Category: Australian Wine Industry News

Celebrating wine packaging innovations at PACKWINE Forum & Expo

A unique event will bring together wine packagers and designers to showcase their latest innovations that will enhance Australian and New Zealand wine products in 2021 and beyond.   Presented by the wine industry’s leading publisher Winetitles Media, the 2021 PACKWINE Forum & Expo will feature three components: a forum to include expert industry speakers, […]

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ASVO announces Viticulturist and Winemaker of the year winners of 2020

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) last night announced the Awards for Excellence winners for 2020, naming Dr Mark Krstic as ASVO Viticulturist of the Year, and Peter Leske as ASVO Winemaker of the Year.   2020 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year   Mark Krstic is the managing director of the Australian Wine […]

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The Conversation: ‘there’s no need for panic over China’s trade threats’

China’s increasingly belligerent threats to close its markets to Australian exports have excited talk of a full-blown trade war. But let’s not panic. These threats are best understood as psychological warfare, not a statement of reality.

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Calabria Family Wines wants certainty on China (possible paywall)

The general manager of one of the biggest privately owned wine companies in Australia says he wants certainty on the China imports and tariffs issue as the group bolsters its Australian portfolio with the acquisition of three brands, including Deakin Estate. Calabria Family Wines, with an annual grape crush of 20,000 tonnes is the 14th […]

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Chinese government uses state media to confirm export suspensions as trade stoush continues

China’s government has used its own media to confirm suspensions on seven types of Australian exports including wine and coal, in a multi-billion-dollar blow. The Global Times — a Communist Party tabloid often used to send signals to other countries — confirmed what it called the ‘import suspension’ in an English-language article. This is the […]

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Australia-China trade relations remain a ‘waiting game’

By Samuel Squire It is understood that severe tariff hikes to Australian exported goods, including wine and other agricultural and mining goods, will be implemented as of today, Friday November 6. A request to apply retrospective tariffs on Australian wine, and other agricultural and mining products, was made by China’s Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA) in […]

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Australian wine imports ‘suspended’ by China

China’s Government has dramatically raised the stakes in its economic campaign against Australia, with multiple Chinese importers receiving verbal directives to stop shipments of Australian wine this week — dealing a blow to a market worth more than a billion dollars last year.

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Banrock Station launches first flat-bottled wine into UK supermarkets

Image: Garçon Wines Banrock Station, Accolade Wines’ eco-friendly brand, is releasing the first eco-friendly, flat bottle made from 100% recycled PET plastic into UK supermarkets. Collaborating with Garçon Wines to create the flat bottle product, Banrock Station’s Merlot and Chardonnay wines are now available in the UK’s Co-op stores. Banrock Station’s vision is to become […]

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Global demand is steady for Australian wine

Steady demand for Australian wine around the world has seen growth in value to all top-five export markets and a four percent increase in overall value to $2.998 billion, according to Wine Australia’s latest export report. In the 12 months ending in September 2020, the average value of Australian wine exports increased by four percent […]

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Australian wine exports to China figures point to rush before possible tariffs

Australia’s red wine exports to China have soared as the industry continues to fear Beijing will impose tariffs amid simmering trade tensions between the nations. While the Chinese wine investigations are expected to take some time – with companies including Treasury Wine Estates taking part in lengthy questionnaires as part of the probe – it […]

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Biosecurity alert: Fall armyworm

Image: A larva of the fall armyworm. Image courtesy of Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Recent detections of fall armyworm in New South Wales and its continuing spread southwards at pace have prompted the issuing of this Biosecurity Alert to raise the wine industry’s awareness of this pest. Fall armyworm is an exotic plant […]

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Work begins on national Wine Industry Code of Practice for heavy vehicles

Image: Cold Ridge. Photo courtesy of Riverland Wines. Photo by Italo Vardaro More than 1.5 million tonnes of winegrapes were crushed across Australia in 2020 and most of these were transported to wineries by heavy vehicles using public roads. With heavy vehicle use comes extensive legal obligations of drivers, wineries, grapegrowers and vineyard contractors for […]

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AWRI reacts to plagiarism claims

Australia’s wine institutions have been rocked by claims of plagiarism. Today, one of those institutions hit back. Is it plagiarism? Or a case of misunderstanding? That’s the question at the heart of a dispute involving some of Australia’s leading wine institutions.

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TWE leads change in addressing parental leave inequities

Australia’s largest wine company, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is enhancing its parental support offering as it works toward achieving 50 percent female representation in leadership roles by 2025. TWE has today announced industry-leading parental support benefits for its employees in Australia, designed to champion gender equality and inclusion. The progressive policy provides men and women […]

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Digital Wine Ventures to acquire Wine Delivery Australia

Image: WINEDEPOT CEO Dean Taylor Digital Wine Ventures (DW8) has entered into an agreement to acquire Wine Delivery Australia Pty Ltd, a South Australian based company that offers a fulfilment service to wineries that allows them to dispatch customer orders directly from their cellar doors more economically than through the mainstream carriers. The acquisition will […]

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Wineries find the direct route to consumers pays dividends in 2020

Wine sales direct to consumers (DtC) grew by seven percent in value in 2019–20, outperforming other sales channels, according to the results of Wine Australia’s Wine Direct-to-Consumer survey report 2020. Overall, wine sales via all channels declined by 3% during the same period. Across the sector, DtC sales make up an estimated 17% of the […]

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