Category: Australian Wine Industry News

Finding new pathways to US consumers for Australian wine

Image: Hayden Higgins. COVID-19 restrictions have shattered the on-premise market for wine sales in the United States – Australia’s second largest export market by volume – resulting in lower total wine sales and significant revenue losses for some US wineries, according to a recent report by wine analysts at Rabobank. Over March and April 2020 […]

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Wine exporters should feel ‘cautiously optimistic’ about China

The Chinese economy is already well on the way to recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, according to industry expert Ian Ford, who says the pandemic has in fact been “a shot in the arm” for off-premise wine sales.

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Named and labelled: Adelaide artist collabs with McLaren Vale winery

Local Adelaide artist Sarah McDonald has had her original artwork featured on the label on Serafino’s new orange wine, the first of its kind to come from the winery. The McLaren Vale winery has collaborated with McDonald, who is renowned for her landscape paintings, to bring a sense of place to the wine, in hopes […]

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Australian favourite sources international grapes with new release

In what it claims is a first, Australian wine brand Pepperjack has sourced Argentinian fruit for a new Malbec that’s been added to its portfolio. Pepperjack, with its desire “to be more dynamic and innovative”, says it has expanded beyond its Barossa Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon styles by producing the Malbec with Argentinian-sourced fruit. Source: […]

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Australia’s 2020 winegrape crush: constrained quantity and high quality support value growth for the sector

The Australian winegrape crush in 2020 was 1.52 million tonnes – the equivalent of over 1 billion litres of wine, according to the National Vintage Report 2020 released today by Wine Australia. The 2020 crush was 12 percent lower than the 2019 crush, and 13% below the ten-year average of 1.75 million tonnes. It was […]

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Hybrid drinks: the next generation of beverages

Alcohol brands Lindeman’s and Squealing Pig have dived into the realm of hybrid drinks with the release of two new beverages. Millennial wine consumers are leading the conversation about wine, pushing established brands to create new paths of discovery. Today’s wine consumers are also more open-minded than ever before and are waiting for brands to […]

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Cellr to call Adelaide home

According to a report in The Advertiser, Perth-born tech start-up Cellr will receive $80,000 from the SA State Government to call Adelaide home as it attempts to cap wine fraud on a global scale. Cellr, co-founded by Chris Braine in 2016, will relocate to Lot Fourteen after being awarded the South Australian Landing Pad grant. […]

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McKellar Ridge Wines expands premium wine focus with acquisition of Point of View Vineyard

Image: Directors and Winemakers, John and Marina, at McKellar Ridge Estate McKellar Ridge Wines has announced the purchase of Point of View Vineyard at Murrumbateman in the Canberra district wine region. Aside from being renamed McKellar Ridge Estate, the vineyard will continue to maintain grape supply arrangements with existing commercial buyers. The vineyard is perched […]

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1951 Grange sells for record amount

A Melbourne buyer has just purchased a 1951 Penfolds Bin 1 Grange for over $103,000, the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of Australian wine, beating the previous record of $81,000. The record comes just two days after 246 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée Conti (DRC) – widely considered the world’s greatest […]

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The state of plant biosecurity in Australia

Image: Steve McCutcheon (Chair, Plant Health Australia) and Greg Fraser (outgoing Executive Director and CEO, Plant Health Australia). Credit: Plant Health Australia. The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from over 100 government, industry and research organisations. “2019 was challenging for agricultural […]

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First female vigneron to head up Pertaringa

Image: Richard Dolan and Bec Hardy. Bec Hardy has taken over the ownership of McLaren Vale brand Pertaringa, becoming the first female member of the Hardy family to own her own vineyard and produce her own wine. Sixth generation Hardy family member Bec took over the ownership and running of Pertaringa together with her husband […]

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Wine storage facility expands despite pandemic

A Sydney-based wine storage facility has completed expansion construction of its wine cellar, doubling its maximum wine storage capacity. In the face of the pandemic, wine storage facility, Rushcutters Wine Storage, has continued to grow and build on its long-term growth strategy. 2020 has been a challenging year for many small businesses with the wine […]

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We can have effective pregnancy warning labels without punishing Australian wine businesses

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) has announced its support of mandatory pregnancy warning labels that raise awareness about the risks of drinking during pregnancy, but not labels that unnecessarily target the more than two-thousand small wine businesses across Australia. Earlier this year the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation asked Food Standards Australia-New Zealand (FSANZ) to […]

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Winery personnel input sought for survey – with a chance to win a $250 gift card!

If your job is in an Australian or New Zealand winery, then we’d like to hear from you. The Winery Engineering Association and Winetitles Media are conducting a survey about your winery operations. By answering a few short questions, you can have a chance to WIN a $250 Visa Gift Card. The survey results will […]

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New wine label to give boost to Parkinson’s research

Image: Marty Edwards, vigneron and winemaker at Silver Lining Wines. Today marks the start of an important new chapter for an Adelaide Hills wine producer and the accomplishment of a major personal goal. It also has the opportunity to impact on the lives of many others through a commitment to donate proceeds to Parkinson’s Research. […]

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Investing for the grape and wine sector’s success

Wine Australia has released its new five-year Strategic Plan 2020–25 and its Annual Operational Plan 2020–21. “Our plans detail where we will invest for the sector’s success, for each of the country’s 65 wine regions and for all grape and wine business, whatever their size,” said Cath Oates, acting chair of Wine Australia. “They have […]

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