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News from the fire ground: The journey towards recovery

Almost 12 weeks since January’s bushfires, The Islander Estate has made huge strides in recovery and its commitment to Kangaroo Island wine is stronger than ever. The initial 6 weeks following the fire focussed on clean-up of the Estate and ensuring all areas are safe. It has lifted the spirits of the team to have […]

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Trucks keep rolling despite state and territory border closures

A number of Australian states and territories including South Australia have closed their borders in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Those working in agriculture and transport are pleased with the SA government’s decision to enable the food supply chain to continue operating.

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Can liquor outlets remain open amid moves to limit the spread of coronavirus?

The liquor industry is making its case to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus. Julie Ryan from Retail Drinks Australia, which represents all off-premise liquor outlets, said shutting the outlets would affect the whole supply chain of an industry that generated $42 billion for the economy.

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China’s appetite for Australian wine cools as outbreak saps demand

Wine sales between China and Australia have been hit hard by the pandemic, with well-known Australian winemaker Penfolds offering large discounts. This included one of the label’s well-known products, the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, for roughly A$28 (US$16.8) depending on the year, or around a 40 percent discount.

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Wine industry’s ‘privileged position’ concerns wider wine capital community

The production and processing of food and beverages is considered an “essential service” by the NZ Government. This means wine production can continue during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. But the decision has divided Marlborough, New Zealand’s wine capital.

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Social drinking at a time of social distancing

As people move their drinking and social habits to the online world, social media content & engagement that offers a sense of discovery, community and social giving will do well in today’s climate.

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How the US beverage alcohol industry is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The US alcohol industry accounts for 2.5 million jobs nationally across manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Industry stakeholders are stepping up to support their communities and to urge Congress to offer relief.

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Institute of Masters of Wine cancels 2020 exam

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of Masters of Wine has had to cancel the 2020 exam, which normally takes place in June. The test, which comprises a week of blind wine tastings and written essay-based papers in three centres – London, Sydney and Napa – will not take place at all this year, […]

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ProWine Asia (Singapore) to be postponed to March 2021

Rescheduling the trade fair was deemed necessary in the continued fight against COVID-19 and on the back of tightened border control measures and travel restrictions, total lockdown measures in some countries, tighter social distancing measures and most recently, the suspension of all events and mass gatherings announced by Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce.

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Coronavirus outbreak prompts new restrictions on alcohol sales in WA bottle shops

Alcohol sales have been restricted across Western Australia to prevent panic buying and stop excess drinking during the coronavirus outbreak, with limitations on how much bottle shops can sell to patrons introduced.

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Woolworths puts Endeavour demerger on hold

Woolworths has confirmed that with all ALH Hotels closed and uncertainty in the financial markets it has deferred the separation of Endeavour Group until the 2021 calendar year. In an update to the Australian Stock Exchange, Woolworths said it was still considering when the move would happen.

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Whitecliff Wines of New Zealand Launches in US

Whitecliff Wines, owned by one of the top, family-owned wine companies in New Zealand, is making its US debut this spring with the introduction of Whitecliff Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in select markets around the country.

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UK: Off-licences added to ‘essential’ retail list

The UK Government has added off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries, to its list of ‘essential businesses’. The newly included business format joins a list of businesses already counted as ‘essential’ and therefore able to remain open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including supermarkets, other food shops, news agencies and petrol […]

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The UK’s Wine Society suspends all orders

The Wine Society has announced that, following the prime minister’s announcement, it will stop taking new orders and all deliveries with immediate effect. CEO Steve Finlan issued a long statement on March 24 to the effect that the company was suspending all operations for the foreseeable future.

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UK’s Majestic shops to stay temporarily closed

Majestic has announced its shops are to remain temporarily closed despite the government having added off-licenses to its list of ‘essential’ businesses. The drinks retailer, which announced that it had temporarily closed its doors to the public following the UK ‘lockdown’ announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, yesterday morning confirmed its stores would […]

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Vinitaly 2020 cancelled

Vinitaly has officially announced that it will not be holding an exhibition in 2020 for the first time in its 54-year history, but will be hosting a show on 18-21 April 2021. With the pandemic still rife in Italy – particularly northern Italy where the show is based – and worsening in parts of Europe […]

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