Category: Australian Wine Industry News

Wine Communicator of the Year award winner Katie Spain

WCA celebrates 2021 Wine Communicator Awards

2021 Wine Communicator of the Year Katie Spain   Last night saw Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) announce the winners of the 2021 Wine Communicator Awards eleven categories, including the overall Wine Communicator of the Year. The annual Wine Communicator Awards recognises outstanding contribution to, and excellence in, wine communication in all its forms. Now […]

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Australian wine exports reflect challenging year

Australian wine exports decreased by 24 per cent in value to $2.27 billion and 17% in volume to 638 million litres in the year ended September 2021, according to Wine Australia’s latest Export Report released today. Average value also declined by 9 per cent to $3.56 per litre free on board (FOB). The decline was […]

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Wine Australia thanks outgoing marketing GM Stuart Barclay

The Wine Australia Board has thanked the general manager of marketing Stuart Barclay for his instrumental role in leading Wine Australia’s global marketing strategy over the past seven years. Stuart will finish at Wine Australia in December 2021 and Brooke Beales will become acting general manager of marketing, while the recruitment process is underway. Wine […]

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WineDepot acquires 100 per cent of Kaddy

WineDepot has dramatically strengthened its position at the forefront of the digital alcoholic beverages market, announcing the acquisition of Kaddy and the merger of the two businesses to form Australia’s largest alcohol-focused cloud-based logistics and marketplace platform. WineDepot CEO Dean Taylor said that uniting with another leading innovator that strongly complements the business would substantially […]

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Wine innovation driving growth

The Australian wine industry has an enviable reputation for innovation from grape to glass. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic wine industry leader Matthew Moate saw the opportunity to leverage the knowledge and connections he’d built over 20 years in various business and industry roles to offer a consulting service for new and innovative […]

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Australia’s wine exporters find new markets amid China’s ‘economic coercion’

Australia’s wine exports to Singapore and Germany have surged as producers look to markets other than China in the face of “economic coercion” by Beijing. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said now more than ever Australian businesses need to diversify their export markets and not be overly reliant on Chinese consumers.

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TWE switches to sunshine as it announces RE100 membership

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it is joining the RE100 global renewable power initiative as part of the premium wine company’s commitment to switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2024 across its global operations. TWE’s premium wine brands, including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Pepperjack, Wynns, and Squealing Pig, will make their wines using 100% renewable […]

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TOP DOG: the hunt is on for our best winery or vineyard dog

The important working roles that dogs play in the wine sector are being recognised in a new competition, promoted by leading industry employment site Winejobs. Four-legged working companions have long held a central place in Australian and New Zealand wineries and vineyards, and now the industry’s ‘Top Dog’ is being sought. For this unique competition, […]

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WineEng 2021 shifting online due to COVID lockdowns

WineEng 2021 has been changed from a face-to-face event to an online event, due to COVID restrictions. The Winery Engineering Association’s National Conference & Exhibition had been scheduled to go ahead as a physical event at Nuriootpa in the Barossa next month, but the WEA has now shifted it to being a virtual event streaming […]

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Finest drops judged at Cowra Wine Show

Despite all the COVID confusion, dire pandemic predictions and potential local lockdowns, the 38th Cowra Wine Show (CWS) and sixth Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show (SVWS) took place last week at the Cowra Showground Pavilion. Source: Cowra Guardian

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Wines left on the vine from China have a new home at Naked

In December 2020, post the China wine tariff hike, Naked Wines made a commitment to the independent wine industry to honour all of its current contracts, continue delivering fair prices to winemakers and customers, and a $5 million recuse fund to support winemakers hit hard. The rescue campaign for the industry, called ‘Stop the Squeeze’, […]

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Wine sector rebounds with ‘unicorn’ vintage in 2021

The Australian wine sector has rebounded from two successive small vintages to produce a record crop of 2.03 million tonnes in 2021, after a season characterised by near-perfect growing and ripening conditions across most states and regions, according to the National Vintage Report 2021 released today by Wine Australia. Wine Australia general manager, corporate affairs […]

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Margaret River Wine launches sustainability program

Funding from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and City of Busselton has helped to establish a new program looking at the sustainability of the Margaret River region wine industry. Led by respected viticulture and winemaking specialist Eloise Jarvis and the Margaret River Wine Association, the region-wide Sustainability Project aims to assist wine grape growers […]

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Halliday Wine Companion announces shortlist

Halliday Wine Companion has announced the return of its annual awards. Streamed online last year, this year’s event will be held in ceremony format at Stokehouse in Melbourne on Thursday 12 August 2021. It  will also be simultaneously broadcast locally and internationally via winecompanion.com.au. Judging for the Halliday Wine Companion Awards was conducted by the […]

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Wolf Blass crowned 2021 ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ for the fourth time at prestigious global wine competition

Iconic Australian winery, Wolf Blass, has been named ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ for the fourth time by the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London. Consistently recognised as one of the most successful wineries and a recipient of more than 10,000 medals and trophies globally, Wolf Blass has another golden win to add to […]

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Increased protection for Australian wine brands

Wine Australia has launched its Export Label Image Search System (ELISS) to help Australian wine producers protect their intellectual property rights. Development of this public-facing online directory was supported by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. From today, images of labels must be provided to Wine Australia as a precursor […]

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