Category: Wine Industry News

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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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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Video: James Tilbrook’s reflection on Adelaide Hills bushfires

In December, 2019, the Cudlee Creek bushfire devastated many lives and livelihoods across the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Among those wine businesses hurt, was Tilbrook Estate. Journalist Samuel Squire went to visit owner, James Tilbrook at his winery and vineyard to talk about what happened on the day the fire came through his property […]

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Average value of bottled exports reaches new record

Exceptional growth in demand for Australian fine wine saw the total value of Australian wine exports grow by 3 percent to $2.91 billion in the 12 months to December 2019. Exports of higher valued wines – those above $10 per litre free on board (FOB) – reached a record value of $1.1 billion. Wine Australia […]

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New Zealand wine exports soar

In 2019, there was an 8% increase in New Zealand wine exports, with total export value now reaching a record $1.86 billion according to the nation’s winegrowers. The US continues to be the largest export market for New Zealand wine with nearly $600 million in exports. The non-stop increase in international demand could be because […]

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Wine conference opens with focus on industry outlook and diversity

The Australian wine industry comes together in Adelaide today with the opening of the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), which also incorporates the Australian Grape & Wine Outlook Conference. Today’s Outlook sessions continue a partnership established in 2016 to bring the business and technical sides of the grape and wine community together. The […]

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ACCC commences market study into winegrape industry

Winemakers may soon be under fire after concerns raised by grapegrowers have resulted in a new ACCC market study examining competition, contracting practices, transparency and risk allocation issues in the winegrape supply chain. ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh said growers have highlighted the risks associated with their contracts, with many saying there is a lack […]

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Skål! Nordic markets celebrate the diversity of Australian wine

This week kicked off with the ‘Made Our Way’ tasting in Denmark and will be followed by Australian Wine Tastings in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Together these four countries represent 11% of Australian wine exports to Europe by value. In the year ended June 2018, the value of exports to the Nordics increased by one percent to $68 million, while average […]

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Australian winemakers generate buzz in the UK and Danish wine trade

The wine trade in the United Kingdom (UK) and Denmark are embracing Australian wine with renewed enthusiasm following Wine Australia’s Off the Vine and Made Our Way tastings in London and Copenhagen. With a focus on illustrating Australia’s innovative and experimental approach to wine, the tastings featured more than 350 wines from nearly 40 producers […]

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Government to strengthen wine export regulation

WFA has been working with the Australian government for a number of months, investigating options to strengthen the wine export regulatory system to deal with potential intellectual property infringements. The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) released a consultation paper and call for industry feedback on a proposal, to develop a new Wine Export Label […]

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Regenerative farming for wine the focus for new Nuffield Scholar

Richard Leask, from McLaren Vale South Australia, has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Wine Australia to research best-practice regenerative farming systems across the wine sector. Leask’s research aims to understand how to successfully transition to regenerative farming from more chemically intensive models. He will explore the key drivers that initiated transitions, the role […]

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This time it’s not the big guns standing out at Canberra’s wine show

It’s the third day of the Canberra and Region Wine Show and the big guns have come out to play. There have been a record number of entries for the 2018 show, 330 wines are being judged in 2018, including 40 Shirazes, 40 Rieslings and 30 Chardonnays. Source, Canberra Times

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Penfolds brings recorking clinics back to Australia

Penfolds is bringing its recorking clinics back to Australia in November, with its winemakers offering ‘the ultimate wine health-checks’ on aged Penfolds wines. The clinics allow anyone with any Penfolds red wine aged 15 years or older, the opportunity to have their prized bottles opened and visually inspected, quality assessed, topped, certified, and re-capsuled, arresting […]

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Close – but no cigar: how does Chile rate as a competitor to Australia in the world wine market?

In many ways, as a wine-producing country, Chile is a lot like Australia. This makes it important to understand the Chilean wine sector, and how it rates as a competitor when it comes to global wine customers. Source, Wine Australia

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Research aims to help grapegrowers deal with climate change challenges

A research team from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) is using climate science to provide the Australian grape and wine community with information on dealing with climate change. The team has provided tools and practical management options to help the industry face the challenges of short-term climate cycles and long-term climate change. Source, Food & […]

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Treasury Wine’s Squealing Pig heads to global market

Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates will launch one of its fastest-growing local brands into the United States and United Kingdom early in 2019 to try and capitalise on a global shift by consumers into lighter, refreshing wines as the Rosè category produces strong growth. Source, Australian Financial Review

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