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18/08/2014: Find the right broker for your wine, beer and spirits
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11/08/2014: Winetitles Supplier Survey competition winner
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Winetitles Supplier Survey. Congratulations to Tertius van der Westhuizen who was the lucky winner of the CyberCool Wine Cooler.
11/08/2014: Exporting wine made easy
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11/08/2014: Speidel German-made tanks and equipment: Order now for vintage 2015
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11/08/2014: Eight ways to stay close to your wine distributor and build your brand
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11/08/2014: Introducing OPTIMUM
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Australian Wine Industry News
21/08/2014: Rules on display of wine show medals ripe for review
Gold, silver and bronze medals on wine bottles recognise achievements won at wine shows around the country and the rules governing their use are under review. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia is seeking feedback on its ‘Code of Practice for the Display of Awards’ by Thursday 30 October.
21/08/2014: South Aussie wines make a splash at Chinese wine festival
South Australian winemakers have taken top honours at an international wine festival in China. Eight winemakers from McLaren Vale shared 11 prizes in the Changli Wine Festival which attracted winemakers from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, New Zealand and China in Hebei province.
21/08/2014: NSW Wine Industry Association partners with RCA to deliver NSW Wine List Awards
Restaurant and Catering Australia (RCA) has partnered with the NSW Wine Industry Association to deliver the NSW Wine List Awards. The event is aimed at recognising licensed restaurants that excel in wine service and wine list development with a focus on showcasing local wines and supporting the NSW wine and food industries through wine list development.
21/08/2014: Treasury Wine Estates swings to full-year loss
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has swung to a full-year loss on the back of hefty asset impairment charges, but the group remains confident it is well positioned for growth despite being the subject of a $3.4bn bidding war. In the year to June 30, TWE posted a net loss after tax of $100.9m, a sharp decline on the $47.2m profit recorded in 2013.
20/08/2014: International line-up at wine industry conference
Time is running out for the early-bird rates to attend Outlook 2014: Taking Charge of Our Future – the wine industry’s major conference held every two years. More than 300 wine industry leaders from across Australia are expected in Adelaide for the two-day event to be held 1-2 October. The early-bird rate only applies to registrations sent in by today (20 August).
20/08/2014: ATO targets rorts of wine tax rebate scheme
The tax office is clamping down on winemakers after several audacious rorts of the $300 million Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate scheme, including a producer who claimed the rebate 12 times on a single sale.
20/08/2014: McLaren Vale’s Grenache gets top nod as nation’s best
McLaren Vale's Grenache wine has long been known as the jewel in the region’s crown. Now, Australia’s leading wine critic James Halliday has confirmed it. Halliday made the statement ahead of his visit to the McLaren Vale wine region for International Grenache Day on September 19.
20/08/2014: Wineries to benefit from Finlaysons seminar
Australian wine law firm Finlaysons is holding its annual Finlaysons Wine Roadshow seminar in the Barossa later this month. This year’s seminar will look at key issues for the industry including growing demand for Australian wine, the 'wine and health' debate, working with retail chains and wine taxation.
19/08/2014: Winemakers tour Hunter Valley as part of industry review
Twelve of Australia's leading family-owned wine companies have been touring the Hunter Valley the past few days to discuss the industry's future direction. Hayley Purbrick from Victorian-based Tahbilk winery says it seems the Hunter is picking up after the devastating impact of the high Australian dollar and oversupply problems.
19/08/2014: SIWC introduces elite bottle medallion for 2015 trophy winners
The Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) has introduced a revised timetable for 2015 that will offer award and trophy winners their confirmed results on or before 14 November this year. This means winners will receive an official bottle medallion displaying the competition's trademark logo and style.
19/08/2014: Beetle faces crap job in WA wine region
Holding a wine glass in one hand and swatting away flies with the other could be a thing of the past for West Australians visiting the state in spring. Hundreds of new dung beetles are being released in the tourist region to eradicate the cow pat breeding grounds of the pesky bush fly.
19/08/2014: Blog: The art of grafting grapevines
Grapegrowers from the Barossa have decided to pull or graft their vines in the lead up to spring to create a more premium, profitable and sustainable vineyard business. More than 50 growers turned up to hear McLaren Vale-based viticulturist Tony Hoare share his grafting knowledge at an information session presented by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association.
18/08/2014: Wine clinic to assess value of 1951 bottle of Grange thought to be worth almost $60,000
It may not be as infamous as the 1959 bottle that ended Barry O’Farrell’s premiership but Steve Ballas is hoping his long term investment in a vintage bottle of Grange will pay off. The father of two who bought the Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 bottle 15 years ago as a 21st birthday present for his eldest son Steve will have the drop valued at the Penfolds Re-corking Clinic tomorrow.
18/08/2014: Wine producer cuts off vines damaged by major fungal disease
A fungal disease has forced a northern NSW vigneron to pull out 25 per cent of his French-American Chambourcin vines. Bago Vineyards' Jim Mobbs says Botryosphaeria dieback is more significant as the vines age. "It's a disease of the trunks and the cordons which are the main arms that run along the wires," he says.
18/08/2014: Could China's middle class save Aussie wine?
China’s austerity measures have continued to hurt luxury imports and Australian wine is no exception – so is the middle class the answer? Just as we once rode the sheep’s back, Australia has enjoyed great economic success onboard the rampaging Chinese tiger. Australian premium wines were along for the ride. But then President Xi Jinping took on party corruption and introduced austerity measures that led to a dramatic fall in "gift giving".
18/08/2014: Blog: Celebrating 40 years of Hunter Valley winemaking
This year's vintage has been named the “vintage of the century” in the Hunter Valley and backing onto a standout 2013 vintage, there was cause for celebration at last week's Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show. Celebrating the 40th vintage of one of the country's oldest regional wine shows proved to be another good reason for the Hunter Valley to kick up its heels at the Crowne Plaza. With almost 400 locals, winemakers and out-of-town guests in attendance, more than 20 trophies were awarded to top Hunter drops.
