Category: Australia

News from the fire ground: The journey towards recovery

Almost 12 weeks since January’s bushfires, The Islander Estate has made huge strides in recovery and its commitment to Kangaroo Island wine is stronger than ever. The initial 6 weeks following the fire focussed on clean-up of the Estate and ensuring all areas are safe. It has lifted the spirits of the team to have […]

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Trucks keep rolling despite state and territory border closures

A number of Australian states and territories including South Australia have closed their borders in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Those working in agriculture and transport are pleased with the SA government’s decision to enable the food supply chain to continue operating.

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Can liquor outlets remain open amid moves to limit the spread of coronavirus?

The liquor industry is making its case to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus. Julie Ryan from Retail Drinks Australia, which represents all off-premise liquor outlets, said shutting the outlets would affect the whole supply chain of an industry that generated $42 billion for the economy.

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China’s appetite for Australian wine cools as outbreak saps demand

Wine sales between China and Australia have been hit hard by the pandemic, with well-known Australian winemaker Penfolds offering large discounts. This included one of the label’s well-known products, the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, for roughly A$28 (US$16.8) depending on the year, or around a 40 percent discount.

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Business as usual: wine industry classed as ‘essential service’

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has confirmed with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) that the wine sector, along with all agricultural industries, has been classed as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuation of all vineyard and winery operations. In a statement, AGW’s chief executive, Tony Battaglene, said talks with […]

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Coronavirus outbreak prompts new restrictions on alcohol sales in WA bottle shops

Alcohol sales have been restricted across Western Australia to prevent panic buying and stop excess drinking during the coronavirus outbreak, with limitations on how much bottle shops can sell to patrons introduced.

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Wine industry tax relief will save businesses, jobs and regional communities

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) is calling on the Australian Government to give Australian wine businesses a temporary break from paying the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to pay wages and suppliers and give them further hope for the future. “2020 has seen drought, fire, smoke and […]

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Woolworths puts Endeavour demerger on hold

Woolworths has confirmed that with all ALH Hotels closed and uncertainty in the financial markets it has deferred the separation of Endeavour Group until the 2021 calendar year. In an update to the Australian Stock Exchange, Woolworths said it was still considering when the move would happen.

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New vintage wines, made for eating

McLaren Vale’s Hastwell & Lightfoot have released three new vintage wines, a 2019 Fiano, a 2019 Vermentino and a 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. Fiano, a variety that hails from Southern Italy, performs particularly well in McLaren Vale. “There is a noticeable move by many winegrowers to white varieties more suited to the region’s Mediterranean climate,” explained […]

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Wine sector seeks to complete Vintage 2020 amid fears of national shutdown

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) welcomes the approach taken by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments to allow businesses to continue working through the 2020 vintage and encourages other governments to follow suit. AGW chief executive, Tony Battaglene said, “We understand the potentially devastating ramifications of COVID-19 on the health and welfare of Australians […]

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Wine Australia protects truth in labelling

Wine Australia has suspended the export licence of Dandelion Vineyards Pty Ltd (Dandelion) until 1 May 2020 after finding that the exporter unintentionally contravened the Wine Australia Act 2013 (Act) by making label claims that were not supported by records kept under the Label Integrity Program (LIP), and subsequently selling and exporting wine with misleading […]

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$2 million to develop biosecurity screening project

A challenge set by the department to tackle pests and diseases on incoming cargo containers has led to two companies each being awarded $1 million under the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop a proof of concept. Head of biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Lyn O’Connell, […]

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The wine’s still pouring at Digital Wine Ventures

Digital Wine Ventures says WINEDEPOT remains up and running, despite the new government lockdown measures. The company says its logistics business will remain fully operational, despite the non-essential services shutdown measures recently implemented by the Australian Government.

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Demand for low and no alcohol beverages expected to continue to grow

Demand for low and no alcoholic beverages has been reported by many to have experienced large growth over recent years, albeit off a small base, and this is expected to continue. Drinks Retailing News reported in their Buyer’s Guide to Mindful Drinking 2019 that while making up 0.7 per cent of low and no-alcohol alternatives […]

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Australia’s hospitality sector slows down

By Samuel Squire As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more difficult to deal with, the Australian Federal Government has now enforced all non-essential businesses to close up shop in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Wine and hospitality businesses across the country are having to close their doors whilst the spread of the […]

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Another cellar door to close temporarily

South Australia’s Wynns Coonawarra Estate has decided to, amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, close its Coonawarra cellar door as of Monday, March 23. The announcement comes amid many other wine businesses closing up shop for the time being until the COVID-19 situation gets under control by global health networks. In an email announcement of […]

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