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NSW cellar doors open for wine tastings

Wineries with cellar doors in New South Wales have been given the green light to welcome visitors for wine tastings again from Monday 1 June 2020. The NSW Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) welcomes the announcement of the relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions that will see cellar doors be able to offer up to 50 guests […]

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Water used for irrigation fell 26 percent in 2018-19

Above average temperatures and drought across much of the eastern states led to a 26 per cent fall in the volume of water used for irrigation in 2018-19, according to data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ABS Director of Agriculture Statistics, Sarah Kiely, said: “The volume of water used for irrigation […]

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ASVO releases addendum to the Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations

With the recent challenges associated with COVID-19 the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Wine Show Technical Advisory Committee has prepared an Addendum to the 2015 ASVO Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations (BPRs) which provides a series of best practices recommendations that apply to Hygiene Requirements for wine shows to conduct wine shows with […]

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Riverland wine region pushes to make mark on labels, as growers shrug off industry stigma

Australia’s largest wine region, which produces more than a quarter of the national crush, is rarely listed on a wine bottle label and is not very well-known outside its home state of South Australia. Some growers have made it their mission to transform the Riverland’s bulk-wine image, to showcase the high-quality wines it has to […]

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Wetter than average conditions likely for most of the country in winter

The Bureau of Meteorology will today release its 2020 Winter Outlook, with most of the country showing an increased likelihood of wetter than average conditions in the coming three months. The Bureau’s manager of long-range forecasting, Dr Andrew Watkins, said there were only a few areas across the country that weren’t looking at a wetter […]

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Reopen Victorian cellar doors

By Steve Kelly The King Valley wine industry has asked the Victorian state government to clarify the lifting of cellar door restrictions. Wine tastings could be on the cards over the Queen’s Birthday weekend if restrictions on cellar doors are lifted alongside other hospitality businesses such as restaurants by June 1. When COVID-19 restriction modifications […]

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Reality check on finding new export markets

It might be conventional wisdom that Australia needs to diversify its trade and reduce dependence on China. There is, however, no magic button that delivers it. No trade delegation to New Delhi or Jakarta is going to pick up a raft of contracts to enable us to cancel guaranteed sales to China. Right now, for […]

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Why Australia’s fragmented wine industry presents a business opportunity for integration

Australia’s wine industry has long been fragmented, with more than 6,000 grapegrowers, 2,500 winemakers, 2,000 distributors in the country selling through a multitude of platforms and over 50,000 licenced premises. Some through traditional retail, others online and – worst-impacted by the coronavirus – some reliant solely on cellar door revenue.

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Bordeaux invests in Australian wine

Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz will soon be launched through La Place de Bordeaux and distributed by some of Bordeaux’s most powerful and influential négociant houses. These richly flavoured modern wines, both of historic significance, are well known by Australian wine collectors and media for their expressive […]

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China considers targeting Australian wine

What Australian wineries and wine merchants in China are fearing the most is about to happen, as sources close to Chinese government told Bloomberg that wine is among a list of potential agricultural products drawn up by Chinese officials to retaliate Australia over its push for coronavirus inquiry.

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The ‘Great Lockdown’: the global economic impact of COVID-19

The global economy has been thrown a curve ball by what some have called ‘The Great Lockdown’. COVID-19 has generated a supply shock to many economies around the world, with many businesses forced to shut down as governments try to slow the spread of the disease.

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Rutherglen winemakers use downturn to make space and be strategic, despite hardships

It has been a challenging year for many regional producers, hit not only by drought and bushfires but now dealing with the challenges presented by a pandemic. Despite restrictions, winemakers in Rutherglen are positive about what will come out of the trying times. Image: ABC

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Grants now open for NSW wineries impacted by bushfires

It has been one month since the NSW Government announced its $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package. Since then, the NSW Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) has been working directly with the NSW state government to help design funding that will specifically assist affected NSW wineries and grape growers to get back on their feet and […]

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Accolade Wines launches ‘Your Venue, Our Shout’ on-premise wine support packages

To help the Australian hospitality industry get back on its feet from the COVID-19 pandemic, Accolade Wines has launched an on-premise support package initiative to replenish venue wine stock in the first month from re-opening Accolade Wines’ Your Venue, Our Shout initiative is accessible to both existing and new customers, and available from now until […]

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Glass half full for left-handed lady of wine

Mollydooker Wines owner and CEO Sarah Marquis spent last month’s South Australian vintage in isolation as she recovered from COVID-19 and watched the company’s US distribution grind to a halt. But despite the setbacks Marquis is upbeat about the future and is using the downtime to reposition the business to grow online sales and revitalise […]

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Australian wine exports dented by coronavirus in first four months

Australian wine exports to its most valuable export market, China, are off to a bumpy start this year. Wine exports in the first four months of the year have been dented by the coronavirus pandemic, with China seeing the sharpest decline, and the future of wine trading between the two countries dogged by fears of […]

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