14/08/2014: Fresh idea: Woolworths commits to fairness and honesty
Months of discussions between the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and the Woolworths Liquor Group have resulted in a set of principles to frame the commercial relationships between wine suppliers and the one of Australia’s largest wine buying groups.
14/08/2014: Could a Treasury buy-out boost the industry?
On one hand Ross Wilson, the ex-boss of Southcorp, believes the US private equity firms looking to buy Treasury Wine Estates could be just what the local industry needs. On the other, he's not a keen on foreign ownership for its icon products. ‘‘It would be sad to see an iconic Australian brand going overseas, and I think Treasury has the best wine portfolio in the world, wonderful brands, and it would be a jolly shame to see that disappear overseas.’’
14/08/2014: Wolf Blass says "split them up"
Wolf Blass, the man behind the Australian winery success story, says any new owner of Treasury Wine Estates should sell off the US operations - and quickly. Blass says it has been a “nightmare from day one’’ and has been telling the board for many years the company needed to sell the US business because it was such a drain on return on investment. He says nobody listened.
14/08/2014: No fast track to China
Darren Rathbone says other industries trying to boost their exports to China should take note of the hard work being done by Australian wine producers. He says there just isn’t a fast track. "People say ‘if we can only get 1 per cent of China drinking wine every day it will solve the world’s wine glut’. That is not understanding the Chinese culture and it’s not understanding what they are likely to do.” He says anybody hoping to massively-increase agriculture exports to China needs a reality check.
14/08/2014: Barossa investment opportunity
Barossa wine company Schild Estate is hoping to tap into growing investor interest in the wine industry. Ed Schild is looking to sell an 80 percent stake in the brand and its 50,000-case-a-year winery facilities. Mr Schild said recent deals, including April's move by Hollick family with their Coonawarra winery, made him think now was a good time to sell a majority stake in the mid-sized winery he started in the late 1990s.
14/08/2014: Old-school could be the new way
New Zealand winemakers are turning to traditional techniques to the shape new tastes and textures in their wines. At Pyramid Valley, Mike Weersing has been fermenting some of his chardonnay in giare - large clay vessels similar to the classic amphorae used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. He's initially imported these from Italy, but hopes they can be used as a template for New Zealand versions made from our own clays.
14/08/2014: Top drop from Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay's reputation for premium Syrah and Chardonnay has been reinforced with a trophy at the Spiegelau International Wine Awards. The 2013 Elephant Hill Syrah took out 'champion wine of the show', while Villa Maria's Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2013 claimed the 'champion Chardonnay' trophy. The annual wine competition drew more than 1300 entries from across New Zealand, Australia, Spain, France, Portugal and Chile.
14/08/2014: Young Sydney sommelier earns scholarship, will travel
It's a dream come true for a young hospitality star... an all expenses trip to the UK and Europe to gain experience in some of London's best restaurants and visit a selection of old world wine regions. But that is exactly what lies ahead for Alexander Kirkwood, sommelier at Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney, after he was awarded the 2014 Daniel Pontifex Scholarship.
14/08/2014: Fostering women’s leadership in wine
A South Australian viticulturist has been named on the advisory board for the first 'Women in the Vine' Global Symposium. Mary Retallack said it was "pretty exciting" to be named one of two international board members alongside Jancis Robinson. The symposium will be held next March in California and aims to connect women across all sectors of the wine industry and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring and collaboration.
14/08/2014: Hand-picking by torchlight
Snips and buckets are essential equipment for hand-picking grapes, but one Hunter winemaker has added 'fishermen's headlamps' to the list. Ace winemaker Andrew Thomas bought a big batch of the brightest headlamps he could find and decked out his picking crew in January, creating what he believes was the Hunter's first hand-picking at night. Andrew's continuing quest for what he calls the "little one-percenters that can contribute to improving quality" led him to ponder better ways of getting his Semillon grapes nice and cool for whole-bunch pressing in the winery.
14/08/2014: Do you really need to cellar wines?
Unless you are confident of your ability to pick wines with the correct attributes from the right vintages, leaving a bottle of wine for decades probably isn't a wise move. Modern wines are more drinkable, more gratifying and more rewarding when drunk young than they were say 20 years ago. And, as always, there will be times when your wine is tainted by a cork, a problem that was inherent the moment the wine was sealed. So, to cellar or not?
13/08/2014: Tribute to Maria Casella
The Australian wine industry has lost one of its matriarchs with the passing of Maria Casella, co-founder of Casella Family Brands. Maria passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 10, with her family by her side in Brisbane. “My mother was integral to the creation of Casella Family Brands and the birth of the Yellow Tail brand," says John Casella. "(She) epitomised the values of family, hard work, dedication and loyalty. These values have not only shaped our family, but are upheld within our business today."
13/08/2014: Vale Jeremy Pringle
Winemakers and journalists have expressed shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Jeremy Pringle. Campbell Mattinson, a colleague and friend, has described the wine writer as "deep thinker" who was building momentum as a leading voice in the Australian wine industry through his honest and informative writing on the Wine Will Eat Itself blog.
13/08/2014: Big winner at the Boutique Wine Awards
The Brown Magpie winery, from the Geelong region in Victoria, has collected four trophies at the 2014 Boutique Wine Awards – a remarkable achievement for their first entry into this competition. An estate-grown Pinot Noir from 2013 has reinforced the quality of this variety from the Geelong region and given the winery plenty to warble about.
13/08/2014: Trophy to honour a Victorian viticulture legend
A new trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, to highlight the achievement of the grower, or team, behind the best single-vineyard wine, will celebrate the life of a well-known Victorian viticulturist. The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence will respect the legacy of the esteemed viticulturist, by recognising and celebrating the contribution that grapegrowers and vineyard managers make to the wine-making process.
13/08/2014: Where does a school plant Shiraz vines? On the oval, of course
The Gladstone High School, in South Australia's Southern Flinders, began its viticulture program by planting the 'second oval' to Shiraz vines. Today, thanks to a partnership with the Taylors winery, the school incorporates its viticulture and winemaking program across a range of subject areas and provides valuable connections to careers in the industry.
