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Australia’s wine sector disappointed by China’s anti-dumping tariffs on Australian wine imports

Image: Australian Grape & Wine chief executive Tony Battaglene. Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) is “deeply disappointed” that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has announced the imposition of preliminary anti-dumping tariffs on Australian bottled wine imports. The tariffs range from 107 to 212 percent and were active from Saturday 28 November 2020. This restriction […]

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Australian wines in ‘30 Best Wines in the World’

Four Australian wines have come out on top at this years’ International Wine Challenge, including the 2018 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay. The International Wine Challenge, the world’s most influential and rigorously judged wine competition, has announced its 30 best wines from around the world. Winners from fourteen countries were named the top wines having proven themselves […]

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China imposes high preliminary tariffs on Australian wine

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. David Littleproud, has expressed the Australian Government’s “extreme disappointment” in the decision of Chinese authorities to impose preliminary tariffs on Australian wine. “The fact is Australia produces amongst the least subsidised product in the world and provides the second lowest level of farm subsidies in the OECD,” the Minister […]

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New Zealand wine exports hit $2 billion

Image: New Zealand Winegrowers chair Clive Jones International demand for New Zealand wine has surged over the past decade, with total export value now reaching a record-breaking $2 billion, for the 12 months to October 2020, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. Ten years ago, New Zealand Winegrowers predicted that New Zealand wine exports would double […]

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Senior winemaker named as Katnook Estate completes transition to Accolade Wines

Accolade Wines has today named Natalie Cleghorn as senior winemaker and manager for Katnook Estate as it completed the acquisition of the Coonawarra brand. Ms Cleghorn, who has been making wines from the Coonawarra region for more than 10 years, will join one of the world’s leading teams of winemakers at Accolade Wines, becoming the […]

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Z Wine tops the 2020 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Z Wine from the Barossa Valley has won the 2020 Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge best Shiraz of Show Trophy with its 2018 Julius Shiraz and, in the 26th edition of the prestigious event, has also won the Orora Glass Trophy for the best South Australian entry. One of Australia’s most prestigious and […]

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New Zealand wine industry welcomes New Year seasonal worker border exception

Image: Misty Cove New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the Government’s announcement today that 2000 workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme will be granted access into New Zealand from January to help with harvest and pruning work during 2021 in wine and horticulture. “We are very pleased to hear the positive news today that […]

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Wine among critical Tasmanian industries to receive COVID-19 funding boost

The Tasmanian Government says it is working in partnership with the state’s agricultural businesses and industry to attract and retain an effective seasonal workforce as part of efforts to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett, said as part of the $1.9 million Agricultural Workforce Resilience Package, […]

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All the winners of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards

Image: Cath Kidman, 2020 AWIWA Viticulturist of the Year The winners of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards have been announced via a live broadcast which brought a few much-needed belly laughs this year too – thanks to the involvement of one Australia’s favourite comedians. The online-only event was broadcast live from the Langton’s […]

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Australian businesses stop exporting to China due to risk as trade tensions hit home

Amid ongoing trade tensions between Canberra and Beijing, some Australian exporters are now so scared of having their products rejected at customs they have stopped shipping to China. Leconfield wine marketer Damien White said he decided to postpone a $130,000 shipment to China out of fear it would be rejected, then had an order cancelled.

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SAWIA launches new safety resources for cellar workers

The South Australian Wine industry Association (SAWIA) has launched new safety resources for winery cellar workers, focused on moving pumps, pulling hoses and handling chemicals and additions. Part of the free Fit4Work series and complementing the safety resources previously developed for vineyard workers, the cellar work series includes illustrated guides and videos. “The wine industry […]

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ASVO announces new regional directors and changes to its board

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced changes for the 2020-21 board of directors. Brooke Howell, Yalumba, will return as president for her second year and upon accepting the appointment Howell said, “I am honoured to be elected and look forward to building on the legacy of the Society, promoting education, providing […]

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Constellation Brands NZ enters agreement with Giesen Group to sell its Riverlands Winery

New Zealand’s largest exporter of New Zealand wine to the US, Constellation Brands New Zealand, has sold its Marlborough-based Riverlands Winery to family-owned Giesen Group. One of three Constellation-owned wineries in New Zealand, the Riverlands Winery has been part of the company’s portfolio since 2006. The sale of the winery is planned to settle in […]

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Coronavirus boosts winery camaraderie

Three of Victoria’s top wineries are putting aside traditional rivalries to help each other recover from the coronavirus, using award-winning wines and food, nature, and the relatively low profile of the region as their biggest drawcards. Tahbilk, Fowles, and Mitchelton – all located in the Strathbogie Shire – have been hit hard by border closures […]

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Emerging wine markets program a boost for SA wine industry

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has announced a new export-focused project that will assist SA wine producers looking to diversify in the emerging wine markets of Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and India. The Emerging Markets Program will develop an online market intelligence resource for each country and deliver a wine education program in […]

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‘Vine and Shine Trail’ puts Queensland winemakers on the map

The Sunshine State is stamping its mark on the Australian wine industry and proving there is more to enjoy beyond its iconic beaches, with today’s launch of The Vine and Shine Trail, Queensland’s first officially recognised wine journey. The initiative connects more than 70 wineries across the state and encourages travellers to journey inland to […]

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