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2020 fires caused $3.7 billion in losses for US wine industry

The fires of 2020 appear to have cost the wine industry $3.7 billion in losses that will be felt by wineries well into 2023. That is the estimate of former wine industry executive Jon Moramarco who owns the market research firm bw166 and is the editor of the Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates reports.

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Kiwi wines for the greater good

A new premium wine range from New Zealand has recently launched with a huge focus on sustainability. An advocate for sustainable packaging solutions, Round Theory’s uniquely-shaped glass bottles are 30% lighter, 35% shorter and made from clear glass for improved recyclability and to lower its carbon footprint, plus all cartons are made from 100% recycled […]

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Bremerton Wines opens million dollar tasting room

The award-winning and family-owned Bremerton Wines, in the Langhorne Creek wine region, has officially opened its new tasting room that sits alongside the winery’s historic 1866 barn. The $1 million investment into Bremerton Wines, established by the Willson family over 35 years ago – was built and partially designed by another local family-owned Adelaide company […]

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Man hit by own truck dies in Riverland winery workplace accident

A 61-year-old man has died in a workplace accident in the Riverland after being struck by his own truck at a winery at Loxton yesterday morning. Emergency services rushed to the winery’s loading bay on Bookpurnong Road before 8:00am but despite the efforts of the man’s co-workers and paramedics, he died on the way to […]

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‘Tariff free’ trade continues to muddy the Brexit waters

The scrapping of lab tests for EU wine heading to the UK will save the wine industry tens of millions of pounds a year. However, the new trade deal between the EU and UK has thrown up new questions around how much cross border trade in 2021 is likely to cost, with EU wine travelling […]

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Can Bordeaux and Burgundy remain benchmarks?

In the wine world today, despite the emergence of quality wine across the globe, Bordeaux and Burgundy remain benchmarks of quality. But can they remain benchmarks if their wine is so inaccessible? The problem is that for most wine lovers, including highly qualified experts, the status of these wines as benchmarks is reputational rather than […]

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Rethinking online sales for premium wineries

“In this game of pivoting, it’s a pivot for us.” That’s Ana Keller of Keller Estate Winery in Sonoma’s Petaluma Gap, describing her experience this past year with NakedWines.com, a crowd-funded online retailer that in normal circumstances wouldn’t have been a sales channel that she or her family’s winery would have explored.

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Wine after war in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Just over 25 years ago, American diplomacy helped end almost four years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II, one marked by ethnic cleansing and war crimes. For winemaker Josip Brkić, the adversity of war in his homeland means he is little fazed by a challenging growing […]

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Millennials’ time has come in the US wine category

They have been heralded as both saviours and destroyers of the US wine industry. Thanks to COVID-19, the Millennials are now calling the shots in the world’s largest and most valuable wine market. Like it or not, the large and influential Millennial cohort is now in the driving seat in the US market.

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Ag groups seek higher vaccine priority for farmworkers

Washington tree fruit industry groups joined a coalition of agricultural organisations in asking Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to place more farmworkers earlier in line for a COVID-19 vaccine in preparation for the 2021 production season.

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Growers ‘at the pointy end’ of labour shortages as government incentives fall short of industry’s needs

Shoppers are being warned to expect higher produce prices at the checkout in the coming months after government programs failed to attract enough workers to address the industry’s ongoing agricultural labour shortages.

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Poonawatta wines to cement itself with new cellar door development

According to The Advertiser, an Eden Valley winery will be home to a brand new $400,000 cellar door later this year with a focus on intimate tastings set in “an immersion in nature”.

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Tamburlaine wins gold at the China Wine Competition

Tamburlaine Organic Wines has been awarded a gold medal for its 2016 Reserve Shiraz at the China Wine Competition in Shanghai. Judged on quality, value for money and packaging, the Shiraz, made at Tamburlaine in Orange, NSW, secured a 91-point score from the judging panel. “This win recognises our efforts in not only striving to […]

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NZW reports strong UK off-trade performance

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has reported a 23% leap in off-trade value sales of New Zealand wine in the UK. Moreover, for the year ending 26 December 2020, an additional 14.4 million bottles of New Zealand wine were sold compared to the same period in 2019 (Nielsen Scantrack).

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Storage and shipping play a crucial role in DTC services

Getting bottles into the hands of consumers has always been the bread and butter of wineries, distilleries, and distributors, but in 2020, the job got a little harder. As they endured lockdowns, sanitized their work places, and upgraded their websites, producers were also forced to focus increased attention on moving their products through the last […]

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Champagne shipments expected to drop 18%

Champagne shipments are expected to fall by 18% for 2020, representing a year-end decline of around 50 million bottles – half the amount forecast earlier on last year. Although the official figures for the total number of bottles shipped during 2020 won’t be released by the Comité Champagne until next week, numbers for the 12-month […]

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