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Australian Women in Wine says dial is moving “far too slowly”

The recent 2024 statistics released by Wine Australia showed that nationally 16.7 per cent of women are employed in a winemaking role and 21.5 per cent of Australia’s viticulturalists are women. Both figures have virtually doubled since the same research was carried out a decade ago, however Australian Women in Wine says these numbers also indicate there is still considerable work to do as an industry to achieve gender parity.

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Warm inland growers raise concerns over push for sustainability certifications

There was concern from the crowd at the Murray Valley Winegrowers Outlook Forum about the rising pressure from wineries for growers to become Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA) certified, with questions raised around whether bulk wine production could meet these standards, and whether doing so could risk devaluing or discrediting the reputation of SWA among consumers by having the certification associated with what could be perceived as inexpensive, high-volume wines.

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Wine industry funding package announced, AGW seeking additional support

The Federal Government has announced a $3.5 million Grape and Wine Sector Long-term Viability Support Package to support the long-term viability of the grape and wine industry to respond to the oversupply of red wine. The package will fund a range of activities which aim to build demand and new markets for wine both domestically and internationally, provide better data for growers to make decisions and diversify into alternative products, and investigate competition and regulatory issues. The Federal Government has

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TWE integrates ‘Global Revenue Growth’ function within Treasury Premium Brands

TWE chief executive officer Tim Ford. Image courtesy Treasury Wine Estates Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE) today announced the integration of its Global Revenue Growth (GRG) function into the organisation’s Premium Brands (TPB) Division in a move to unlock growth opportunities for its priority premium brands, strengthen innovation, deepen engagement with consumers and customer partners and increase operating efficiencies within the Premium business. TWE’s GRG was established in 2023 under the leadership of Angus Lilley, global chief revenue growth officer,

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Australia

Back-to-back-to-back: SA only state growing exports

South Australia is the only state in the nation to grow its exports according to latest trade stats as trade with China continues to soar – up nearly 40 percent year-on-year. The state’s merchandise exports reached $17.7 billion in the year to March 2024, growing by 2.8%, against a nationwide decrease of 10% over the same period. This is the eighth consecutive month that South Australia’s export growth has outpaced the nation, and the third consecutive month as the only

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Sustainable Winegrowing Australia demonstrates how industry working together “can do better”

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia – the national sustainability program for Australian grape and wine producers – has today released its latest Impact Report, illustrating to retailers and consumers what’s involved in making sustainable wine. The report also highlights the increasing availability of wines that display the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia certified trust mark. This mark assures purchasers that the vineyard and winery have met sustainability practices, verified by an independent third-party audit. As consumers increasingly factor the environment and planet into their purchase decisions, a recent study

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Accolade Wines tipped to merge with Australian Vintage or Pernod Ricard

A “tie-up” between Accolade Wines and either Australian Vintage or Pernod Ricard (ANZ) is “looking likely”, according to a report in The Australian. The publication reports that it’s now understood that “the whole investment case for Accolade Wines’ new owner, AWL – a consortium led by Bain Capital – was based on being able to merge with either of the two candidates”. The report stated that if Accolade doesn’t buy the Australian and New Zealand assets that Pernod Ricard has

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Riverland Wine reaches out to government for urgent assistance

Feedback and suggestions presented by winegrape growers at last week’s town meeting at Barmera have been consolidated and a letter ’emphasising the need for urgent assistance’ sent to government. Riverland Wine says a letter summarising member feedback and suggestions has been sent to state and federal governments for their urgent attention following last week’s town meeting which heard winegrape growers voice their struggles to remain financially viable. More than 175 Riverland growers and industry and government representatives attended the forum

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New Zealand

Vintage report call-out ’24

We hope you’ve had a productive vintage this year, despite the hardships brought on by challenging climatic conditions and oversupply, and hope that the removal of tariffs on Australian wine to China has brightened the outlook for the year ahead.

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International

A case for new vineyard classifications in Spain

A Spanish operative group GOPAGOS has presented its case to develop new vineyard classifications in the protected designation of origins (PDOs) Montilla-Moriles, Malaga and Sierras de Malaga, and Condado de Huelva and Vino Naranja del Condado de Huelva.

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South Africa’s harvest season tested by climatic events

The 2024 harvest season in South Africa has been a journey marked by careful planning and adaptability of wine producers in the face of diverse climatic adversities and various disruptions. The 2024 season was a true test of the South African wine industry’s resilience. Despite facing diverse and demanding climatic events, from frost and heavy winter rainfall to floods and wind, the industry’s adaptability transformed the harvest into one of its “most remarkable in recent memory”, with optimal ripening tempo,

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Championing Chenin Blanc: South Africa invests in ‘adaptable’ variety

An initiative is being launched in South Africa to advance the prominence and economic viability of South African Chenin Blanc. Titled ‘Premiumisation and Value Growth of South African Chenin Blanc Wine’, the project is a collaboration between South Africa Wine, The South African Grape and Wine Research Institute (SAGWRI), Stellenbosch University, and the Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa (CBA).

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