October opening. Source, Shepparton News.

Correction: Wine publisher acquires property portal
On 29 August 2017 an article appeared in the Daily Wine News email bulletin titled “Wine publisher acquires property portal”. The correct heading should have appeared as “Provincial Press Group takes strategic stake in major property website.” The article can be viewed here[link to: http://winetitles.com.au/dwn/details.asp?ID=23930].

How a boutique importer launches a new brand
Bevroute interviews Gordon Little of Little Peacock Imports about how a new brand can think beyond the launch and maintain longevity in the US market by working together with their distributor or importer.

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