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Business as usual: wine industry classed as ‘essential service’

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has confirmed with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) that the wine sector, along with all agricultural industries, has been classed as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuation of all vineyard and winery operations. In a statement, AGW’s chief executive, Tony Battaglene, said talks with […]

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Wine industry tax relief will save businesses, jobs and regional communities

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) is calling on the Australian Government to give Australian wine businesses a temporary break from paying the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to pay wages and suppliers and give them further hope for the future. “2020 has seen drought, fire, smoke and […]

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Australia’s hospitality sector slows down

By Samuel Squire As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more difficult to deal with, the Australian Federal Government has now enforced all non-essential businesses to close up shop in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Wine and hospitality businesses across the country are having to close their doors whilst the spread of the […]

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Another cellar door to close temporarily

South Australia’s Wynns Coonawarra Estate has decided to, amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, close its Coonawarra cellar door as of Monday, March 23. The announcement comes amid many other wine businesses closing up shop for the time being until the COVID-19 situation gets under control by global health networks. In an email announcement of […]

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Mentee application extended for WCA wine industry mentor program

At this unprecedented time there are a lot of elements that businesses and individuals are grappling with. Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has received a number of requests from individuals to be granted an extension in order to complete their applications to become a Mentee in its 2020 Wine Industry Mentor Program. WCA has announced […]

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2020 Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey coming soon

The 2020 National Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey will be launched on Monday 30 March, in which 60 wine business positions will be surveyed. In 2019, salary and benefits data covering more than 1,900 employees were collected from wine industry employers across Australia. The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) Salary Survey covers positions […]

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Grape and wine businesses welcome review of pregnancy warning proposal

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) has welcomed the decision taken by the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to request a review of the proposed pregnancy warning label designed by Food Standards Australia-New Zealand (FSANZ). “Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an issue that we take very seriously. We have publicly supported […]

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Winemakers of Rutherglen delay announcement on Winery Walkabout 2020

The Winemakers of Rutherglen – a collective of 19 wineries in north-east Victoria – have sought to delay any announcement on postponing or cancelling the upcoming 2020 Winery Walkabout festival (6 & 7 June) until after Easter. Board members met last week to discuss the popular festival that sees thousands of wine-lovers converge on Rutherglen […]

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New Brown Brothers limited edition Shiraz sending all profits to BlazeAid

As a regional family business located close to some of the bushfire disaster zones, we are aware of the devastation felt in local communities as they prepare to re-build in the years to come. Brown Family Wine Group said that they chose to support BlazeAid- a volunteer organisation that assists with rebuilding infrastructure for farming […]

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An Australian-first regional wine cellar set to open in the Barossa

Image: Dragan Radocaj Photography An Australian-first regional cellar in the Barossa wine region will open its doors to its members later this month after nine years since the project was first imagined, according to Barons of the Barossa. The Barossa Cellar (TBC) was designed to be a repository of the region’s wines and to be […]

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A new export record thanks to the 2018 vintage

Austria’s wine exports moved into previously uncharted territory in 2019: for the first time they surpassed the 180 million mark, at 185.4 million Euros (+9%), while volume rose by 20.5% to 63.6 million litres. The number of countries in Austria’s export programme increased to 102 – ten years ago in 2009 it was 64. All-time […]

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Wine industry maintains export revenue growth

The latest annual Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) reveals global demand for Australian wine showing no signs of waning in 2019 with the value of exports continuing its upward trajectory of another 4% to $2.86 billion, coupled with a 10% increase in value per litre achieved at $3.58 per litre. Though exports […]

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Top 50 announced for Aussie YGOW

Image: Andrew Scott – La Petite Mort on the Granite Belt, Queensland Young Gun of Wine (YGOW), the industry’s authority on the best young wine labels and winemakers in the country, has announced the Top 50 winemakers of 2020 – with over half named for the very first time. The Top 50 includes 17 winemakers […]

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Central Otago’s Te Kano makes bold architectural statement

Described by its owner as a “hidden treasure” nestled amongst the rugged Bannockburn landscape, the doors of Te Kano’s cellar door are now open; a place where guests can enjoy the company’s estate wines while experiencing the building’s dramatic architecture and distinctive Central Otago setting. Te Kano owner Rhonda Lloyd engaged local architects Mason & […]

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Helping Australia’s small food and beverage producers benefit during COVID-19

In a bid to help Australia’s quality food and beverage producers to stay in business through the Covid-19 crisis, ‘Toast The Locals’ a new national online marketplace, is urging as many small Australian artisan growers, makers and producers as possible, to register with them to ‘set up shop’ for free. Launched from South Australia in […]

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Feathertop Wines’ vines will remain unharvested due to smoke taint

By Struan Jones One of the Alpine Valley region’s largest wine producers, Feathertop Wines of Porepunkah, has announced it will not produce a 2020 vintage due to smoke-tainted grapes from the January bushfires. Feathertop winemaker and president of the Alpine Valleys Vignerons (AVV) Nick Toy described the decision as “heartbreaking” and a “huge blow to […]

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