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Interim determination to recognise new wine region of Wilyabrup

The Geographical Indications Committee has made an interim determination to recognise Wilyabrup as a separate geographical indication within the broader Margaret River wine region in Western Australia. The decision is open for public comment until 13 March 2020. The proposed boundaries for the new Geographical Indication (GI) of Wilyabrup can be viewed online at www.wineaustralia.com/interim-determination-wilyabrup. […]

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Pernod Ricard Winemakers achieves 100% renewable electricity

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has become the first large wine company in Australia to achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity. The commitment was achieved ahead of schedule and will ensure that all wines from the Australian wine brands Jacob’s Creek, St Hugo and Wyndham Estate will be produced using electricity from renewable sources. All of Pernod […]

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Wine brands encouraged to tap into export growth opportunities

A major investment in wine export capability over the past few years has seen hundreds of wine exporters attend Wine Australia’s Growing Wine Exports workshops in regions across Australia. The uptake in export training and use of the capability tools comes as exporters look to capitalise on increasing demand for Australian wine, created by favourable […]

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World’s first international year of plant health

The United Nations has announced that 2020 will be the International Year of Plant Heath. Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie said the theme for the year was ‘protecting plants, protecting life’ underlining the need for everyone to understand and take seriously their role in protecting Australia’s biosecurity. “Australia’s plant industries contribute $30 billion to our […]

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Australian Grape & Wine welcomes action on harmful drinking

Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (AGW) welcomed the commitment by the Federal Government to invest in support for frontline services for Australians battling alcohol and drug issues, following the release of the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS). “The release of the National Alcohol Strategy provides Australian wine businesses with some certainty about the likely shape of […]

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Glass damage on Villa Maria wine batch leads to recall

Villa Maria Estate is recalling a 2018 batch of sparkling rosé after numerous instances of glass damage on the lip of the bottles. The damage has been discovered under the screw cap on some bottles of the 750mL Villa Maria New Zealand Lightly Sparkling 2018 rosé product.

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Businesses graduate from Australia’s inaugural wine industry technology program

Just three weeks ago at the Wine Industry Impact Awards, SA Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone announced the seven companies who would go through the FOMENT Wine and Tourism Technology Accelerator. Last night, each company pitched their developments at the FOMENT graduation event, which was attended by representatives from PIRSA, winemakers, […]

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Bendbrook Wines tops Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Bendbrook Wines owner John Struik (left) and winemaker Leigh Ratzmer. Bendbrook Wines has won the 2019 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge best Shiraz of Show Trophy with its 2015 Goat Track Shiraz. Bendbrook Wines has also won the trophy for the best South Australian entry at the 25th edition of the event. This year’s event attracted […]

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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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