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WineEng 2020 winery survey: automation desired, COVID-19 doesn’t affect future purchases

COVID-19 has had little effect on the purchase intentions for wine producers, while automated tasks remain a desired goal, according to a survey conducted as part of the WineEng 2020 Forum & Trade Review.

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Queensland reports a dramatic decline for vintage 2020 due to drought

By Samuel Squire The overall outlook for vintage 2020 in Queensland’s wine regions is grim, with the state’s wine industry body reporting a yield loss of over 95% state-wide. Queensland Wine Industry Association president and Sirromet Wines director of viticulture and chief winemaker, Mike Hayes, has reported that this significant crop loss is the result […]

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Report reveals Australian wine consumption is holding up but spend per bottle is down

Australia’s wine consumers are continuing to enjoy a regular glass of wine during the national coronavirus shutdown, but spending less per bottle than usual, according to a new report published today from Wine Intelligence. Based on a survey of 1,000 Australian monthly wine drinkers, as social distancing rules and a subsequent lockdown was put into […]

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Naked Wines to launch $5m support fund for winemakers disrupted by COVID-19

Naked Wines, the online wine retailer with over 500,000 customers, has announced a $5m support fund for winemakers affected by COVID-19 disruption. The fund, which is immediately available and will be deployed to purchase stock that was previously destined for channels such as restaurants, tasting rooms and traditional retail stores, is available to independent winemakers […]

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Wineflix and chill

No strangers to doing things differently, three Hunter Valley winemakers are set to enliven the lounge rooms of self-isolators over the autumn months, providing not only 18 bottles of their finest, but more than an hours-worth of entertainment in times of lockdown. Take Mike de Iuliis, David Hook and Andrew Thomas; three of the Hunter’s […]

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Five key ways to adjust wine marketing during and after COVID-19

Research also highlights that during times of stress and financial uncertainty, consumers revert to the familiar, buying into “safer” brands, meaning that marketing should focus on the core range.

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Will the real Grenache please stand up?

Grenache means different things to different people, so can it ever be pinned down and pigeonholed?

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Cellar doors and breweries opened as SA slowly eases coronavirus restrictions

Strict restrictions on the operation of wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries in South Australia amid the coronavirus pandemic have been relaxed. The tough measures, which essentially shut those businesses down, were introduced after a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Barossa Valley linked to tour groups.Tastings or the consumption of any products or produce […]

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Wine export figures positive but full COVID impact yet to come

The value of Australian wine exports continued to grow in the 12 months to 31 March 2020, but Wine Australia reports that the full impact of COVID-19 on exports is still to come. Wine Australia chief executive officer Andreas Clark said total export value increased by 3 per cent over the previous 12 months to […]

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Marlborough Mayor thanks wine industry

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett has praised the local wine industry for successfully handling the 2020 vintage under the extreme circumstances created by COVID-19. Vintage is always an intense time for our wineries with everything dependent on the weather, but this year the wineries have faced extra pressure, said the Mayor.

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Massive channel shifting continues: Off-premise and online sales surge

The spirits and wine categories continued to lead with the strongest growth rates, up 33 percent and 32 percent respectively in the week ending April 4, compared to the year prior. “No one has ever seen the kind of channel shifting we’re seeing now. It’s totally unprecedented,” Danny Brager, Nielsen’s senior vice-president, beverage alcohol practices said.

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Rare wine sales increase in China

Sales of rare wines and spirits to Chinese buyers has led to a 25% jump in Asia sales during March according to global merchant BI Fine Wine & Spirits. Buyers in the region have benefited from a stronger US dollar, which has helped drive volume buying while UK sales have also remained resilient in recent […]

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Grape yields down by up to 80pc for some SA grapegrowers but quality ‘exceptional’

Extreme heat, frost, wind, bushfires and smoke taint: this year’s vintage has been a challenging one for South Australia’s wine grapegrowers and winemakers. Summer bushfires and bad weather at each critical growth point of wine grapes have tested the industry.

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Lake Breeze Wines starts work on new $1.8m wedding venue

Despite the current closure of the winery’s cellar door and restaurant, and a freeze on most of its wine exports, Lake Breeze is continuing to employ staff and will take advantage of the quiet period to construct the new facility.

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Coronavirus: Genetic research and Covid-19

More than other nations, the New Zealand wine industry is based on millions of copies of just a few individual clones. Think about the risk this could pose in the wake of a challenge, such as climate change or a biosecurity risk, for example.

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