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News posted on Thursday, 31 August 2017

Hentley Farm joins Oatley Fine Wine Merchants
One of the Barossa Valley’s leading wineries will admirably fill a key regional opportunity in the Oatley Fine Wine Merchants’ portfolio when Hentley Farm Wines joins them on 4 September 2017. Source, Winetitles.

Millennials don't like Chardonnay
Australia’s next generation of wine drinkers continue to move on from Chardonnay, according to a new Wine Intelligence report. While the overall proportion of regular wine drinkers drinking Chardonnay has stayed flat in the short-term, significantly fewer younger drinkers are drawn to the country’s signature white varietal. Source, Winetitles.

Rutherglen wants Chinese tourism to double
A goal to more than double the number of Chinese visiting Rutherglen wineries has been set in response to a new federal government boost. The Winemakers of Rutherglen chairwoman Belinda Chambers lauded the commitment. Source, The Border Mail.

Kaesler wines celebrate their firsts
A robust red wine produced by Kaesler Wines at Nuriootpa and grown in Marananga has meant a series of “first” outcomes, winemaker Stephen Dew reveals. To begin with, this is the first time the wine company has won ‘best wine’ in the Marananga Wine Show’s short history. Source, The Barossa Herald.

A killer Shiraz from Clonakilla
"I remember the heady days when the Shiraz Viognier craze kicked off. Some were good. Some were ‘Shiraz with training-wheels’ and overtly floral. A few were excellent. But one always stood head and shoulders above the rest and continues to be a benchmark to this day: Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier," writes Dave Brooks for The Adelaide Review.

Bulgarian growers see excellent vintage
Bulgarian wine grape producers say that the 2017 harvest is the best in the past five years. According to the industry, all varieties are excellent, raising hopes of boosted sales and prizes at prestigious international competitions. Source, Novinite.

Marlborough to sign sister city agreement in China
New Zealand's largest winemaking region is about to cement a sister city agreement with Chinese winemaking region Ningxia. Marlborough Mayor John Leggett and representatives from Marlborough's Sister City Committee will finalise the deal in a visit next week. Ningxia, in north-central China, is the fifth largest winegrowing region internationally, while Marlborough produces 80 per cent of New Zealand's wine exports. Source, Stuff

Thieves dig in to catacombes wine cellar
Thieves stole wine reportedly worth more than €250,000 (£230,000) after burrowing into a private cellar from the catacombs 20 metres below Paris. Police say more than 300 bottles of vintage wine were carried out through the underground network, which comprises more than 150 miles (250km) of tunnels running beneath the city. Source, The Guardian.

Sarah Kemp signs off from Decanter
After 32 years, Managing Director at Decanter, Sarah Kemp steps down. "My aim was always to create a bridge between producers and the wine lover, our readers; to share this magical world. And for that you need the very best writers, established or rising stars," she writes in her final memory-filled piece. Source, Decanter.

Oregon and Washington wines poised for greatness
"When I travel to wine regions outside of the United States, I’m constantly surprised by how unfamiliar many people remain—even wine-industry professionals—with the range and generally very high quality of the wines of Oregon and Washington," writes Brian Freedman for Forbes.

Gisborne wineries make dedicated wine tourism website
With a 393 tonne rise in the region's vintage, Gisborne’s wineries have been put on the international tourism map in time for the announcement of a dedicated website for wine tourism last week. The New Zealand Winegrowers annual report this week showed Gisborne vintages rose to 16,337 tonnes, up from 15,944 in 2016. This year marks a recovery in the region’s up-and-down performance. Source, The Gisborne Herald

'Hipster Champagne' from Israel
Having already won over myriad wine lovers around the world, the natural wine trend has finally come to Israel. Pioneering the natural trend in Israel, the Jezreel Valley Winery has come out with a marvelous Pét-Nat, and that’s just one sign of the winery’s positive path. Source, Haaretz.

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