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Minister warns water rules may change as traders accused of sucking farmers dry

The federal government may change the rules of the water market to prevent big-money investors from hoarding billions of litres in water rights at the expense of farmers, Water Minister David Littleproud says, following new calls from farmers for urgent action. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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The insidiousness of trunk disease

Ignore trunk disease at your peril, is the message that came from Mark Sosnowski at the recent NZW Grape Days. With the stats to back his assertion up, he highlighted how quickly a few diseased vines can turn into economic disaster if nothing is done. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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Sustained growth in exports of French wines

Exports of French wines continued to grow by value in the first half of 2019, in line with the trend observed in recent years. Revenue reached €4.5 billion, up 6% over the first six months of the year. Source: Vitisphere

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Award for Granite Belt winemaker expands family legacy

Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi of Ballandean Estate on Queensland’s Granite Belt has been honoured with the prestigious Samuel Bassett Award at the Queensland Wine Awards. Leeanne is the third Puglisi family member to receive the award, which recognises a major contribution by an individual to the Queensland wine industry. “I am truly humbled by this. To stand […]

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Treasury Wine Estate’s Barossa expansion to fuel Chinese wine boom

The world’s largest publicly listed winemaker has announced a huge investment in a leading Barossa Valley winery in South Australia. Australia-based Treasury Wine Estates told investors yesterday morning that it would spend up to $215 million at its Wolf Blass Bilyara winery site near Nuriootpa, about 70 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, over the next 24 […]

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NSW Wine Industry Association’s new board members

The NSW Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) held its annual general meeting on Tuesday 13 August, announcing strong results for the 2018/19 year and the election of a new board and committee for 2019/20. After six years as president, Orange wine region winemaker Tom Ward (pictured) has handed over the baton of president in the 191st […]

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