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China tariffs to squeeze jobs, production in leading SA wine regions

South Australian wineries are already looking to cut staff, reduce contracts with grape growers and cancel bottling runs in the wake of harsh tariffs that have halted wine exports to China.

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Politicians urge people to buy Australian wine in defiance of China

Politicians from various Western countries have asked consumers to buy Australian wine in order to fight back against China’s punitive tariffs on the beverage. China is the most important export market for Australian wine, and winemakers are scrambling to find new markets following Beijing’s decision to slap tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine […]

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Digital Wine Ventures revels in record November orders after acquiring industry peer

Just days after sowing up a buyout of wine industry logistics provider Wine Delivery Australia for $2.4 million, Digital Wine Ventures published an update declaring that its shipments continued their record uptrend.

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House of Arras sparkling ‘world’s best’

Tasmanian winery House of Arras’ E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has received ‘Top Sparkling Wine’ in Decanter‘s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting. The House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 was awarded an Outstanding Classification with an impressive 96 points by the fine wine judging panel, chosen above sparkling wines from around the […]

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China says current tariffs on Australian wine to last 4-9 months

China’s current tariffs on Australian wine are temporary and should end next year, according to a spokesman for the Commerce Ministry. Temporary anti-dumping tariffs normally last four months, but this can be extended to nine months, Gao Feng said at the ministry’s regular briefing Thursday.

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Amid sexual harassment scandal, elite wine group elects new board (possible paywall)

The Court of Master Sommeliers, the most elite body in American wine, has elected a new board of directors following a sexual harassment scandal in October and accusations of racism this summer. But the Court of Master Sommeliers’ new leaders don’t look so different from the old.

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ProWein 2021 cancelled

Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers of ProWein, has announced it has decided to cancel next year’s edition of the exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisers had said back in October that the 2021 show was going ahead as normal in March but would be extended to over five days on account of new health […]

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Two in three independent French winegrowers belong to an environmental scheme

“Once again, the figures illustrate how rapidly independent winegrowers are responding to environmental challenges. 69% of them are now certified or converting to organic (AB) and/or High Environmental Value (HVE) initiatives, which they pioneered”, said the independent winegrower association in a press release.

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Hungarian varieties in the spotlight

Hungary is a small player in the vast world of wine, but one that not only punches above its weight, but which offers some of the most unique wines in the world. Many winemaking countries are famous for their local, autochthonous grape varieties. Italy, for example, boasts over 500, Portugal around 250 and Greece over […]

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How bulk American wine market is bouncing back

This time last year and the US bulk wine market was in a bad way. You might expect things to look even worse after COVID-19, the largest bush fires in history in California, and the ongoing trade war with China. But according to Greg Livengood, partner of global wine broker Ciatti, the bulk market has […]

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AGW calls for a fast pivot to other markets as China export evaporates

The head of Australia’s peak wine body says export wine producers are in “a world of pain” and must work to become less reliant on China. The chief executive of Australian Grape and Wine, Tony Battaglene, said the nation’s agricultural exporters need to diversify trade relationships to avoid producers being left abandoned. He said there […]

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WA wineries ready to pivot to avoid China crisis

While the majority of Australian wine producers fret at China’s sudden imposition of wine tariffs, a planned strategy of export diversification and existing market factors has the West Australian industry well placed to emerge unscathed from the crisis.

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Wine Communicators of Australia recognises best industry communicators for 2020

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has announced the winners of the 2020 Wine Communicator Awards, with Trish Barry named as the 2020 Wine Communicator of the Year. Previous winners have included Barossa Grape & Wine Association, Max Allen, Gill Gordon-Smith, Gourmet Traveller WINE, and Jeni Port. Judges’ comments regarding the application from Trish Barry were […]

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Invivo strikes gold with Graham Norton partnership

A partnership between New Zealand wine company Invivo and British talkshow host Graham Norton has led to more than 10 million bottles of wine being sold around the world.

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Online alcohol sales surge amid pandemic (possible paywall)

Here’s a statistic you should commit to memory: As the coronavirus began spreading across the US earlier this year, total e-commerce penetration experienced 10 years of growth in just three months’ time (March — May)

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Wine Intelligence: Swedish wine drinkers may prefer to buy wine in PET than bag-in-box

In a market dominated by bag-in-box (beyond 75cl glass), 2/3rds of Swedish wine drinkers would consider buying wine in pet in the future. Insights such as this will be available in the new Wine Intelligence Sweden Wine Consumer Observatory 2021, which will be the one-stop shop for businesses selling wine in Sweden.

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