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2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards showcase the best of WA

The 2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards have showcased the best of WA and Australian wine – seeing over 1,700 bottles of wine exhibited across 67 different classes. The Deep Woods Estate stole the show winning seven awards for their exceptional wines. Winners at the 2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards. Deep Woods Estate won seven awards including […]

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Kirrihill Wines adds Schobers Estate to its Clare Valley holdings

The renowned Schobers Estate Vineyard in South Australia’s Clare Valley has been bought by winemaker Kirrihill Wines, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review. The report said the purchase adds 65 hectares of premium vines to Kirrihill Estate’s Clare Valley holdings, adding to the business’ recent expansion. Schobers Vineyard was first planted in […]

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Outlook shows warm and dry spring likely for most of Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology will today release its 2019 Spring Outlook. This will show most of Australia is likely to experience warmer and drier than average conditions in the coming three months. The warm and dry outlook for the spring season follows warmer than average winter days for most of Australia, cool nights in many […]

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ProWein is launched, Australian wine represented well

ProWein, the world’s largest trade fair for wines and spirits, was officially opened over the weekend. German Federal Minister for Agriculture Julia Klöckner headlined the opening ceremony, saying, “wine is an important factor not only for the local and national economies, but also for culture and, just as important, for enjoying the fine things life […]

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Rural innovation to drive Australia’s prosperity

Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud that he has commissioned Ernst & Young to develop a strategic vision for the future of Australia’s rural innovation system. Tony Battaglene, WFA chief executive said Australia’s grape and wine industry has prospered from strong leadership and innovation. “Underpinning this […]

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British Columbia gets second designated wine sub-appellation: Okanagan Falls

The British Columbian government announced on 27 July that it has changed regulations so that Okanagan Falls can be recognised as a distinct wine-producing area – the province’s second sub-appellation after Golden Mile Bench, near Oliver. The changes to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation mean that wineries on the east side of the Okanagan Valley, […]

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China to host 2019 International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show

With China’s wine consumption continuing to grow the country has been chosen as the site for the 2019 International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) in November, following previous editions in London and San Francisco, the organiser Beverage Trade Network has announced. Source, The Drinks Business

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Championing Australian wine in the USA

This July, 100 influential Americans will experience Australia’s vibrant and exciting wine culture at Australia Decanted, a four-day, invitation-only symposium exploring the varieties, regions and styles of wine that make Australia’s one of the world’s most diverse and thrilling wine scenes.   Led by 13 eminent Australian winemakers, the American influencers will explore classic expressions, […]

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New CEO for NZWRC

MJ Loza has been appointed CEO of the New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre (NZWRC) Ltd in Blenheim. Loza will be at the helm as NZWRC moves from start-up phase to delivering on its mandate to carry out world-leading research on grape growing and wine production. The NZWRC is receiving $12.5m in funding from the Ministry […]

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Critical Murray Darling-Basin amendment gets green light

Photo credit: Chloe Szentpeteri   The federal government has delivered certainty to the two million people living in the Murray-Darling Basin after the senate voted to deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.   The vote to uphold the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism succeeded when the opposition joined with the government to defeat the attempt […]

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints new CMO

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has appointed a new global chief marketing officer following the departure of its former CMO Simon Marton, who has stepped down from the role after more than 20 years with the company. Marton’s role has been filled by Treasury’s former marketing chief for the Americas, Michelle Terry, who joined TWE […]

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NZ Savvy in a can doubles sales in US market

Sales of a hopped Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in a can called Gooseberry Bomb have doubled in the US for New Zealand winery Allan Scott Wines. The second version – the 2017 vintage – of the hopped canned wine have skyrocketed in the US market over the last 12 month , according to Allan Scott Wines […]

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A new start for Dr Vince O’Brien

Vince has recently left the position of General Manager of Business Development at the AWRI to start his own company. Building on an honours degree and PhD in chemical engineering and ongoing MBA studies, he has developed expertise on lean manufacturing, product and process innovation and business strategy. He has extensive experience in both industrial […]

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Walsh reappointed as AGWA chair

BRIAN WALSH has been reappointed as chair of Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) board. The announcement was made in late June by Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, confirming a three-year term from 1 July. Walsh has been the chair since AGWA was formed in 2014, starting in an acting role, […]

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New AWRI role for Mark Krstic

MARK KRSTIC has been appointed as the new business development manager at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Krstic is transitioning from within the organisation, from the role as the AWRI’s Victorian Node manager which he has held for the past five-and-a-half years. With his new role, Mark will oversee the identification and development of […]

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