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Cool climate winemaker recognised as industry best

Justin Jarrett has been awarded the 2019 Graham Gregory Award in recognition of his contribution to the NSW wine industry through sustainable and organic viticulture. The award was presented to Mr Jarrett to congratulate the winemaker for his 25 years in the industry.

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The Wine Company begins distribution of Rathbone Wine Group

The Wine Company, a subsidiary of the Tahbilk group of companies, has been appointed as the exclusive east coast distributor for the Rathbone Wine Group. Rathbone Wine Group brands from across the country were added to The Wine Company east coast portfolio this month, including Yering Station and Yarrabank in the Yarra Valley, Mount Langi […]

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Ag faces ‘new normal’ in Australia-China trade

Australian agriculture needs to develop a better understanding of what is happening in China if it’s to manage its way through the ongoing Australia-China trade stoush, which is unlikely to end anytime soon. That was one of the key messages from yesterday’s Queensland Rural Press Club webinar that saw a panel of ‘China watch’ experts […]

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Grenache Shootout awards best consumer-appealing Grenache wines

Australia’s top Grenache wines have been named at the 2020 Winepilot Grenache Shootout. Zonte’s Footstep Love Symbol Grenache 2019 has been named the Grenache Shootout Wine of Show and Grenache of Show at the inaugural 2020 Grenache Shootout. Over 50 Grenache and Grenache-dominant blends were selected to compete in a search for the best Australian […]

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Why somms love wines from New Zealand

“I have a longstanding love affair with New Zealand wine,” says Aaron McManus, beverage director at Oriole Restaurant in Chicago. McManus is not alone. Sommeliers across the country will rave on as long as you’re willing to listen about the exceptional wine coming from New Zealand’s unique terroir.

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US election could shape demand for Bordeaux and Burgundy

UK fine wine and spirits merchant BI Wine & Spirits has highlighted how the result of the US election may shape demand for Bordeaux and Burgundy, currently impacted by the tariffs imposed by Trump. The result of the US election is almost certain to have a material impact on the wine market, with the expectation […]

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How has consumer behaviour in the US changed during the pandemic?

Consumer alcohol consumption in the US during COVID-19 is a reflection of demographics, risk tolerance and appetite for variety. Though retail sales indicate a surge of alcohol buying and inferred consumption increase among Americans, the reality is that the rise of alcohol consumption in the US this year comes primarily from only one-third of the […]

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How winery, vineyard owners can maximize insurance coverage after megafires

Unfortunately, wildfires have again devoured homes and businesses in Napa and Sonoma counties. If your business has sustained a fire loss, below are steps for you to take in working with your insurers to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits under any applicable insurance policies.

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No wine left behind: how Germany wants to adapt to climate change

Winegrowers are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, like hot summers or water shortages, but the warmer climate also favours certain types of cultivation. The German government’s adaptation strategy is designed to help the winegrowing sector, but to what extent does it help them in practice?

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Brand owners pivot innovation strategies during the pandemic

Despite the global economic difficulties caused by COVID-19, distillers continue to invest heavily in innovation and new product development. While innovation is often seeded in global travel retail and on-trade accounts, the decline of these channels during the pandemic means brands are strategically placing their NPD elsewhere – namely, in brick-and-mortar (B&M) off-trade and ecommerce.

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Wine industry job fair devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion launches

A new initiative aims to create more equitable hiring processes and sustainable careers in the wine business. Be the Change is billed as the first-ever virtual job fair to prioritise diversity and inclusion. The two-day event will be held December 2-3, 2020.

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Icewine Uncorked: Canada’s frozen gem

When subzero weather struck German vineyards in the late 1700s freezing winegrape crops, local winemakers thought to persevere with vintage anyway and stumbled across something rather significant. Winemakers persisted by harvesting and pressing the frozen grapes and fermenting the juice into a sweet wine they then dubbed ‘Eiswein’, which in English translates to ‘Icewine’. Moving […]

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La Niña likely to continue until at least the end of summer 2020−21

Image: Bureau of Meteorology Vineyards could be in for a rough go this vintage as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says the La Niña weather phenomenon is continuing on and will likely do so until early next year. According to the BOM, La Niña continues in the tropical Pacific. Australian and international climate models suggest […]

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Australian wine company growing export sales in the face of COVID gloom

Image: Dr Richard Hamilton While many areas of Australia’s economy are struggling under the weight of COVID, one Aussie business is pushing forward with export growth across Europe and Canada. Headquartered in McLaren Vale, Leconfield Wines is Australia’s oldest family owned winemaking business. Owned by Dr Richard Hamilton and his wife, Jette, Dr Hamilton is […]

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Aussie winemaker toasts success despite difficult year

In the heart of one of Australia’s most famous wine producing regions, the Hunter Valley, First Creek winery plays an integral role in seeing producer’s grapes processed, bottled, and shipped to tables around the world. This year, First Creek will join the China International Import Expo (CIIE) for the first time to help ensure that […]

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NZ winetech startup raises $2m

Dunedin-based tech startup Winely has closed a capital funding round of $2m to help its mission of bringing revolutionary technology to one of the world’s oldest industries. Venture capitalists from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States contributed to the seed round, which includes investors from companies such as Atlassian and Canva.

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