Category: Australian Wine Industry News

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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Croser on natural (or ‘accidental’) wines

Australian winemaker and consultant Brian Croser has only two objections against the so-called ‘natural’ wine movement, or ‘accidental’ wine movement as he prefers to call it. The first is its appropriation of the term ‘natural’, as it infers that all other wines are less than natural, and the second is its appropriation of the term […]

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Waltzing Touriga: Mediterranean grapes making it big down under

“It’s not rocket science,” says Steve Pannell. “Varieties that come from hot, dry climates are better adapted to growing in hot, dry climates.” Pannell cut his teeth making red wines for some of Australia’s biggest names and was in charge of red wine production at Hardy’s for several years. He set up his own SC […]

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Sauvignon 2019 announces programme

In January 2019 the world’s top wine experts will arrive en masse in Marlborough to attend New Zealand’s International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for New Zealand to shine the spotlight on our diverse Sauvignon Blanc offerings to leading wine producers, experts and key influencers. The event runs for three days during 28–30 […]

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China lowers VAT tax for imported wine

The Chinese government has announced that it will lower the country’s VAT tax from the current 17% to 16% for imported goods, which is expected to boost China’s wine imports, especially for countries such as Australia and Chile that have signed Free Trade Agreements with China. The new policy was announced by the State Administration […]

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Oregon Winery funds wine studies

A small liberal arts college in Willamette Valley is significantly expanding its wine-education program with the help of a $6 million gift from one of Oregon’s leading wine families. The donation from Grace and Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene is one of the largest in Linfield College’s 160-year history. Source, Wine Spectator

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