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Australian wine exports holding up well

In 2019–20, the average value of Australian wine exports grew to $3.89 per litre free on board (FOB), the highest level since 2004–05. However, the total value of exports decreased by one percent in value to $2.84 billion, as a result of measures to contain COVID-19. Wine Australia chief executive officer Andreas Clark said exports […]

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Grapevine research solves Chardonnay clonal mystery

The mysterious origin of Margaret River’s much-loved Gingin clone of Chardonnay has been solved in a study recently published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Gingin is the most planted clone of Chardonnay in the Margaret River wine region. It is known both for its tendency to produce loose grape bunches with […]

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No final determination of Wilyabrup as a Geographical Indication for wine

Image: Wine Australia The Geographical Indications Committee (GIC) has decided not to make a final determination of Wilyabrup as a Geographical Indication (GI). GIC presiding member Dennis Mutton said the decision was influenced by the fact that there was still no agreement on the exact boundaries or attributes of the proposed Wilyabrup region and that […]

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Gourmet Traveller Wine tries to trade out of administration

Food and wine lifestyle magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, is under scrutiny after it was announced that Cameron Gray and Anthony Elkerton of DW Advisory were appointed administrators in December, with more than $840,000 owed to the Tax Office, about $36,000 to the printing company Blue Star Web and a slew of smaller creditors including wine […]

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Overseas worker scheme in ‘limbo’ as border restrictions bite

Uncertainty surrounds the scheme which provides vital labour for Marlborough’s wine industry as contractors face potential shortages of overseas workers. While some workers were unable to get into the country due to Covid-19 restrictions, those who were in for summer had been able to stay on and fill labour shortages.

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US: New winery wastewater regulations could cost small and midsize wineries thousands every year

The California state water board is working on an update to the winery general order to provide a permitting process with water discharge requirements (WDR) that make sure wineries are in compliance with water quality regulation and allows them a pathway to compliance. The new order will affect over 2,000 wineries that discharge winery waste […]

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Canned wine sales are bursting at the seams

In less than a decade, sales of wine in cans have jumped from just $2 million in 2012 to $183.6 million over the 52-week period ending July 11. Representing nearly 1.8 million cases of wine, the past year’s sales vaulted 68 percent higher than those of the previous 52 weeks, according to Nielsen data.

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EU to change duty threshold on alcohol

European Union member states have agreed to raise the alcohol threshold for reduced excise duties in order to encourage people to switch to lighter beers. European Union member states provisionally agreed to update excise duty rules on alcohol within the EU last month. The new regulations, which are subject to further approval from the European […]

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Blog: Accelerating transformations to organic wine production

According to the 2019 UN report on the state of world biodiversity and ecosystem services, biodiversity losses are jaw-dropping in economic terms. Pollinator loss has put up to USD$577bn (AUD$811bn) of crop output at risk, while land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land.

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Bordeaux vintners look to Provence

Some of Bordeaux’s leading vintners are looking to Provence. French billionaire, vintner and hotelier Michel Reybier and his family have acquired Château La Mascaronne in the Côtes de Provence appellation from American Tom Bove.

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Blog: Why wine matters

This spring, as the coronavirus pandemic swamped the world, sales of wine in America skyrocketed. In April, San Francisco-based online retailer Wine.com was shipping 50,000 bottles a day. One theory had it that people were buying to make sure they had enough wine on hand if things got even worse.

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Pregnancy warning made compulsory on alcohol within three years

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have introduced new norms regarding alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation acknowledged it this week. Moreover, they have pushed back the deadline for multi-colored pregnancy warning tags on alcohol. These tags are now going to be imprinted in red, black and white, and will read a […]

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Australia-US looking to ramp up joint military exercises in South China Sea

Australia and the United States are set to conduct more joint military exercises in the South China Sea following Canberra’s decision to brand China’s territorial claims unlawful at the United Nations. China’s government is expected to respond to Australia’s escalation within days. State media has warned further trade strikes on beef and wine could be […]

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Aldi withdraws SA liquor licence bid

Aldi has withdrawn its applications for liquor licences at six of its stores in South Australia after the Government closed a liquor licensing loophole regarding alcohol being stocked in supermarkets. However in May the South Australian Government announced it was moving to close the loophole, after new liquor licensing categories came into effect in November […]

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Unico Zelo is colouring outside the lines

Unico Zelo – the boundary-pushing Adelaide Hills winery that brought us vermouth made from yuzu and mandarin liqueur crafted using “ugly” fruit, along with a throng of smashable wines – has gone all out and founded a new brand devoted to experimental, small-batch vino.

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North Canterbury Young Viti of the Year 2020 announced

Image: Lacey Agate After a tough day in the vineyards, Lacey Agate from Bellbird Spring became the Corteva North Young Viticulturist of the Year 2020 on July 31, following the competition held at Greystone in Waipara. Congratulations also goes to Will Bowman from Black Estate who was Runner Up. There were four contestants competing in […]

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