Category: Australian Wine Industry News

Back-to-back-to-back: SA only state growing exports

South Australia is the only state in the nation to grow its exports according to latest trade stats as trade with China continues to soar – up nearly 40 percent year-on-year. The state’s merchandise exports reached $17.7 billion in the year to March 2024, growing by 2.8%, against a nationwide decrease of 10% over the […]

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Sustainable Winegrowing Australia demonstrates how industry working together “can do better”

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia – the national sustainability program for Australian grape and wine producers – has today released its latest Impact Report, illustrating to retailers and consumers what’s involved in making sustainable wine. The report also highlights the increasing availability of wines that display the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified trust mark. This mark assures purchasers that the vineyard […]

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Accolade Wines tipped to merge with Australian Vintage or Pernod Ricard

A “tie-up” between Accolade Wines and either Australian Vintage or Pernod Ricard (ANZ) is “looking likely”, according to a report in The Australian. The publication reports that it’s now understood that “the whole investment case for Accolade Wines’ new owner, AWL – a consortium led by Bain Capital – was based on being able to […]

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Riverland Wine reaches out to government for urgent assistance

Feedback and suggestions presented by winegrape growers at last week’s town meeting at Barmera have been consolidated and a letter ’emphasising the need for urgent assistance’ sent to government. Riverland Wine says a letter summarising member feedback and suggestions has been sent to state and federal governments for their urgent attention following last week’s town […]

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Newly released 2024 Wine Industry Directory becomes pivotal data source for a challenged grape and wine sector

Long regarded as a crucial resource for wine professionals, the brand-new edition of the Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory arrives at a time when its mix of industry data, contact information and supplier listings will be relied on more than ever. Despite well-publicised setbacks – and a difficult business climate – the grape […]

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‘We need help and it’s money help’ — town meeting hears Riverland winegrape growers’ struggles

Riverland winegrape growers met with industry representatives yesterday to voice their concerns about their current challenges and come up with immediate solutions to put to government. By Meg Riley in Barmera Winegrape growers in South Australia’s Riverland have told of their struggles to pay their bills and their desperation to exit the industry altogether at […]

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Wine Tasmania extends invitation to local and interstate wine trade

Wine Tasmania says it is hosting personalised wine adventures “for both local and interstate wine trade champions of the island’s outstanding wine” throughout April and May. Wine buying professionals from across Australia are invited to apply for either the Tassie Wine Trade or National Wine Trade visitation programs, with limited places available in each. The […]

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IMPACT Conference to provide key answers to industry

Independent consultant Andre Morgenthal will be a speaker at the 2023 Wine Industry IMPACT Conference in Adelaide South Australian regions will be providing practical suggestions, ideas, and examples for wine industry operators to elevate their businesses at the upcoming 2023 Wine Industry IMPACT Conference to be held next week in Adelaide. “We urge all businesses […]

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ASVO Awards for Excellence winners revealed

Photo: John Krüger The recipients of the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology’s 2023 Awards for Excellence were announced last night at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. The Awards for Excellence are judged by a select committee of industry peers who are themselves distinguished leaders in the fields of viticulture or oenology. The Winemaker […]

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Data to transform vineyard management: Nuffield scholar

A South Australian viticulturist says farmers will one day use wearable technology to see data feeds, including AI-generated management recommendations, on their land and in real time. Nuffield Australia has just published the research of 2021 scholar Hans Loder, from Coonawarra, following his international study tour, supported by Wine Australia. Loder’s report, titled ‘Here come […]

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Australian Prosecco naming rights safe for now as EU trade deal collapses

Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell has pulled the plug on a deal with his European Union counterparts, walking away from trade talks yesterday in Osaka, Japan. Minister Farrell was due to finalise the Australia-EU free trade agreement but backed out because the EU’s latest offer on the table was ‘still not good enough’. It’s the […]

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James Halliday AM honoured with the inaugural d’Arry Osborn Award

Photo: James Halliday AM (left) and d’Arenberg chief winemaker and viticulturalist Chester Osborn d’Arenberg says it is thrilled to announce that James Halliday AM, the esteemed wine critic and author, is the recipient of the first-ever d’Arry Osborn Award, presented at the 2023 McLaren Vale Wine Show ‘Bushing Lunch’. This prestigious award has been established […]

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TWE acquires fastest-growing luxury wine brand in the United States, DAOU Vineyards

Treasury Wine Estates has today announced it is acquiring leading luxury US wine business, DAOU Vineyards, for an upfront consideration of US$900 million, plus an additional earn-out of up to US$100 million. This acquisition will transform the TWE business, cementing its position as a global luxury wine leader. Accelerating TWE’s luxury growth strategy The US […]

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Canadian buyers to tour SA’s Riverland wine region

Quebec’s government monopoly liquor board will be touring the Riverland tomorrow to learn more about how diversity and innovation are transforming the Riverland wine region and creating exciting new products for export. The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) team from Canada will meet with grapegrowers and winemakers, who will showcase the evolution of wine […]

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Trophies awarded at 2023 McLaren Vale Wine Show

Photo: 2023 Bushing Monarchs Chalk Hill Wines’ Tom Harvey and Renee Hirsch. Credit Ben Macmahon Chalk Hill Wines’ 2022 Tempranillo Grenache has been named McLaren Vale’s Best Wine of Show for 2023, seeing Winemaker Renae Hirsch and Owner Tom Harvey crowned McLaren Vale Bushing Monarchs for a second time. The trophies from the 2023 MGA […]

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Winemakers and cider producers get $10 million tourism boost

The Federal Government has provided $10 million worth of grants to wine and cider producers across the country to help attract visitors to wine regions and promote agri-tourism. The Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant Program supports cellar door operators to upgrade their infrastructure, support regional employment and increase demand for Australian wine. Minister for […]

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