Category: Australian Wine Industry News

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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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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Winemakers of Rutherglen delay announcement on Winery Walkabout 2020

The Winemakers of Rutherglen – a collective of 19 wineries in north-east Victoria – have sought to delay any announcement on postponing or cancelling the upcoming 2020 Winery Walkabout festival (6 & 7 June) until after Easter. Board members met last week to discuss the popular festival that sees thousands of wine-lovers converge on Rutherglen […]

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Wine industry maintains export revenue growth

The latest annual Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) reveals global demand for Australian wine showing no signs of waning in 2019 with the value of exports continuing its upward trajectory of another 4% to $2.86 billion, coupled with a 10% increase in value per litre achieved at $3.58 per litre. Though exports […]

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GAIA announced as a subsidiary of Consilium Technology

Consilium Technology has announced the launch of its subsidiary, GAIA, with Andy Clarke appointed as CEO, effective 3 February 2020. GAIA is building the digital AI infrastructure for the global agricultural economy. In a world first, GAIA achieved a continent-scale scan of Australia to locate every vine row in every vineyard. The decision to form […]

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McWilliam’s Wines appoints voluntary administrators

One of Australia’s biggest and most successful wine companies has announced it’s struggling to survive after 141 years of family ownership. McWilliam’s Wines announced it was facing an uncertain future after appointing KPMG partners Gayle Dickerson, Tim Mableson and Ryan Eagle to the job.

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Award for Granite Belt winemaker expands family legacy

Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi of Ballandean Estate on Queensland’s Granite Belt has been honoured with the prestigious Samuel Bassett Award at the Queensland Wine Awards. Leeanne is the third Puglisi family member to receive the award, which recognises a major contribution by an individual to the Queensland wine industry. “I am truly humbled by this. To stand […]

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Wine Australia invites feedback in first comprehensive stakeholder survey

Wine Australia’s first comprehensive stakeholder survey has been launched to more than 8000 people in the Australian grape and wine community. Andreas Clark, Wine Australia CEO, encouraged everyone who has been emailed the survey link this week to have their say on how their levies are spent on research, development and extension, market insights, marketing […]

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Australian wine exports continue to grow in value

The value of Australian wine exports has continued to grow in the 12 months to June 2019, increasing by 4 per cent in value to $2.86 billion. China continued to drive growth and the United States of America (USA) also made a welcome return to growth. Export volumes decreased by 6 per cent to 801 […]

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Wine conference opens with focus on industry outlook and diversity

The Australian wine industry comes together in Adelaide today with the opening of the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), which also incorporates the Australian Grape & Wine Outlook Conference. Today’s Outlook sessions continue a partnership established in 2016 to bring the business and technical sides of the grape and wine community together. The […]

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Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates

Researchers at The University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on winegrapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ yeasts during the production process has mostly been discouraged by winemakers. The study, published in Nature journal’s Scientific Reports, focusses on the effects of […]

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No 7 Healesville will help grow winemakers career through new program

Unless you’re born into the family business, there isn’t an easy way aspiring winemakers can produce their own drop.  But Andrea Davison has been given a rare opportunity to create her own range, with help from the team behind one of the Yarra Valley’s biggest venues. The family who launched Stones of the Yarra Valley […]

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Australia gains highest score in International Wine Challenge

Australian winemakers picked up 393 medals in the latest round of the International Wine Challenge (IWC). Last year it brought home 256 in total – making this year’s haul a 54% increase from last year. Of these, 22 were gold medals. Only one country, France, collected more golds this year with 23. The McGuigan Shortlist […]

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A sommelier aims for wine-list equality

When Bridget Raffal stepped into the sommelier role at Sydney’s Sixpenny, she noticed one problem – there were no women on the wine list. So she’s changing that. Female winemakers will, one day, make up half the slate. “But without doubling the size of the list, which is not feasible at a place like Sixpenny, […]

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A new era for the Brown family

Brown Brothers has changed its name to the Brown Family Wine Group. The name change took effect on 1 September. Founded by John Francis Brown in 1889 at Milawa, in north-east Victoria, the Brown Family Wine Group has evolved from a single brand to a family of brands that now includes Brown Brothers, Devil’s Corner, […]

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Finalists announced for 2018 viticulturist of the year award

Finalists for the ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year award for 2018 (from left) Colin Bell, Kerry DeGaris, and Nick Dry. The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced the finalists for its Viticulturist of the Year award for 2018. The three finalists are Colin Bell, director of AHA Viticulture in Western Australia; Kerry […]

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