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News posted on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Australia’s Wine Business on the Rise
The roller coaster Australian wine business heads skyward with refined bottles. The inside story of Australian wine is a heartbreaking tale of boom and bust. Veterans still shake their heads over “The Great Vine Pull of 1987.” After five years of uncontrolled surpluses, the government actually paid growers to remove Shiraz vines and leave their land barren. The result was the loss of thousands of acres of the best old-vine Shiraz. The industry recovered and another boom ensued, only to come crashing down in the recession of 2007-2008. Then a strong surge in the value of the Aussie dollar made entry-level wines such as Yellow Tail no longer seem like appealing bargains.

How this WA winery is using drones and geology
When farmers choose their paddocks, they look for good soil. When winemakers choose their ground, they look for 'terroir' - French term describing the site's soil, climate and topography which can subtly or even substantially influence the way grapes grow and what they taste like when made into wine. Back in 1922, soil quality was the prime concern for a pioneering WA settler named George John Alexander Swinney when he went to the Frankland River region in the Great Southern to choose a site for farming by the banks of the river.

Two days left to enter Fiano tasting
Australian wine producers have until close of business this Friday (2 December) to register their interest in an upcoming tasting of Fiano being organised by the Wine & Viticulture Journal. The tasting has been prompted by the rapid rise in the number of Australian wineries producing Fiano since the publication last tasted the varietal nearly five years when there was just a handful. Today, the Journal’s sister publication, the Wine Industry Directory, lists just over 70 wineries crushing the Italian white variety.

Culture Club coming to Seppeltsfield
1980's iconic pop group Culture Club have confirmed a concert at Seppeltsfield in December, as part of a national Encore Tour announced last week. The group, who is led by one of the greatest pop phenomena of all time, Boy George, will hit the Barossa for one night only on Friday 9th December. Seppeltsfield will be Culture Club’s only performance in South Australia, with fellow 80’s bands 1927, Pseudo Echo and Real Life joining as supports. Culture Club has enjoyed a return to fame in recent years, following the reformation of original group members in 2014 after a 15 year break from recording.

Doc Adams cellar door in McLaren Vale unveiled
Adams Wines is proud to announce the official opening of their Cellar Door. A destination that is set to be iconic in the McLaren Vale wine region, as a facility to accommodate tastings, a family friendly atmosphere set amongst McLaren Vale vines and beautiful Australian bushland. The Cellar Door will be officially opened on Monday 28th of November. Proceedings to be held at the Cellar Door premises, 276 California Road, Tatachilla SA 5171 from 1.30pm onwards. Adam Jacobs, Managing Director, commented, ‘We are excited to now have a home in the heart of McLaren Vale where we can share and showcase our premium wines with local produce in a unique and engaging environment.

New Zealand plans for Vintage 2017 after Earthquake
The New Zealand wine industry is busy planning for the up-coming vintage after taking into account the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. “We have completed our survey of the impact of the earthquake on our members” said Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers. “It is clear there was some wine loss as a result of the earthquake but it amounts to only a little over 2% of Marlborough’s total production. While this is frustrating, this is not a major concern as vintage 2016 was a near record one. This means there is plenty of wine available to continue our market growth.”

Government helps wine industry fix damage from quake
Officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Primary Industries are working with New Zealand Winegrowers to resolve quake damage to wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region that is threatening the 2017 harvest. An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country's largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. There is the potential that a lack of storage will affect the ability of the industry to process the full 2017 harvest, which commences in around 15 weeks, said Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

Wine sales see a spirited increase during holiday season
This time of the year, alcohol sales see an increase. Beer, wine, and liquor sales in the United States have grown 11.7 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to market research firm Ibisworld. Additionally, sales for alcohol are higher at the end of the year than any other time. Local wineries and vineyards benefit from this increase in sales around the holiday time. Babak Bakhtiar, Director of Marketing at CrossKeys Vineyards, says they are witnessing an increase in sales overall, as well as holiday purchases.

Italy Increases Wine Exports To China
In the first nine months of the year, Italy has sold the same wine quantity in China as across the whole of 2015. According to Business Strategies/Nomisma, in September Italian wine companies achieved €90 million worth of sales in China (+ 28.1% higher than last year). In particular, sparkling wine sales grew 35% more than 2015. China remains the tenth biggest buyer of Italian wine, accounting for 5% of total exports.

French wine label printer grows strong business
Located in the Bordeaux wine area (France), Imprimerie Laulan prints premium labels for leading wine producers in the country. For the past twenty years, the company has grown its business steadily, relying on waterless offset printing and Toray thermal waterless plates. Toray Industries Inc, a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, reported about the implementation of waterless offset printing using Toray plates at Imprimerie Laulan, one of the landmark label printers for the Bordeaux wine industry. Toray plate technology has helped grow the company's footprint in label printing and triple the company's revenue over the past twenty years.

'Drink wine, save water' MEC tells delegates
Welcoming delegates to the inaugural African Agri Investment Indaba on Tuesday, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, had a warning or two and some advice to share. First, the warning about the drought. ” We are under pressure,” he said, urging everyone to do their bit and use water sparingly. Then came the advice. Winde suggested that one way that people could help was by drinking wine instead of water, adding that there were also delicious local grape juices for those who didn’t drink alcohol.

Matthew Clark and Majestic surge ahead in UK On-Premise
New research just released by Wine Business Solutions shows that Matthew Clark grew its share of wine listings last year to over 17%. The research shows that Matthew Clark is the clear leader is all regions of the UK except Northern Ireland. WBS Principal, Peter McAtamney, says that: “It is Matthew Clark’s ability to cover all major On-Premise opportunities that makes them compelling as a partner. Spain, Italy and Argentina have been the best performing countries in the UK On-Premise is the last 12 months. The other business cutting a swathe through the UK On-Premise is Majestic’s Wholesale arm. From virtually a standing start 12 months ago, Majestic now controls 5% of all listings in the UK. Customers clearly prefer their model to most of the established distributors’.

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