Category: Australia

Opinion: China turns the screws on Australian exports

According to an opinion column in the Australian Financial Review, the relentless domestic focus on Australia’s recovery from COVID, Beijing’s determination to ramp up the economic costs of Australia’s approach to China is impossible to ignore. From coal to barley to wine to beef to cotton, Australian exports are now at ever-increasing risk from Beijing’s […]

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Word of mouth propels Morlet Wines’ organic growth

A growing number of small producers in Margaret River are eschewing the metaphorical bright lights and long lists of varietals in favour of flying under the radar with handcrafted wines and organic vineyard practices. Tucked away just outside Cowaramup, there’s a hidden gem which has been quietly building its name as a supplier of quality […]

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Banrock Station commits to planting 100,000 native trees and shrubs every year

Banrock Station, the Australian eco-friendly wine brand from Accolade Wines, has partnered with Landcare Australia to plant 100,000 native trees and shrubs each year, starting from January 2021. Supporting biodiversity and animal habitats, clean air and water, while responding to the impacts of a changing climate and deforestation, the new initiative will see thousands of […]

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The Master returns from Wolf Blass

A wine that was first launched in 2014, paying homage to winery founder Wolfgang Blass – renowned as a master blender – is returning for its second ever stint in the market. Now in 2020, upholding Wolf’s legacy, the Wolf Blass winemakers have crafted ‘The Master’ again, by hand-selecting and combining 2018s finest parcels from […]

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The sustainable future of alcohol producers

Across the world, a collective green movement among wine and spirits producers is in motion. From transforming carbon dioxide into vodka to creating paper-based bottles, the alcohol industry – one that depends on a healthy ecosystem – is enacting change. Australian wine brand The Hidden Sea is on a mission to remove one billion plastic […]

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Australia’s wine drinkers go local

Amid the turmoil of COVID and climate change, Australia’s wine producers are finding a silver lining in the surge of goodwill towards them from domestic consumers. The bushfire and COVID crises have provoked a strong and sustained outpouring of support for Australian wines from Australian wine drinkers, who have increased their purchase levels of domestic […]

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Coles joins Australia’s move to organic wine

Australian retailer Coles is launching an organic wine range across all of its Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor Market and Liquorland retail outlets. The organic range features wines from three Australian producers – Paxton Wines, Marron Creek and Jacob’s Creek – and is a direct response to the increasing consumer demand for sustainably-produced alcohol options, […]

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Quini expands wine sensory data market coverage to Australia

Quini, a leader for real-time sensory data, analytics and technology solutions for the wine industry, has expanded its wine sensory data services to Australia. Australia-based wineries and wine producers worldwide are now able to access local Australian wine consumer sensory feedback on their brands and their competitors’ products faster than ever and at significantly lower […]

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Work begins on national Wine Industry Code of Practice for heavy vehicles

Image: Cold Ridge. Photo courtesy of Riverland Wines. Photo by Italo Vardaro More than 1.5 million tonnes of winegrapes were crushed across Australia in 2020 and most of these were transported to wineries by heavy vehicles using public roads. With heavy vehicle use comes extensive legal obligations of drivers, wineries, grapegrowers and vineyard contractors for […]

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Charles Sturt research to understand Shiraz terroir

Image: Dr John Blackman from NWGIC Researchers from Charles Sturt University are seeking to understand the regional typicality of Shiraz in a project funded by Wine Australia. The research, through the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC), will be presented in a free online event on Wednesday 28 October. Charles Sturt lecturer in wine […]

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Jacob’s Creek launches new organic range

The release of the Nature’s Craft Organic range from Jacob’s Creek marks the wine producer’s entry into the organic wine market. Made with Australian organically-grown grapes, and in conditions free of synthetic herbicides and pesticides, the premium range includes a Chardonnay, rosé and Shiraz Cabernet. Dan Swincer, chief winemaker of Jacob’s Creek said, “Nature’s Craft […]

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Australian punk icons join international natural wine project

Two bastions of Australia’s music scene – Crowbar and UNIFIED – have announced a new collaborative music and wine project and online store, dubbed Built to Spill Wine. The project will offer a selection of delicious natural wines from across the globe, along with inviting musicians to team up with Australian winemakers to capture their […]

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Finalists of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards announced

Image: Last year’s AWIWA Viticulturist of the Year, Sheridan Alm receiving her award from Kate Harvey The finalists for the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) have today been announced by the AWIWA board. In a year like no other, founding AWIWA advisory board member and wine journalist, Jeni Port said it was extremely […]

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Treasury hits sustainability targets and sets sights on more

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has released its 2020 ‘Sustainability Report’, highlighting the reductions it has achieved in carbon emissions and landfill waste as well as setting new targets for further packaging guidelines and women in leadership roles. TWE is the custodian of some of the world’s most trusted premium wines from some […]

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Riverland Wine: where to in 2021?

Whilst the wine industry has become accustomed to cyclical disruptions, the unprecedented disruption to world trade and consumption of discretionary consumer goods such as wine has not been seen previously. For growers to plan their future, they must now get out the crystal ball and make some informed assumptions.

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Australian wine e-retailer Vinomofo is fast becoming a household name

Australian wine e-retailer Vinomofo is fast becoming a household name— like tech companies Google or Netflix — and chief executive Justin Dry says it’s all down to the company’s attitude, according to The Australian. Speaking ahead of The Australian’s E-Commerce Summit next week, Dry says his ‘boozy brand’ has resonated because of its three values: […]

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