13/08/2014: Double-barrel good news for Kiwi exports
The latest Rabobank Wine Quarterly Report offered up positive news for New Zealand wine exports on two fronts. Not only did the volume of wine exported jump, up 26.5 percent, but the value increase by more than 25 percent for the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2013. The total volume of wine exports increased from 35.8 million litres, between January and March 2013, to 45.3 million litres for the same period this year.
13/08/2014: Cigarette-style packaging laws for wine would be "extreme"
Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive, is confident packaging laws similar to those applied to cigarettes won't be introduced in New Zealand. Gregan responded bluntly to calls for the British government to make it compulsory for manufacturers to label wine bottles with health risks. "Cigarettes consumed as intended have the tendency to kill you, that's not the situation with products containing alcohol," says Gregan.
12/08/2014: Seminar searches for the sweet spot in wine
The Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology’s (ASVO) annual two-day seminar titled ‘Searching for the sweet spot – the quest for optimal yield and quality’ was held in Mildura last month. More than 200 grape and wine professionals came together to hear from Australian and international scientists they hoped could help in their search for that elusive ‘sweet spot’ in wine.
12/08/2014: Australian wine body confirms threat of Russian ban
Wine producers should "prepare themselves" to be affected by Russian trade embargoes according to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). The Authority's regulatory manager Steve Guy says the Russian market is "one we would hope to be able to grow and you can’t do that if there’s a ban on exports". One million litres of Australian wine are sent to Russia each year, a small fraction of the 678m litres Australia’s winemakers export globally.
12/08/2014: TPG's $3.1bn move for TWE sets up clash with rival KKR
Two private equity giants are set to face off in a battle for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) after TPG Capital Management matched a $3.1 billion move from KKR & Co for one of the world's biggest winemakers. A week after KKR joined forces with Rhone Capital LLC to propose a $5.20 a share offer, TWE said it received a second identical approach from a global private equity firm which requested anonymity.
12/08/2014: One more day to register for Fume Blanc tasting
Tomorrow is the last day for wine producers to register their interest in the Wine & Viticulture Journal’s forthcoming inaugural tasting of Australian-made Fume Blancs. Producers interested in submitting their wines to the tasting should email editor Sonya Logan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5.00pm (Australian Central Time) tomorrow (Wednesday 13 August).
12/08/2014: Blog: Planting healthier grapevines
Fungal trunk diseases can reduce yields and grape quality, threatening the viability of many vineyards but scientists from the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga are helping growers plant healthier vines.
11/08/2014: Limestone Coast explores soil, science and sensory profiles in new program
The Limestone Coast’s 2014-15 Regional Program will allow its four Soil Stewards to continue their studies and bring a wide range of industry experts to the region to explore the science and sensory aspects of the local wines. The Regional Program, funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), sets out the region’s priorities in research and extension with the Soil Stewardship program now entering its second year.
11/08/2014: Spray droplets map path to better protection
University of Queensland researchers have collated and mapped tens of thousands of spray droplets across grapevine canopies to help the Australian wine industry maximise coverage and reduce environmental risks associated with agricultural plant protection products and machines.
11/08/2014: Blog: Australia prepares to grow Korean wine market
Research from the University of South Australia is set to help the Australian wine industry understand the changing nature of the South Korean wine market as it enters a new era of bilateral trade relations with Australia. A free-trade agreement between Australia and South Korea (KAFTA) was announced in February and will see the current 15 per cent tariff on Australian wines removed by early 2015.
11/08/2014: Trade relations with China need to improve to capitalise on wine trade, exporters say
Trade relations with China need to improve for Australia to capitalise on lucrative wine exports, industry figures say. Western Australia's Howard Park Wines was one of two wineries visited by a delegation from the Chinese consul general in Perth. Amy Burch, who is the managing director of Howard Park Wines' parent company Burch Family Wines, said the visit was a good opportunity to highlight the challenges producers face.
8/08/2014: Australian Fume Blancs wanted
Entries are invited for the Wine & Viticulture Journal’s next tasting of Australian-made Fume Blancs. This is the first time that the Journal has tasted Fume Blancs, a term coined by the late American Robert Mondavi in the 1960s to differentiate his dry, barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc from the typically sweet, simple Californian versions of the era.
8/08/2014: Winemaker hopes website will inform consumers about supermarket giants' homebrand wines
The colourful and often creative wine labels on bottleshop shelves can easily hide their producer's identity according to NSW winemaker Sarah Collingwood. She says Coles and Woolworths have registered more than 200 brands. She compiled the list which appears on the 'who makes my wine' website by searching the Federal Government's intellectual property website for the ownership of wine trademarks.
8/08/2014: Wine industry first in Australia to access new in-stream buying technology
Thanks to The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, the Australian wine industry will be the first industry in the nation to have access to new in-stream technology that allows social media users to buy a product, enter a competition or donate to a cause – all through a simple tweet.
8/08/2014: Australia’s First Families of Wine join call to stop tax increase on wine
Australia’s First Families of Wine has added its weight to a call from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) to stop any moves to increase tax on wine. “Thanks to the generosity of Australia’s First Families of Wine, the Federation will broaden its significant work program ahead of the forthcoming federal tax review and 2015 budget,” WFA chief executive Paul Evans said.
8/08/2014: Blog: Murray Valley Winegrowers’ 2014 crush report released
This year’s winegrape harvest in the Murray Valley produced 10 per cent less fruit than last year’s vintage and suffered a drop in value of more than 20 per cent. The 2014 Wine Grape Crush survey report released yesterday confirms a harvest of 413,627 tonnes worth $129m, compared with last year’s 458,614 tonnes valued at $165m.
7/08/2014: Moving bulk wine – it’s a grey area
As in all wine producing countries there are numerous wine brokers in Australia. Their commodity is bulk wine. These are professional businesses run by seasoned experts operating within the law. A great deal of the Australian wine business in both the domestic and international markets depends upon such skilled merchants.
