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Opinion: China turns the screws on Australian exports

According to an opinion column in the Australian Financial Review, the relentless domestic focus on Australia’s recovery from COVID, Beijing’s determination to ramp up the economic costs of Australia’s approach to China is impossible to ignore. From coal to barley to wine to beef to cotton, Australian exports are now at ever-increasing risk from Beijing’s […]

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Word of mouth propels Morlet Wines’ organic growth

A growing number of small producers in Margaret River are eschewing the metaphorical bright lights and long lists of varietals in favour of flying under the radar with handcrafted wines and organic vineyard practices. Tucked away just outside Cowaramup, there’s a hidden gem which has been quietly building its name as a supplier of quality […]

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Banrock Station commits to planting 100,000 native trees and shrubs every year

Banrock Station, the Australian eco-friendly wine brand from Accolade Wines, has partnered with Landcare Australia to plant 100,000 native trees and shrubs each year, starting from January 2021. Supporting biodiversity and animal habitats, clean air and water, while responding to the impacts of a changing climate and deforestation, the new initiative will see thousands of […]

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Diversity talk urges wine industry to own up to its privilege

Wine education to diploma level costs upwards of £10,000 – a number which has been used to highlight the issues involved in making the wine industry a more diverse and inclusive place. Yesterday morning’s diversity and inclusion talk via the Winetraders spoke bluntly about the ways in which the wine industry, often the preserve of […]

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Bordeaux wine shipper uses wine residues as fuel

An experiment processing grape pomace to extract ethanol is underway in Bordeaux. The experiment began in November 2019 at the logistics and bottling site at Beychac-et-Caillau, in the Bordeaux region, and in Nîmes in Southern France, two of the seven plants belonging to shipping firm Johanès Boubée.

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EU trade agreement boosts wine imports to Japan

Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union has fostered a big increase in sparkling wine imports from countries like France, Spain, and Italy. The partnership has led to a major increase in shipments of sparkling wine from countries like France, Spain, and Italy, with imports increasing year on year by around 20%.

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English wine harvest has winemakers enthusing about exceptional quality

English winemakers are now coming to the end of their harvest, which has been one of the earliest ever recorded thanks to the warm temperatures last month, and reports are that the grape quality is excellent.

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The sustainable future of alcohol producers

Across the world, a collective green movement among wine and spirits producers is in motion. From transforming carbon dioxide into vodka to creating paper-based bottles, the alcohol industry – one that depends on a healthy ecosystem – is enacting change. Australian wine brand The Hidden Sea is on a mission to remove one billion plastic […]

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Australia’s wine drinkers go local

Amid the turmoil of COVID and climate change, Australia’s wine producers are finding a silver lining in the surge of goodwill towards them from domestic consumers. The bushfire and COVID crises have provoked a strong and sustained outpouring of support for Australian wines from Australian wine drinkers, who have increased their purchase levels of domestic […]

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Coles joins Australia’s move to organic wine

Australian retailer Coles is launching an organic wine range across all of its Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor Market and Liquorland retail outlets. The organic range features wines from three Australian producers – Paxton Wines, Marron Creek and Jacob’s Creek – and is a direct response to the increasing consumer demand for sustainably-produced alcohol options, […]

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Villa Maria joins hybrid drinks movement with wine-based seltzer

Image: Stuff – Villa Maria Estate, which owns a number of wine brands, said it would launch a range of wine-based seltzers later this month, called LF Wine Seltzer. Ready to drink (RTD) beverages account for 27 per cent of alcohol sales and hold the second highest share of the category after beer, according to […]

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US wine consumption growth led by Millennials and Gen X

In the US, wine consumption growth has been by led by Millennial and Gen X drinkers, followed closely by Gen Z (21-24). However, Boomers+, who account for over a third of US regular wine drinkers have not increased their wine consumption frequency to the same extent.

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Sonoma growers expect smoke damage to cost over $150 million

Sonoma County winegrape growers are expecting to lose at least $152 million from this year’s harvest as a result of fruit damaged by wildfire smoke, a local trade group for the sector said Tuesday. A survey by Sonoma County Winegrowers estimated up to 30% of the 2020 crop was left unpicked on the vines because […]

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US winery declares climate emergency, commits to climate positive operations by 2030

Leading US wine producer Fetzer Vineyards has announced it has signed a climate emergency declaration letter that recognises the need to take definitive climate action now “to avoid irreversible changes to the planet and its inhabitants arising from the climate crisis”.

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Using analytical chemistry to put an end to corked wine

There are seven common faults that can be identified in wines, although a limited degree of some may be appreciated as “pleasant” by some consumers. These faults include oxidation (in excess), reduction, Brett (caused by Brettanomyces yeast), excess sulfur dioxide (SO2) (naturally produced during wine making and used to stabilise wines), volatile acidity, out of […]

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Punctured tanks to pilfered grapes, global wine crimes and blunders run rampant

The world’s most nefarious practitioners of winecrime are always innovating. In recent months, the bad guys of wine have raised their game, moving on from moving tankers and changing out of their wine-stealing pants, with ever-sneakier schemes to snag prized bottles, and even grapes.

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