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News posted on Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Dairy crisis a lesson for wine industry
Turmoil over prices in the dairy industry that led to a government commitment to fund the development of a milk price index should be heeded by the Australian wine industry, according to Murray Valley Winegrowers. Barnaby Joyce, Agriculture Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, announced a re-elected Coalition government would work with the dairy industry to establish a commodity milk price index to provide “greater transparency and market signals” for domestic and global milk prices.

Register for AWRI Wine Industry Technical Survey – you could win a trip to Bordeaux!
In August the AWRI will launch what promises to be the largest ever survey of practices in the Australian wine sector. It will cover all key aspects of grapegrowing and winemaking and the aggregated results will be a valuable resource for both producers and researchers. It is intended that the survey will be repeated every five years to track practice changes.

OPINION: Creating a unified ‘Brand Australia’ would rule, OK?
WE ARE a competitive lot here in Australia. Whether at school, on the sporting field or in business, we love to compete to gain “bragging rights” about who is the best. But is our competitive streak holding us back from reaching our full potential? Is our inherently competitive nature preventing our agricultural and food manufacturing sectors from reaching their potential and the rewards that would come from a united, single brand renowned as a reliable and safe supplier to the growing middle class in Asia?

Strenua wine a success for students using Chum Creek vineyard
TWO winemakers are producing a sell-out drop from a vineyard they received for free. Independent wine label, Strenua, is produced in Chum Creek by friends Dale Wheeler and Rhen Dodd. The property sold in 2011 and the new owners had no desire to manage the 22-year-old vines, so they offered them to students at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus.

Branded sales boost revenue for AVL
Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has reported a total revenue increase of eight per cent to the end of April 2016 on the back of strong branded sales. The increase in revenue is a reflection on higher branded sales in the UK, Europe, Australasia, and North America, however it was partially offset by lower bulk wine sales.

Peninsula winemakers show their class
THE public “turned out in droves” for open tastings at last week’s 16th International Cool Climate Wine Show at Mornington Racecourse. More than 400 wines over many classes – with 20 per cent coming from the Mornington Peninsula – had earlier been appraised by a team of judges. Cool climate wines are produced on the peninsula by 170 wineries and sold through 50 cellar doors.

Renwick, Marlborough wants to wow with town centre makeover
Driving through Renwick, you wouldn't know you were in the heart of Marlborough's wine country. In fact, tourists passing through the small township are more likely to stop for a pie than some plonk. But a community group wants to change all that with a wine-themed makeover. The group is even considering a public selfie stick for snap-happy tourists to take holiday shots promoting the region's wineries.

Sell-out success for Winetopia
Nearly 4,000 guests attended New Zealand wine festival Winetopia last weekend, with event organisers labelling it a “sell-out success”. Held in Auckland at Shed 10, the two-day festival has already garnered rave reviews from attendees, who tasted wines from more than 40 wineries.

Sell-out success for Winetopia
Nearly 4,000 guests attended New Zealand wine festival Winetopia last weekend, with event organisers labelling it a “sell-out success”. Held in Auckland at Shed 10, the two-day festival has already garnered rave reviews from attendees, who tasted wines from more than 40 wineries.

English wine industry on the up with 37 new vineyards opening last year alone
The English wine industry is going from strength to strength, with almost 40 new producers and vineyards opening in the last year alone, a new report has found. During 2015, 37 new wine producers and vineyards opened up, according to research from national accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.

Canada wins bid for global wine summit
Canada has been selected to host one of the world’s most presitgious international wine conferences. Brock University in St. Catharines, will be the host site for the 10th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) which will take place in July 2020. Canada was one of four countries seeking to host the 2020 event, alongside Australia, New Zealand and Chile.

Halo effect gives wine prices wings
It's obvious what effect a big score can have on a particular wine, but what about the wider impact? As a commodity, the value of wine is one that draws a lot of skepticism. The higher the price tag a wine has the further divorced its cost seems to be from its production. It's a reductive perspective, but certainly the most expensive wines command prices far removed from the cost of production; instead scarcity, demand, terroir, story, the market economy and – hopefully – quality are what drive prices higher.

26 graduate from 2016 Wine Educators Academy
Twenty-six wine educators from eight countries and 12 states gathered in the Napa Valley recently for the fifth convening of the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association. The program provides a deep immersion into the renowned wine region’s viticultural practices, geology, climate, winemaking traditions, history and more.

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