7/08/2014: Sydney Wine Academy to offer courses in Chinese
The Sydney Wine Academy has announced it will offer the WSET Award Level 2 in Wines and Spirits course in Chinese. This delivery will help promote wine education in the Chinese community and will be taught by Andy Chen, a WSET accredited wine educator and graduate of the Academy’s Sommelier, WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 courses.
7/08/2014: New guide puts positive spin on LEAN times ahead for Australian wineries
A guide explaining the principles and application of LEAN in the Australian wine industry will be released next month with a number of wineries eager to reap the anticipated cost, energy and time savings. Adelaide-based business and engineering consultancy 2xE is producing the guide as one of three projects to deliver in the research and development area of wine process efficiencies.
7/08/2014: Foreign ownership needed to keep local vineyards afloat
Proponents of the wine industry say recent foreign acquisitions of key vineyards across the country aren't necessarily a bad thing for the local industry. Wine Grape Growers Australia executive director Lawrie Stanford says there are many benefits from foreign investment, but there are some "caveats on the nature of that investment as well".
7/08/2014: Australian Fume Blancs wanted!
Entries are invited to the Wine & Viticulture Journal’s next tasting of Australian-made Fume Blancs. This is the first time that the Journal has tasted Fume Blancs, a term coined by the late American Robert Mondavi in the 1960s to differentiate his dry, barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc from the typically sweet, simple Californian versions of the era.
6/08/2014: Blog: Private equity looms over Australia’s wine industry
It is sometimes said that at least investors in vineyards can drink their losses. Indeed, it’s been a rocky few years for the Australian wine industry. External pressures have been challenging and much of the industry is in a deep malaise.
6/08/2014: Perfect score for Seppeltsfield
Seppeltsfield has proved it has a winning formula with its rare Para 100-year-old Tawny range. The Barossa winery received another perfect score from James Halliday for its 1914 Para 100-year-old Tawny, making it the eighth vintage in a row to be awarded top honours. "Seppeltsfield is finally getting the recognition it deserves," managing director Warren Randall said.
6/08/2014: Australian winemakers need 'more than a FTA with Japan' to build market share
A free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan won’t make a difference to wine sales unless it’s coupled with a push by the Australian wine industry to bring the focus of Japanese consumers to Australian wine. A new wave of adventurous wine consumers is challenging the establishment in Japan and Australian winemakers are well positioned to take advantage of the changing palate. But winemakers and industry-watchers are warning it won’t be easy to steal market share away from the likes of Chile and the 'Old World’ winemaking countries.
6/08/2014: Scientists use grape chemistry to forecast wine flavour
Australian researchers believe they may be able to influence a wine's flavour and aroma by manipulating the chemical make-up of grapes while still on the vine. Scientists at the University of Adelaide and Australia's national research agency CSIRO are seeking to understand how changes in the composition of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can affect flavour potential.
5/08/2014: August 2014 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The August 2014 issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker is out now and available online for all subscribers. Take some time out and join us as we discuss the latest in trellising, vineyard machinery, wine storage, bulk export and bottling and labelling.
5/08/2014: Wine Australia to host London tasting next month
Wine Australia will return to London next month for a free-pour showcase of 100 wines after hailing last year’s inaugural event a success. The body’s Inspired Tasting event will take place at Australia House on September 12 and feature labels including Cullen, Dominique Portet, Grosset, mac forbes, Ocean Eight and Bindi.
5/08/2014: KKR's latest bid for TWE could be 'good news' for wine boss
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) boss Michael Clarke might be tempted to argue that the latest bid for the winemaker does not need cellaring. Now that TWE has effectively declared itself open to potential buyers following KKR and Rhone Captial’s $3bn bid, the big countdown begins for Clarke. In order to provide its incoming chief ‘‘with some security in return for relocating to Australia from London’’ four months ago, TWE chair Paul Rayner agreed to some generous terms.
5/08/2014: Blog: Managing the impacts of birds in horticulture
There is a diverse range of options for managing pest birds. They have variable effectiveness and no single solution is applicable to all situations. Most crop damage occurs during the ripening season, which coincides with the busiest time for growers.
5/08/2014: Cowra Wine Show results announced
The results for the 2014 Cowra Wine Show were announced Friday 25 July with more than 15 trophies awarded to wineries across Australia. The trophies, along with the award for most successful exhibitor will be presented by the Hon. Ian Armstrong AM OBE and his wife at the black tie presentation dinner this Saturday 9 August, held at the Cowra Civic Centre.
4/08/2014: Blog: Wine Industry Environment Conference targets smarter business
It's going to take a lot of brainpower to build a better future in the face of not just climate change but a rapidly changing business environment as well. Which is why some of the brightest sparks in the business world will descend on Adelaide next month for the 7th Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference at the Charles Hawker Conference Centre, Waite Campus, on September 25.
4/08/2014: Canberra wine industry punches above its weight
A Canberra winery's newest vintage has been ranked by top reviewers as one of the best Australia has ever produced. The region's wines are winning praise around the world and are now on a par with Australia's finest.
4/08/2014: James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 edition out now
The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 is the number one bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2015 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring readers up-to-the-minute information.
4/08/2014: Casella Wines' Yellow Tail sangria packs a punch in the US
Americans are going wild about sangria but rather than drinking their own they are increasingly reaching for an Australian brand grown in NSW's Riverina. John Casella of Casella Wines – whose Yellow Tail wine leapt from the drawing board after the Sydney Olympics to become the biggest imported wine in the US – might have another hit on his hands with the fruity Spanish party drink.
International Wine Industry News
21/08/2014: Napa supervisors hear calls for new winery rules (US)
The ongoing debate on the pace and scale of winery development in the Napa Valley continued before the board of supervisors Tuesday, with one supervisor asking if a moratorium on winery permits is needed. Three winery projects approved by the Planning Commission in the past year have been appealed, and planning director David Morrison told supervisors he expects three more appeals to be filed.
21/08/2014: Argentine wine prices withstand crisis
The price of Argentine wines will remain stable despite the country being in the grip of an economic crisis, according to one importer. As the Argentine Peso continues to drop against the British Pound and the US dollar, consumers in those two major Argentine wine markets are unlikely to see a difference in price as the impact of recent inflation, carried for the most part by Argentine producers, finally levels out.
