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Young Gun: Alyson Tanenbaum

In the picturesque Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia lies Vinteloper, a winery kicked into gear by founder David Fowley and operated by a tight-knit group of young guns in the wine industry. This month, Vinteloper winemaker and ‘grapekeeper’ Alyson Tanenbaum sat down with journalist Samuel Squire to chat about her life in wine […]

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Victoria wins big at the Young Gun of Wine Awards 2020

The 2020 Young Gun of Wine award winners have been announced through the competition’s first-ever virtual trophy presentation. For the first time ever, YGOW hosted its trophy presentation virtually in place of its annual awards ceremony. The five trophies presented were top spot ‘Young Gun of Wine’, ‘Best New Act’ for the top newcomer, ‘Danger […]

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Public restrictions uncertainty forces wine show postponement

The 2020 Limestone Coast Wine Show will be cellared for 12 months due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic, with ongoing uncertainty surrounding public restrictions. Organisers have confirmed that they will put the event and its 20th anniversary celebrations on hold until October 2021. Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council executive officer, Ulrich […]

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Langhorne Creek’s Lake Breeze expands its hospitality with $1.8 million venue

Because there was no Langhorne Creek Wine Show in 2020 due to the virus, technically Lake Breeze is the reigning champion from 2019. Family owned and operated, Lake Breeze is home to award-winning wines including Bernoota, the sell-out Handpicked Festival and currently offers a seasonal wedding offering. Image: Victor Harbor Times

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Kiwi tourism operators buzzing again over long weekend

In Queenstown, the number of people Emma Chisholm could take on family-owned Alpine Wine Tours has almost halved due to social distancing in the company’s vans. She was keen for government input. “I think the sooner we can get to level 1, it will just make it so much better for everyone. We can go […]

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North Coast wineries fight for survival amid the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the Sonoma County wine industry like no other event since Prohibition. More than the effects of drought or wildfires. More than a lacklustre grape harvest. Even worse than President Donald Trump’s international trade wars, particularly with China, which has crushed US wine exports to that nation as the Chinese retaliated […]

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Near term prospects for the wine industry

As widely reported, the good news is that wine sales are up compared to pre-pandemic levels. But the bad news, according to the surveys conducted by Wine Intelligence, are that social drinking occasions are not going to reappear soon. When asked what they are more likely to do once pandemic restrictions are lifted, roughly 40% […]

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The price of vineyards continues to climb in France

In 2019, the number of vineyard transactions rose significantly to 9,200 (up 5% on 2018) with a total of 18,300 hectares changing hands (+9%) worth 987 million euros (+17%). In each wine region, the most prestigious appellations are driving up prices (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône growths, etc.). For the first time, prices have fallen […]

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Santa Rita appoints new winegrowing director and marketing lead

South American wine giant Santa Rita Estates has made two new appointments to its team of directors. Francisca Muñiz has been hired as corporate marketing director, while current marketing boss Jaime de la Barra as moved on to become the company’s winegrowing director. Both have moved to their new roles with immediate effect. Image: The Drinks […]

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South Africa’s wine industry will not be saved by the eased lockdown rules

South Africa’s drinks industry has been hit hard by alcohol sales bans, with wineries unable to make, sell or export products. Wines of South Africa, a not-for-profit industry organisation that promotes the export of South African wine, estimates that export revenues lost during the ban amount to ZAR1bn ($57m).

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Coronavirus prompts slump in Champagne sales

Has life under quarantine changed the way people drink? It’s certainly made to-go cocktails a part of some people’s regular routines. And it’s shifted the drinking habits of others. A new report at Reuters, however, suggests that at least one aspect of the alcohol world is in the midst of a downturn: Champagne.

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James Halliday to auction over $1,000,000 of wine from his private cellar

James Halliday, Australia’s most eminent wine critic, is selling Domaine Romanée-Conti wines from his private cellar, valued at over $1,000,000. His collection of 250 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) – widely considered the world’s greatest wine producer – will make the auction the biggest of its kind in Australian history. “As I approach […]

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Riverland Wine building membership database to strengthen the region

Riverland Wine Industry Development Council Inc. (Riverland Wine) is undertaking the ambitious task of building a database of its vast membership from the ground up, with assistance from Vinehealth Australia. This will require each of its almost 1000 members opting in voluntarily to provide Riverland Wine with their business details, which are held securely by […]

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Tumbarumba wines “hugely impress” wine’s top critic

The reviews are in and Tumbarumba wines appear to have won the heart of one of the most influential wine critics in the world. In May, Ms Robinson tasted through those 33 Tumbarumba wines – including sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, as well as other varietal wine – which represent most Tumbarumba owners, growers and […]

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Patriarch of the Zema Family, Demetrio Zema dies aged 87

It is with much sadness that the Zema family advises that Demetrio Zema passed away peacefully on Friday 29 May 2020 aged 87 years. Arriving in Coonawarra in 1959 Demetrio, the patriarch of the Zema family, was the founder and owner of Zema Estate in Coonawarra South Australia, along with his wife, Francesca, and their […]

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Free trips offered to New Zealand’s wine island

The island’s zip line company is so keen for customers, it’s willing to pay your $42 return ferry trip to the island if you book in for a zip tour. EcoZip is found in the heart of the island, on lush fertile hills where vineyards meet dense bush.

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