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Video Callout: Show us it’s business as usual

At Winetitles Media, we know the grape and wine industry doesn’t stop, it’s hard at work getting everything in order for vintage 2020. That’s why we want to show the rest of the world that COVID-19 isn’t stopping us. We are calling out to our nation’s winegrowers and producers to send us a short clip […]

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News from the fire ground: The journey towards recovery

Almost 12 weeks since January’s bushfires, The Islander Estate has made huge strides in recovery and its commitment to Kangaroo Island wine is stronger than ever. The initial 6 weeks following the fire focussed on clean-up of the Estate and ensuring all areas are safe. It has lifted the spirits of the team to have […]

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Trucks keep rolling despite state and territory border closures

A number of Australian states and territories including South Australia have closed their borders in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Those working in agriculture and transport are pleased with the SA government’s decision to enable the food supply chain to continue operating.

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Can liquor outlets remain open amid moves to limit the spread of coronavirus?

The liquor industry is making its case to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus. Julie Ryan from Retail Drinks Australia, which represents all off-premise liquor outlets, said shutting the outlets would affect the whole supply chain of an industry that generated $42 billion for the economy.

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China’s appetite for Australian wine cools as outbreak saps demand

Wine sales between China and Australia have been hit hard by the pandemic, with well-known Australian winemaker Penfolds offering large discounts. This included one of the label’s well-known products, the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, for roughly A$28 (US$16.8) depending on the year, or around a 40 percent discount.

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Wine industry’s ‘privileged position’ concerns wider wine capital community

The production and processing of food and beverages is considered an “essential service” by the NZ Government. This means wine production can continue during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. But the decision has divided Marlborough, New Zealand’s wine capital.

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Social drinking at a time of social distancing

As people move their drinking and social habits to the online world, social media content & engagement that offers a sense of discovery, community and social giving will do well in today’s climate.

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Sparkling wine emerged as most mentioned wine category among industry experts

Sparkling wine was the most discussed wine category with 33% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase among the conversations of leading wine influencers on Twitter during the second half (H2) of 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. An analysis of GlobalData’s Wine Influencer Platform, which tracks the industry experts from wine industry and their […]

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How the US beverage alcohol industry is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The US alcohol industry accounts for 2.5 million jobs nationally across manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Industry stakeholders are stepping up to support their communities and to urge Congress to offer relief.

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Mas La Plana by Familia Torres, one of the most searched-for Cabernets on Wine-searcher.com

Mas La Plana by Familia Torres (DO Penedès) was among the ten most searched-for, unblended Cabernet Sauvignons on Wine-Searcher.com in 2019. The respected search and price-comparison wine platform, which recorded 226 million searches last year, recently published its ranking of the Cabernets Sauvignon that generated the greatest consumer interest based on the number of searches. […]

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Institute of Masters of Wine cancels 2020 exam

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of Masters of Wine has had to cancel the 2020 exam, which normally takes place in June. The test, which comprises a week of blind wine tastings and written essay-based papers in three centres – London, Sydney and Napa – will not take place at all this year, […]

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ProWine Asia (Singapore) to be postponed to March 2021

Rescheduling the trade fair was deemed necessary in the continued fight against COVID-19 and on the back of tightened border control measures and travel restrictions, total lockdown measures in some countries, tighter social distancing measures and most recently, the suspension of all events and mass gatherings announced by Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce.

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Business as usual: wine industry classed as ‘essential service’

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has confirmed with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) that the wine sector, along with all agricultural industries, has been classed as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuation of all vineyard and winery operations. In a statement, AGW’s chief executive, Tony Battaglene, said talks with […]

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Coronavirus outbreak prompts new restrictions on alcohol sales in WA bottle shops

Alcohol sales have been restricted across Western Australia to prevent panic buying and stop excess drinking during the coronavirus outbreak, with limitations on how much bottle shops can sell to patrons introduced.

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Wine industry tax relief will save businesses, jobs and regional communities

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) is calling on the Australian Government to give Australian wine businesses a temporary break from paying the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to pay wages and suppliers and give them further hope for the future. “2020 has seen drought, fire, smoke and […]

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Woolworths puts Endeavour demerger on hold

Woolworths has confirmed that with all ALH Hotels closed and uncertainty in the financial markets it has deferred the separation of Endeavour Group until the 2021 calendar year. In an update to the Australian Stock Exchange, Woolworths said it was still considering when the move would happen.

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