21/08/2014: Morrisons unveils screwcap with a green twist (UK)
Morrisons is rolling out an environmentally friendly screwcap it claims will reduce carbon footprint and make the bottle easier to recycle. The UK retailer is trialling the Green Leaf screwcap manufactured by Italian firm Enoplastic. It uses the same technology and material as a standard screwcap but contains 64 per cent less aluminium.
21/08/2014: Consumers prepared to pay more for pricier wines, report finds (US)
A study published in the Journal of Wine Economics found consumers are prepared to pay more for a bottle of wine if it’s slightly more expensive in the first place. In presenting the same wines at different prices, authors of the report Geoffrey Lewis and Tatiana Zalanb examined the bearing of what customers will pay for a wine versus its price. They were then able to gauge how customers react to the price before considering other factors.
21/08/2014: Russia considers state monopoly on wine production
Russian Parliament is considering proposals to introduce a state monopoly on the production of wine in the country. According to Oleg Nilov, a member of Parliament and one of the architects of the new initiative, the production of wine in Russia should take place only at the facilities of state-owned enterprises and enterprises where the controlling stake is owned by the state.
21/08/2014: Strong sales signal confidence in the New Zealand wine industry
Solid export value growth and continued demand for the country's wine is the summary of the year according to New Zealand Winegrowers' June year end 2014 annual report. New Zealand Winegrowers chair Steve Green said wineries took full advantage of the 2013 vintage to bounce back from the supply constraints of 2012.
20/08/2014: Students share a passion for wine
Italian and New Zealand Bragato scholarship winners Christopher Bonifacio and Ben Tombs found plenty of common ground when they met in Hawke’s Bay during their month-long tour of New Zealand's wine regions. Learning about one another’s culture is very much what the annually-awarded Bragato scholarship is about. Established 11 years ago, it fosters the link between Italy’s famed Scuola Enologica di Conegliano and the Eastern Institute of Technology’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science.
20/08/2014: Amphora brings fine wine to India
UK-based wine investment company Amphora Portfolio Management (APM) has partnered with Mumbai-based wine and spirits consultancy All Things Nice to bring fine wine to Indian investors. The joint venture plans to target 100 of the country’s top investors in its first year.
20/08/2014: Italian harvest starts early as weather improves
The Italian grape harvest is underway with grower organisations promising less quantity but more quality from the 2014 vintage. The first grapes were picked in Franciacorta in Lombardy last week, 10 days earlier than in 2013, despite variable weather in the lead-up to harvest. Sicily also started picking around the same time.
20/08/2014: 'Don’t miss the point with millennials', warns Wine Intelligence (US)
Wine Intelligence believes the millennial impact on the current US wine market has been overstated but says only those firms that cater for their future buying habits will survive. Introducing the firm's report titled 'Millennial wine drinkers in the United States', Wine Intelligence chief operating officer Richard Halstead says millennial behaviour is rewriting the rules across consumer packaged goods (CPG) categories.
20/08/2014: Whetting China’s growing appetite for fine wine
One of the offshoots of China’s economic rise has been a sharpening of the taste buds for red wine. According to industry group Vinexpo, China is the biggest consumer of wine in the world and quaffed more than 1.9 billion bottles of red wine last year, marking a 136 per cent increase on 2008.
19/08/2014: Women care less for quality than men according to survey (US)
Women care less about the quality of wine they drink and more about drinking to relax compared to men who will spend more on high quality wine and new drinking experiences according to a survey by US market research company Canadean. The survey found women in the US drink more alcohol than men, accounting for 59 per cent of consumption by volume and 15 per cent of their purchases were made with relaxation in mind.
19/08/2014: Leaked trade deal a threat to Canadian wine
The Canadian wine industry could face new restrictions within its own borders if a leaked European Union trade deal turns out to be accurate. Based on the information released in a 521-page document, an impending trade deal between Canada and the EU would restrict Canada’s domestic wine sales by limiting the number of privately run outlets selling solely domestic products.
19/08/2014: Climate change means China could be top wine producer by 2050
Warmer temperatures caused by climate change could mean southern France will no longer be able to produce high quality wine in the future which could present new wine producing opportunities for northern Europe and China in the future. A report published by Professor Gregory Jones and his coworkers compared the temperatures at 27 wine producing regions during grapegrowing seasons over 50 years and concluded the southern regions in France will likely be unsuitable for producing wine by 2050.
19/08/2014: Bordeaux crop should return to 'normal size' in 2014
Bordeaux’s upcoming winegrape harvest should see a return to normal size and has been forecast to produce around 5.6 million hectolitres, according to Chateau Bauduc owner Gavin Quinney. Last year's production was down by one third on 2012's already small crop so if predictions are accurate this year's crop should be up 50 per cent compared to last year.
19/08/2014: A weekend of wine during Auckland Wine Month
Sommeliers, connoisseurs and chefs attended the city’s newest event at the weekend which comprised two days of tastings and liquid indulgence. Wine Auckland was the flagship wine weekend of Auckland Restaurant Month and was an informative way for wine lovers to taste their way around New Zealand's wine regions and try samples of limited and new release wines.
18/08/2014: Entries open for 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Entries are open for the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Now in its 39th year, the awards are a celebration of excellence in New Zealand winemaking and is considered the country’s most prestigious wine competition.
18/08/2014: Health warnings on NZ wine not likely
New Zealand wine companies will not be forced to display cigarette-style warning labels on their wine bottles, despite it being considered by the British Government, according to New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan. Last week a group of MPs in the UK called for the British Government to make it compulsory for wine companies to label their bottles with health risks and calorie information.
18/08/2014: Hawke’s Bay viticulturists aim high
The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) is toasting the success of three graduates who have made the final five in the prestigious New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year competition. Jeffery Farrell, Brenton O’Riley and Paul Robinson will compete against two others to take out the title which will be decided at the finals in Blenheim later this month.
