Category: Australia

Wine Australia board review

The Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, has requested an independent review into the performance of the board of Wine Australia. The review was a condition of the extension of Wine Australia’s current funding agreement, now due to expire in June 2020. The review will report to Wine Australia and the Minister by 1 May 2020. […]

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Wine businesses: review your liquor licence

New liquor licensing laws came into operation on 18 November 2019, resulting in a range of changes for licensed premises including cellar doors, including new licence categories and a different fee structure. The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is encouraging wine business owners to review their licenses immediately to ensure costs are minimised and […]

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Hunter hero

For 19 consecutive years the Hunter has been home to world recognised wine intensive, the Len Evans Tutorial. In its 19th year, the Hunter’s very own Adam Walls, a Wine Buyer at Wine Selectors has been named Dux, coming out on top of the 12 selected scholars for 2019.   Adam Walls   Each year […]

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Vines find their new ‘families’

In February 2019, devastating bushfires stormed The Topper’s Mountain vineyard. To help aid the gargantuan resurrection job, Topper’s My Vine Club is offering those interested the opportunity to adopt a young vine to replace one burnt by the fire. It has been only ten days since Topper’s Mountain Wines offered their baby vines for adoption […]

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Plan now to avoid staffing headaches this vintage

Preparations for vintage 2020 are in full swing. But have you thought about your obligations, rights and responsibilities when employing your vintage staff? That’s the message the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is sending to winegrape growers and wineries following a series of Vintage 2020 Briefings run across SA’s wine regions in November and […]

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Successful winemakers for inaugural Project 5255 announced

Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine is set to deliver the inaugural Project 5255 following the announcement of its three successful winemakers. South Australian winemakers and wine businesses applied for the chance to be gifted with up to a two-tonne allocation of local Langhorne Creek fruit. The project has been designed to provide three winemakers with […]

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Cost recovery for a fair and sustainable biosecurity system

The Department of Agriculture is expanding the range of cost-recovered import measures that support Australia’s biosecurity system. These changes follow consideration of the report of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee. The committee supported increasing the breadth of activities the department can cost recover through fees and charges. This will help to ensure fairer […]

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Chairman-elect for Endeavour Group revealed

Woolworths Group has announced Peter Hearl, an experienced ASX 50 director and global leader in the hospitality and food & beverage sector, as the proposed chairman-elect of Endeavour Group. Hearl’s appointment is subject to the completion of all relevant regulatory approvals and will only happen if the Restructure Scheme is approved by shareholders at the […]

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Riverina growers expressing concerns over water sharing plan

Winegrape growers in the Riverina are concerned about a lack of consultation on the draft Murrumbidgee Surface Water Sharing Plan (WSP) and fear it will negatively impact irrigators and its communities. Under the current WSP, high security irrigators in the NSW Murrumbidgee must share five per cent of their water allocations from the Murray-Darling region, […]

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How Penfolds is staying relevant and appealing to the Asian wine drinker after 175 years

Today, young millennial wine drinkers are much more likely to experiment with different wine brands from wine regions around the world. There is also a greater emphasis on Asian consumers, with the rising middle-class hungry for quality wines. So, how does Penfolds stay relevant?

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Securing Australia’s future agricultural workforce

A new National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee has been tasked with providing the Liberal and Nationals Government advice on how to secure a sustainable agricultural workforce for the future. Minister for Agriculture, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said Australian agriculture has its best years ahead of it despite current difficulties caused by drought and bushfires. “The workforce’s […]

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Australian Malbec explores the success of Argentina´s flagship

Over the last several years, Australian winemakers have begun to explore the production of Malbec after observing an explosion of global popularity of Argentina’s symbolic export. Australia has over 20 different small productions of this variety spread across the country, from the Hunter, Barossa, and Clare Valley’s, to the Margaret River and Frankland River, and […]

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Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced, with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges in many regions, especially in New South Wales and Queensland, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report launched today. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ (ABARES) chief commodity analyst Peter Gooday, said […]

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Hundreds of Penfolds bottles to go under the hammer in world’s biggest Penfolds auction

Almost 2,000 bottles of Penfolds are going under the hammer this week as part of fine wine retailer Langton’s Rewards of Patience Auction; the world’s largest auction devoted exclusively to Penfolds. One of the more sought-after items in the online auction is a set of Penfolds Grange from 1951 to 2014. The set is expected […]

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Blog: Vanya Cullen marks 30 years as chief winemaker

2019 marks Vanya Cullen’s 30th year as Chief Winemaker for Cullen Wines. Vanya is one of Australia’s best known winemakers has been its most vocal advocate of biodynamic winemaking and sustainable agriculture.

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Watch out for hard seltzer growth

The United States has often been an indicator of which trends could start happening in other markets including Australia, and according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, hard seltzer is set for massive growth.

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