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News posted on Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#11: Be part of Australia’s biosecurity army. Know the exotic pests and diseases you and your staff must keep an eye out for in vineyards http://www.vinehealth.com.au/media/Pierces-disease-factsheet-PHA-1.pdf. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

British wine producers reach record high number
The number of wine producers in Britain has jumped 13% over the past year to meet the booming demand for “boutique” drinks, which has also propelled the growth of craft breweries and independent distilleries across the country. Source, The Daily Telegraph.

Constellation looks to 'drinkable marijuana'
Constellation Brands, the huge international beer, wine and liquor company based near Rochester, is buying a share in a Canadian medical marijuana business. The goal is to develop cannibis-infused beverages, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports. Source, New York Upstate.

Small wine producers in fear of globalisation
Despite being the first wine producer of the world, Italy’s wine sector lacks a long-term and wide-ranging strategy capable of addressing competition in the globalised market; competition which is mainly driven by the large consumer countries. Source, Lexology.

Riparbella lands on the winemaking map
A leisurely half-hour drive down the picturesque via Vecchia Aurelia and Strada Comunale di Montescudaio takes you from brassy Bolgheri to another brilliant wine region. Ribarbella sits prettily in the Pisa province, the town dating to 1034 and named after the sandy white tufa soil. Source, The Florentine.

The growth of the industry
The latest figures put New Zealand wine exports at $1,669 billion as at the end of July, making wine the fifth largest export earner in the country. So how have we come to be such a power broker, when we are such a small player? Source, New Zealand Winegrower.

Giesen release new Riesling
If you’ve mastered making New Zealand’s number one selling Riesling, it makes sense to challenge yourself, right? That’s why the Giesen winemaking team has created a limited release, Gemstone Riesling. Source, Voxy.

Australian wine: the way forward
British buyers have long fought for low prices on Australian wine and a number of producers Down Under have in turn enjoyed enormous volume growth. It remains by far the largest country of origin on UK shelves but the average price point still stands at just £5.23. Source, Drinks Retailing News.

The best Chinese promoters of Aussie wine
The top Chinese wine professionals who excel in promoting Australian wine in China have been honoured at the Wine Australia China Awards 2017. 13 business representatives and individuals were celebrated for their outstanding contribution promoting and raising awareness of Australian wine in Australia’s most valuable export market. Source, Winetitles.

New organic wine delivery business
"Organic wine has a lot to offer consumers, especially if they do a little tasting ‘research’ to find a favourite drop. We are all looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and choosing organic products is just another way." Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Pernod Ricard appoints new marketing director
Pernod Ricard Australia has revealed its new Marketing Director, who will replace Anne Martin after she transferred to Canada. Eric Thomson has made the move to Sydney from the US where he was the Vice President of Global Marketing US Brands for Pernod Ricard Winemakers for three years. Source, The Shout.

Single serve wine sales an 'untapped market'
While the University of South Australia’s Ehrenberg-Bass Institute researchers Professor Johan Bruwer and Dr Justin Cohen examined risk perceptions among wine consumers, they found restaurateurs tended to offer only cheaper wines by the glass, believing these sales would otherwise “cannibalise bottle sales and restrict profits.” Source, News.

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