18/08/2014: Bordeaux producer plants 'disease resistant' vineyard (France)
Vignobles Ducourt which owns 440 ha in the Bordeaux region has planted its first 'no spray vineyard' consisting of grapes crossed with disease resistant varieties. The plantings, which took place last month, aim to offer a reduction of 80 to 100 per cent of fungicides and pesticides and follows more than a year of research by winemaker Jeremy Ducourt who believes reducing pesticide use is a moral, social and economic responsibility.
18/08/2014: Chile should go 100% organic, says local producer
The Chilean wine industry should convert its vineyards to organic practices according to New Zealand-born winemaker Grant Phelps, who produces wine in Chile. Phelps, who landed a job as chief winemaker at Viña Casas del Bosque said the nation benefitted from ideal conditions for organic viticulture and would enjoy a significant competitive advantage if all its vinous output was made with organically-grown grapes.
18/08/2014: Wine industry's challenges are no different to other sectors, says US economist
US wine economist and blogger Mike Veseth has dismissed the idea that the dynamics of the wine industry are different to the challenges faced by other business sectors. In an interview with UK wine consultant Jerry Lockspeiser, Veseth spoke about the challenges facing the global wine industry and how it could benefit from looking at how other business sectors tackle their challenges.
18/08/2014: Washington wine industry prepares for another record vintage (US)
The Washington wine industry is gearing up for another record vintage. Last year’s record of 212,000 tonnes will likely exceed 230,000 tonnes this year, according to the Northwest’s largest wine producer. Ste. Michelle Wine Estate's Kevin Corliss said the general estimate from his growers as well as others he has talked to indicate this year’s crop will be anywhere from 10 to 12 per cent higher than 2013.
14/08/2014: Production plummets in Chile
Chile’s wine production has plummeted by almost one quarter compared to last year, but experts aren’t expecting price rises as the country still has plenty of leftover wine in its tanks.
14/08/2014: Triathlon training for vintage
Most people train for endurance races, but Rob Davis, the winemaker at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, California, uses endurance races to train for the annual wine harvest. From mid-September, Davis expects to be working upwards of 18 hours-per-day. He's out in the fields tasting and picking grapes, operating cranes to weigh fruit and manning fermentation barrels. To prepare for two months of intense labor, the 60-year-old winemaker trains for triathlons.
14/08/2014: Champagne loses one of its biggest names
Nicolas Feuillatte, a socialite and entrepreneur who started the Champagne brand that bears his name, has died at 88. Born in Paris on 29 January 1926, Feuillatte turned down the chance to inherit his family business and instead moved to the US where he went on to become the largest importer of African coffee into the country. Returning to France aged 40, Feuillatte bought the 12-hectarte Domaine de Bouleuse in the Ardre Valley near Reims and embarked on a career in the Champagne business.
14/08/2014: Chianti wine origins found down a well
Archaeologists may have found the ancestor of Chianti wine in an ancient well in the Chiantishire region of Tuscany. Found in Cetamura, an ancient hilltop near Gaiole in Chianti in the province of Siena, the 105-foot-deep well yielded a bonanza of artefacts that span a period of more than 15 centuries and embrace Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilization in Tuscany. The most precious material, though, might be some 500 waterlogged grape seeds.
14/08/2014: Another big Californian harvest
With California’s wine grape vineyards on a fast track to producing what looks to be the third large crop in as many years, finding a home for uncommitted 2014 grapes could prove somewhat daunting, especially for Central Valley sellers, reports grape broker and partner Glenn Proctor, Ciatti Company, San Rafael, California. Many observers are projecting the 2014 wine grape harvest to total around four million tonnes, comparable to the record highs of the past two years.
14/08/2014: French vineyards hit hard by storms
Winegrowers from the Pyrénées to Alsace have been hit by storm damage again this year. It is the third year in a row that the vineyards of Burgundy have suffered severe storm damage and the wine regions of Loire and Entre-Deux-Mers were also stricken in 2013. On average it is estimated that a winegrower in France suffers a loss of harvest of at least 20% every four years due to a climatic event. Where the damage is severe this can mean that, not only are earnings for the year diminished, but there will also be a subsequent loss in the quantity and quality of the crop for two to three years.
14/08/2014: The living roof
It’s a warm day in the Napa Valley and the summer sun that turns the region’s plump grapes into prized Cabernet Sauvignon is beating down on the Odette Estate winery. But inside the winery’s production facility, temperatures are pleasant, with nary a whisper of air conditioning. The reason is Odette Estate’s innovative roof, which combines 8,500 square feet of planted, living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels.
13/08/2014: Four things your wine brand needs to do to win in China
Positioning and adapting a brand correctly for Chinese consumers is a complex formula, but a necessary one to apply if success was part of your brand strategy brief. Chuan Zhou offers his top four tips in this update from Wine Intelligence. Brands need to help consumers navigate choices, to reassure and resonate, and to get them to feel a sense of closeness and social superiority, according Zhou.
13/08/2014: French wine producers turn to science
Producers in southwest France have joined forces with leading scientists as they attempt to appeal to the palates of consumers across the world. The latest push from the 'Vinneo project' has been to identify the blackcurrant aroma of the Fer Servadou grape variety and the violet aroma of the Negrette variety. The work to identify primary fruit characters is being done to help convert consumers in China and the United States in particular.
12/08/2014: EU wine imports not affected by Russian sanctions
The rising political tension between the European Union and Russia and the subsequent sanctions against the country may not have an impact on EU wine imports. Last week Russian president Vladimir Putin signed off a one-year ban on certain agricultural produce from countries that have sanctioned Russia, including several European countries.
12/08/2014: Marlborough wines shine at Spiegelau International Wine Competition
Five Marlborough wineries were acknowledged with top trophies at this year's Spiegelau International Wine Competition. Saint Clair Family Estate received the champion producer of show with 90 per cent of its wines entered receiving an award. The trophies were presented at a formal dinner at the Northern Club in Auckland Friday night.
12/08/2014: WSET student numbers hit new high
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has broken a new record for student numbers in the latest academic year despite a slowdown in growth rates within China. According to figures released Friday, more than 56,000 candidates participated in a WSET examination in the academic year ending last month, representing a 16 per cent increase on the previous academic period.
