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China row opens export opportunities for India

India is moving to fill the Chinese vacuum for Australian resources and wine, as a free-trade agreement between Canberra and New Delhi gains momentum under a Morrison government push to unlock new markets. The Australian understands Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eyeing off greater access to Australian resources, including coal and rare earths, ahead […]

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Grape season ripe for an increased vintage

Winemakers around Victoria’s wine regions are much happier with conditions for their 2021 vintage, a year on from the aftermath of the bushfires in 2020.

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60 vintages strong: Still in the thick of it

Elder statesman of wine Tim Knappstein will this month embark on his 60th vintage, and after a lifetime observing the wine business from the inside, there’s one thing he knows for certain about the Australian wine industry. “It’s totally mad, has been for years, and only seems to be getting crazier than ever,” Tim says […]

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Australian winery claims top international trophy at major US wine competition

South Australia’s Taylors Wines was named Winery of the Year (Import) at the San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge this year. Judges crowned the Clare Valley family winemaker as the top imported winery in a competition that saw entries from more than 13 wine producing nations, including France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and the […]

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Napa County wineries dive into wildfire prevention after Glass Fire losses

The Glass Fire last fall has made wildfire prevention and protection a higher priority than project permit processing for Napa Valley Vintners, a trade group that represents over 500 wine producers and related businesses.

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E&J Gallo makes nearly three-quarters of premium us wine sold in UK

California-based E&J Gallo has revealed it produces almost three-quarters of the US wines priced at £7 and over per bottle that are sold in the UK off-trade. Citing data from Nielsen, E&J Gallo has reported “consistently strong” growth in its premium wine portfolio over the past six years.

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US: Maryland considering bill to allow beer, wine in grocery stores

Maryland lawmakers are considering the legislation during this session. It would allow grocery stores in the state to sell beer and wine. In order to qualify for a liquor license under the bill, stores would be required to meet a number of criteria, including offering “a full line of food products” from a number of […]

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The pros and cons of self-distribution for independent winemakers

Before he became a winemaker, Craig West worked in distribution at Semifreddis Bakery in Alameda, California. When he launched his wine label, Gearhead, in 2007, he already knew how to build the relationships he needed to market and sell his product.

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Top Bordeaux châteaux are going organic

A growing number of top Bordeaux châteaux are experimenting with organic and biodynamic viticulture. Sustainability evokes mixed emotions – its critics argue that the term is so vague it’s meaningless. And if it’s not meaningless, then it’s misleading. Yet any visitor to Bordeaux in 2021 would struggle to dismiss recent progress and innovations as cynical […]

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Winebow Imports welcomes Villa Maria Estate to portfolio

New Zealand producer Villa Maria Estate has partnered with the US’ Winebow Imports to become its exclusive import representative in the US. Winebow Imports will supply six ranges of Villa Maria wines this year.

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Students ditch books for first harvest in school’s vineyard

An unused back paddock has become a pathway to local employment for students east of Melbourne. Upper Yarra Secondary College, in the Yarra Valley, planted its own vineyard three years ago. On Wednesday, dozens of students ditched their textbooks and stepped out into the drizzle to take part in the school’s first harvest.

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Grape hopes for King Valley vignerons

King Valley vignerons and wineries are poised to rebound strongly from last season’s bushfire ravaged vintage that exacted the worst ever commercial losses exceeding $50 million.

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Wet summer ends just in time for grape harvest

Despite no rain in the past two weeks much of the Alpine Shire experienced its wettest February in six years, with rainfall tallies for the month the highest they’ve been since 2015 in Bright and Myrtleford.

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New Zealand startup Winely joins South Australian Landing Pad program

As vintage gets underway in South Australia, wine-tech company Winely has joined the South Australian Landing Pad program to set up shop in the wine state. Founded in 2017, the company develops sensors placed inside wine tanks that provide real-time fermentation analysis to winemakers via cloud-based software. Winely currently has three South Australian wineries using […]

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Familia Torres commits to regenerative grapegrowing to fight against climate change

Familia Torres has launched an agricultural plan to implement a regenerative agriculture model in its organic vineyards.

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Growing consumer demand for wine in China in 2021

After a 32% drop in the value of wine sold in China in 2020, the market is expected to return to 2019 levels as Chinese consumers’ wine engagement increases. Exactly one year ago on March 3rd, 2020, Wine Intelligence reported that wine volumes in China would reduce by at least 20% during 2020 that figure, […]

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