Category: Australia

Australian wine exports holding up well

In 2019–20, the average value of Australian wine exports grew to $3.89 per litre free on board (FOB), the highest level since 2004–05. However, the total value of exports decreased by one percent in value to $2.84 billion, as a result of measures to contain COVID-19. Wine Australia chief executive officer Andreas Clark said exports […]

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Grapevine research solves Chardonnay clonal mystery

The mysterious origin of Margaret River’s much-loved Gingin clone of Chardonnay has been solved in a study recently published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Gingin is the most planted clone of Chardonnay in the Margaret River wine region. It is known both for its tendency to produce loose grape bunches with […]

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No final determination of Wilyabrup as a Geographical Indication for wine

Image: Wine Australia The Geographical Indications Committee (GIC) has decided not to make a final determination of Wilyabrup as a Geographical Indication (GI). GIC presiding member Dennis Mutton said the decision was influenced by the fact that there was still no agreement on the exact boundaries or attributes of the proposed Wilyabrup region and that […]

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Gourmet Traveller Wine tries to trade out of administration

Food and wine lifestyle magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, is under scrutiny after it was announced that Cameron Gray and Anthony Elkerton of DW Advisory were appointed administrators in December, with more than $840,000 owed to the Tax Office, about $36,000 to the printing company Blue Star Web and a slew of smaller creditors including wine […]

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Pregnancy warning made compulsory on alcohol within three years

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have introduced new norms regarding alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation acknowledged it this week. Moreover, they have pushed back the deadline for multi-colored pregnancy warning tags on alcohol. These tags are now going to be imprinted in red, black and white, and will read a […]

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Australia-US looking to ramp up joint military exercises in South China Sea

Australia and the United States are set to conduct more joint military exercises in the South China Sea following Canberra’s decision to brand China’s territorial claims unlawful at the United Nations. China’s government is expected to respond to Australia’s escalation within days. State media has warned further trade strikes on beef and wine could be […]

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Aldi withdraws SA liquor licence bid

Aldi has withdrawn its applications for liquor licences at six of its stores in South Australia after the Government closed a liquor licensing loophole regarding alcohol being stocked in supermarkets. However in May the South Australian Government announced it was moving to close the loophole, after new liquor licensing categories came into effect in November […]

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Unico Zelo is colouring outside the lines

Unico Zelo – the boundary-pushing Adelaide Hills winery that brought us vermouth made from yuzu and mandarin liqueur crafted using “ugly” fruit, along with a throng of smashable wines – has gone all out and founded a new brand devoted to experimental, small-batch vino.

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Tokay is no longer okay from September

September 1st 2020 marks the end of the transition period for use of ‘Tokay’, making it an offence under the Wine Australia Act 2013 (the Act) to describe or present an Australian wine using this term. When the Australia–European Community Agreement on Trade in Wine (the Agreement) commenced on September 2010, Australia relinquished use of […]

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Mclaren Vale Wine Show and James Halliday Grenache Challenge set to open for 2020

Image: Josh Geelen Following careful consideration and strategic planning, the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) has confirmed that the McLaren Vale Wine Show and James Halliday Grenache Challenge will proceed in 2020. In 2019, over 100 of the region’s wineries entered the show and over 700 wines were entered for judging. Following […]

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Australian Women in Wine Awards 2020 Launch

Image: (from L to R): Kate Harvey (Wine Australia), Ali Laslett (Australian Grape & Wine), Corrina Wright (AWIWA Board), Jane Thomson (AWIWA Board), Angie Bradbury (winner of 2019’s ‘Woman of Inspiration’ Award) In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) has announced that it […]

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Blog: Australian winemakers riding pandemic wave could have their best year ever

Both natural acts of destruction have had a significant impact on the economy of Australia, with travel halted and businesses being forced to close. One area, in particular, that has been at risk of a complete downfall is the Australian wine business, something we as a nation are incredibly proud of.

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Water allocation prices likely to fall across the southern Murray-Darling Basin

Image: CSIRO The latest Water Market Outlook report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) indicates that water allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling are likely to fall in 2020–21. ABARES executive director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds said water prices at the start of 2019–20 were high compared to the historical […]

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Brexit, Australian style: will leaving the EU breathe new life into an old friendship?

When Boris Johnson unveiled his government’s new points-based immigration system in February 2020, designed to deliver Brexit by shifting Britain’s migrant intake “away from a reliance on cheap labour from Europe”, the spin cycle was at full tilt. This was no raising of the drawbridge, but a signal that “the UK is open and welcoming […]

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Veteran wine writers join for the launch of Winepilot.com

Image: Angus Hughson Experience and trust are the cornerstones for the launch of Winepilot with respected wine scribes Jeni Port, Tony Love, Ken Gargett, Rob Geddes MW, Matt Dunne and Erin Larkin some of the wine communicators now contributing to this new online drinks magazine. Winepilot was founded by Angus Hughson, former chief marketing officer […]

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Winning streak continues for Tamburlaine at London Wine Competition

Australia’s largest producer of organic wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, has continued an impressive winning streak taking out a gold, two silvers and a bronze at the 2020 London Wine Competition. Tamburlaine’s managing director Mark Davidson said the international win was significant with wines judged for end consumers in the event. “Wines are rated with three […]

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