12/08/2014: Amador winemakers hope impact of fire is minimal (US)
A sand fire that scorched more than 1700 hectares of vineyards in California's Amador has been contained, leaving a giant cloud of anxiety around the Sierra foothills wine country. While Amador winemakers are breathing a sigh of relief, a few lingering questions remain of long term damage to the 2014 vintage from smoke and fire retardant that was dropped on some vineyards.
12/08/2014: 'Cluster effect' crucial to a wine region's success, say researchers (France)
Winemakers in lesser known regions need more than good terroir and money to emulate famous names like Bordeaux, Champagne and Rioja argue French researchers in a new book on the 'wine cluster effect'. Valery Michaux, head of research at Neoma Business School in Reims, has co-edited the book titled 'Strategies of wine producing territories, clusters, governance and territorial brands', where the rise and fall of specific wine regions are examined.
11/08/2014: NZ bucks global trend with wine increase
New Zealand was the only major grape-producing country to see a rise in volume and value of wine exports for the first quarter of the year, according to the latest Rabobank Wine Quarterly Report. The country's wine exports were up 26.5 per cent in volume and 25.3 per cent in value compared with the same period in 2013.
11/08/2014: French wine producers turn to science for flavour
Wine cooperatives in southwest France have joined forces with leading scientists to "liberate" the flavours most prized by consumers in growing wine markets from China to the US. In a bid to bring out the fruitiness enjoyed by many new wine drinkers, the Vinneo project has been developing the blackcurrant aroma of the Fer Servadou grape variety and the violet aroma of the Negrette variety.
11/08/2014: Austria steps up sustainability push
The Austrian Winegrowers' Association has launched an online tool which allows producers to assess their sustainability practices. The project has seen the organisation work closely with a number of industry experts to set out a series of objectives across areas such as grape production, winemaking, vineyard management and socio-economic conditions.
11/08/2014: Wine industry urged to help in study on red wine quality (US)
A research project underway by Fresno State and University of California Davis viticulturists will examine the chemistry and management of red wine quality and with the harvest and crush now in full swing, they are inviting the wine industry to submit wines for analysis.
11/08/2014: On-trade loses thousands of pounds in wine sales according to consumer report (UK)
The UK on-trade is losing thousands of pounds in wine sales per day because of its inability to sell wine effectively, according to the latest Harpers Wine & Spirit report. After investigating the key consumer trends in the off-trade in an earlier report released in May, the new study puts the struggling on-trade in the limelight.
8/08/2014: NZ winemakers join forces to boost exports
Instead of trying to make an individual name on the global wine scene, 12 Kiwi winemakers have come together to promote their wine internationally. The group is called The Family of Twelve as members come from family businesses. They cover the country from Auckland to Otago and range in size and capacity from large to boutique.
8/08/2014: Grapegrowers face change
Marlborough's grapegrowing sub-regions once seen as too cool will be perfect sites for growing grapes in the future according to experts. Lincoln University senior lecturer Glen Creasy, who specialises in viticulture, said climate change meant New Zealand's grapegrowing regions including Wairau Valley were becoming warmer.
8/08/2014: Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines
Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe which is starting to push up prices. The white grape is in limited supply in its main producer markets of California, Italy and Australia where prices are increasing.
8/08/2014: Winery audit finds almost half didn't comply with use permits in 2013 (US)
An audit of 20 Napa wineries last year found eight failed to comply with their use permit by exceeding their permitted production limits or by having more visitors than they were supposed to. The results were discussed at a meeting of the Napa County Planning Commission Wednesday and sparked a debate over whether it was doing enough to ensure wineries were complying with their use permits.
8/08/2014: Wine must adapt its branding for China or face failure
Wineries that don't adapt their brands for the Chinese market – such as by having a Chinese brand name – face “immediate disadvantage” and possible failure. That's according to a new report from Wine Intelligence which states wine businesses have ignored Chinese consumer needs in their haste to get to market and are now paying the price.
7/08/2014: Entries open for NZ Sommelier of the Year Awards
There is little doubt among the experts that New Zealand wines have grown tremendously in prestige during recent decades. But have the people serving them kept pace with the momentum? That’s the question behind the 2014 New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Awards under the direction of Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
7/08/2014: Misha’s Vineyard Wines supports rising stars
Misha’s Vineyard Wines has announced the appointment of Michelle Dacombe as vineyard manager for its Lake Dunstan estate, and its sponsorship of the inaugural New Zealand Junior Sommelier of the Year.
7/08/2014: Porto Cruz opens six million litre winery (Portugal)
Porto Cruz owner La Martiniquaise has opened a state-of-the art winery and bulk storage facility near Portugal’s Douro Valley. Located in northwest Portugal in Alijo, the new facility includes a winery with an annual capacity of six million litres and a centralised bulk storage facility capable of holding 20m litres.
7/08/2014: Cork firms hail US and China data
The cork sector has hailed two new surveys it claims signal a strong preference for wines closed under natural cork in the US and China, two of the category’s major growth markets. Analysis by the Cork Quality Council of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurant Brands 2013, which was based on the 10 best-selling wines across 218 US restaurants, found 90 per cent of the featured brands used cork as their primary closure.
7/08/2014: Consumers will drink cheap wine until trade convinces them to do otherwise, warns wine consultant (UK)
The UK wine trade should stop lamenting the fact the average consumer is looking to buy cheaper wine and work harder to convince them to do otherwise, according to leading wine consultant Jerry Lockspeiser. He says the wine industry needed to “stop feeling sorry for itself” about the average price of a bottle of wine, but address the reasons why consumers are not convinced there is any point in spending more.
7/08/2014: Russia considers restricting EU wine imports in response to sanctions
Russia may restrict wine imports from the European Union in a sign that winemakers are becoming embroiled in heightened political tension between the two sides. A spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin said officials will meet later this month to consider restricting the flow of wines from the EU.
6/08/2014: NZ region ranks fourth in global wine poll
New Zealand's Marlborough was in fourth place in a USA Today poll of the world's best wine regions. USA Today, a national newspaper in the US with a circulation of about 1.8m, listed 20 wine regions online and encouraged its readers to vote for the best wine region in the world.
6/08/2014: Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand moves head office to Marlborough
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) is set to move its head office to Marlborough, the heart of the country's wine industry, later this year. SWNZ general manager Philip Manson, who is based in Auckland, will move to Blenheim in October and run the organisation out of the office at the Marlborough Research Centre.
6/08/2014: Chinese hotel chain pulls Penfolds from wine lists
InterContinental Hotels across China have pulled the Penfolds brand from its wine lists as a long-running trademark dispute lingers over the winemaker's China strategy. The move by InterContinental, which was undertaken on legal advice, could foreshadow similar actions from other hotel chains, supermarkets and online stores.
6/08/2014: Italy's Franciacorta region sees UK sales double
Sales of Franciacorta wines, produced in the Italian region of Lombardy, have doubled in volume in the UK with ramped up communications credited for raising greater awareness of its wines in key export markets. According to the Osservatorio Economico del Franciacorta (OEF), volumes of Franciacorta to the UK increased by 100.4 per cent in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.
6/08/2014: Tesco to trial word cloud wine labels (UK)
British retailer Tesco has announced plans to host a wine tasting with the aim of creating more customer-friendly and cutting-edge wine descriptors. The tasting, which will be held later this month, is the first of its kind for Tesco and will centre around 100 wines from the store’s finest range.
6/08/2014: WSTA conference to focus on engaging consumers (UK)
The Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s annual conference to be held September 17 in Westminster will focus on the role branding, innovation and digital communications in engaging with consumers in today’s wine and spirits world. A major keynote speaker from outside the trade will address the conference and there will be a panel discussion with industry and non-industry experts.
6/08/2014: Monterey moves ahead of schedule (US)
Gone are the concerning questions that plagued early 2014 regarding the drought’s potential negative impact on Monterey's winegrape crop. Local growers are gearing up for an early harvest and from their reports, it looks very promising both in quality and quantity.
5/08/2014: NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year 2014 finalists announced
It has taken six weeks in four winegrowing regions with more than 45 viticulturists applying and event organisers are now down to five regional finalists that will compete in the grand final of the Young Viticulturist of the Year 2014 competition.
5/08/2014: Fine wine auction bids to raise more than $100,000
Organisers are confident more than $100,000 will be raised for Cranford Hospice on the back of wine offerings and sponsorship support for this year's Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Charity Fine Wine Auction. Local bottling business WineWorks has signed up as the major sponsor and a high level of support from the community means the November 8 event will be largely self-funded with proceeds benefiting the charity.
5/08/2014: Central London winery denied vintages and grape names on labels (UK)
Officials have told Central London winery London Cru it isn't allowed to print grape names or vintage years on its wines. London Cru is set to launch four single varietal wines - Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera - with grapes sourced from the 2013 vintage from wineries in southern France and Italy. But the group must first rename the wines after they fell foul of rules implemented by the UK Food Standards Agency.
5/08/2014: Finger Lakes winemakers fight gas storage plan (US)
Winemakers in the Finger Lakes AVA have warned the proposed expansion of an underground gas storage facility will threaten their vineyards' rising reputation. Energy group Crestwood Midstream Partners has applied to expand its subterranean liquid petroleum gas storage facility in salt mine caverns near Seneca Lake.
5/08/2014: Burgundy negociant Bejot Vins buys rival Corton Andre (France)
Burgundy negociant Bejot Vins & Terroirs (BVT) has significantly increased its power in the region after buying rival Maison Corton Andre. A fee was not disclosed, but BVT chief executive Vincent Sauvestre said the sale was worth "tens of millions of euros". Maison Corton Andre produces wine from more than 150 ha in Burgundy, representing 90 appellations from Chablis to Pouilly-Fuisse.
5/08/2014: The future of wine packaging is positive, says Euromonitor International
The future of wine packaging is positive according to research by London-based market intelligence firm Euromonitor International. By 2018 global retail demand is set to rise by a 2 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach 29 billion units, yet it is also going through rather revealing changes.
4/08/2014: Mildew saga rumbles on (UK)
The powdery mildew onslaught continues for West London’s Clocktower Vineyard and has taken out 75 per cent of its Rondo grapes and 30 per cent of its Pinot Noir in just a few days. “It’s only some of the old vines that have been affected and in the early years of the vineyard it wasn’t a problem,” vineyard manager Tony Hibbett said.
4/08/2014: Giesen’s viticulture technician named 2014 Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year
Seven months after arriving in Marlborough Brenton O’Riley has been crowned the region’s Young Viticulturist of the Year. The 25-year-old viticulture technician for Giesen Wines had some stiff competition from other local viticulturists during Friday's day-long competition.
4/08/2014: Retailers sour on new wine shipment law (US)
Wine will flow more freely in Massachusetts as a result of a new law allowing consumers to order wines direct from out-of-state vineyards. That's good for business in the view of Frank Zoll, owner of Zoll Cellars Winery in Shrewsbury, who hopes to see the market grow for small niche brands like his own.
4/08/2014: Cornish vineyards to take part in climate change study (UK)
Wine producers in Cornwall are to benefit from a new climate change study which could help revolutionise the industry. The Exeter University research will help assess the impacts of climate change on Cornwall’s vineyards and could help local wine producers develop new techniques so they are ready to adapt to future weather patterns.
4/08/2014: Wineries expand to meet demand
Fifteen consents have been issued to Marlborough wineries with several of those expanding to meet increased demand. Marlborough District Council figures showed three resource consents and 12 building consents were issued to wineries in the region this year. In 2013, that figure was one and 11 respectively.
4/08/2014: Sixth bulk wine fair ‘most ambitious’ yet (Amsterdam)
The sixth World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) will take place in Amsterdam later this year providing sellers of bulk wines with the opportunity to present their top drops to industry buyers. Aimed primarily at wineries, buyers and dealers in the bulk wine market, the two-day event will bring together almost 200 producers from 16 countries with the chance to showcase their products to more than 4000 visitors.