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21/07/2014: Wine Australia audits are on the rise: Tips to stay compliant
According to the most recent Wine Australia Operational Plan, the number of Australian wineries targeted for audit has increased by 33 per cent to 400 in 2013-2014. That’s about a 1 in 4 chance of getting audited on your label integrity compliance. The auditors can cold-call or make an arranged visit, so how confident are you that your record keeping would comply?
21/07/2014: Melbourne International Wine Competition top winners showcased in New York and ProWein
The top winners from the Melbourne International Wine Competition will be invited to participate at no additional charge in the New York International Wine Competition Press/Trade Showcase. The annual event will be held in the fall of 2014 in the heart of New York across from the world famous Rockefeller Centre at the 3 West Club.
21/07/2014: World’s No 1 course in sustainable agriculture to be held in Coonawarra, SA: Learn cutting-edge farming strategies
Knowledge is power, and in any business enterprise, education confers the power to be profitable. There is now a whole new technology available, which can ensure both increased profitability and improved sustainability in agriculture.
21/07/2014: A new Siprem Press for quicker extraction and processing
Siprem displayed their new ‘Hybrid’ pneumatic press at the Simei Exhibition in Milan late last year and ABEVE are now pleased to offer this innovation for the Australian wine industry. The design of the ‘Hybrid’ press was drawn from Siprem’s experience and knowledge of manufacturing both pneumatic and vacuum presses over the past 25 years.
Australian Wine Industry News
22/07/2014: Blog: Sweet success for Morris of Rutherglen
An Australian wine producer has achieved global recognition after winning the 'fortified wine of the year' award at the highly competitive International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2014. Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Tokay from Morris of Rutherglen won the award after achieving gold in stages one and two of the competition, which is renowned for being one of the world’s finest and most meticulously-judged wine shows.
22/07/2014: James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge entries close Friday
Wineries across Australia have until Friday 25 July to enter this year’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. In the short two year history of the challenge, 960 wines from 350 wineries representing 60 different Australian regions have been judged, with 95 points or higher awarded to 40 Chardonnays to date.
22/07/2014: Wolf Blass stifles knock-off brand
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has successfully challenged a Chinese company's bid to trademark a wine brand that was a clear imitation of its Wolf Blass imprint. Guorong Xu sought to register the Kensington brand featuring the perched eagle logo and TWE director of group corporate affairs Roger Sharp said it was "a fairly direct and blatant rip-off of the Wolf Blass eagle".
22/07/2014: It's all in a name at Peter Drayton Wines
Wine is more than just a passion or tradition for some people - it's in their blood, and that is certainly the case with Hunter businessman Peter Drayton. While he has maintained a share in the Ironbark Hill vineyard on Hermitage Rd for the past 14 years, the majority of his time and energy has been spent growing and managing his successful construction company Drayton Constructions.
21/07/2014: WFA’s Action Agenda: What does it mean for individual wineries?
Finlaysons’ Wine Roadshow XXII in August will focus on WFA’s Action Agenda. The theme is to distil the WFA Actions down to the individual winery level. In December 2013 WFA released its “Actions for industry profitability 2014 – 2016” with a view to returning Australia’s wine sector to growth in both domestic and export markets.
21/07/2014: Entries extended for NSW Small Winemakers Show 2014
Entries have been extended for the 23rd NSW Small Winemakers Show 2014. They will now close on Tuesday 29 July. Judging will commence on 25 August and conclude on 27 August at the Forbes Youth & Community Centre. The show is open to all NSW and ACT wine producers that crush a maximum of 500 tonnes annually.
21/07/2014: Blog: Biomass power plant promises bright future for Mildura
Grape skins will help drive a $174 million biomass power plant near Mildura on the Murray River in northern Victoria. The proposed renewable energy plant has moved a step closer to reality with rezoning approval from State Planning Minister Matthew Guy.
21/07/2014: TWE to target US$39bn global travel and duty free alcohol sector
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has kicked off an expansion into the US$39bn (AU$41.5bn) global travel retail market to ensure its wines aren't left out of the rush by other international luxury brands such as Chanel, Swarovski, Prada and Gucci, vying for shelf space at the world's newest and most ritziest airports, duty-free shops and cruise liners.
18/07/2014: Coonawarra wineries plan promotional tour of China
Grapegrowers in South Australia’s Coonawarra region have grand plans to take their wine to China. Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated marketing manager Renee Harrison says producers will sell the region’s story and connect with new distributors through a China road show and have received $70,000 in funding.
18/07/2014: Accolade Wines begins on-premise push
Accolade Wines has announced a new distribution partnership with Red + White that will see its premium portfolio make a push into the on-premise channel. Commencing 1 August, the new arrangement will see Red + White responsible for the distribution of Accolade brands including Arras, Bay of Fires, Eddystone Point, Hardys, Yarra Burn and Leasignham into on-premise venues.
18/07/2014: USQ welcomes funding boost for irrigation research
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) researchers are about to embark on a new stage of research into water and energy use efficiency on Queensland farms. USQ’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) has welcomed $89,190 in funding which will be used to develop and promote technologies to assist irrigators with scheduling and water management.
18/07/2014: Blog: Sustainable winemaking - what does it mean and how does it benefit consumers?
Organic, natural, biodynamic, eco-friendly, new age – whatever label it comes with, wines made in accordance with sustainable practices are currently on the ascent and consumer appetite is steadily growing. Naked Wines’ call centre constantly fields questions from customers regarding organic, vegan, vegetarian and biodynamic wines.
18/07/2014: Farmoz changes to new global brand name, Adama
Farmoz has officially commenced trading under new global brand Adama. The roll out is part of a staged branding program where more than 40 companies will move to a single brand under the Adama name. The transition process is expected to take 18 months as each entity introduces the new brand to its stakeholders.
18/07/2014: Spot the locals: Aussie brands make top 10 list of biggest global wine brands
Leading European drinks trade magazine The Drinks Business recently published a list of the 10 biggest global wine brands by volume of sales. Four of the top 10 have solid supply bases in the Riverland, Sunraysia and the Riverina.
17/07/2014: International grapevine trunk disease workshop comes to Australia
Grapegrowers and winemakers will have the opportunity to learn the latest information and practical management options for grapevine trunk disease at the 9th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases (9IWGTD). Sponsored by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), the workshop will be held in Australia for the first time and will showcase the Australian wine industry’s pro-active methods for trunk disease management.
17/07/2014: ASVO to host annual Mildura seminar this month
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology will host the annual Mildura seminar from 24-25 July at the Mildura Arts Centre. The scene will be set by David Lowe who will tell the audience why targeting this sweet spot is critical to the success of the Australian wine industry.
17/07/2014: Wine prices – do expert quality ratings matter?
Consumers who use expert wine reviews to inform their purchase decisions are more likely to choose better wine than those who rely on price as an indicator of quality, according to research. The study, 'Wine prices and quality ratings: a meta-regression analysis', by Professor Eddie Oczkowski at the CSU School of Accounting and Finance and the Institute for Land Water and Society, and Professor Chris Doucouliagos from Deakin University, aimed to establish whether there is a strong empirical relationship between a wine's price and its quality.
17/07/2014: Blog: Spirit of the Swan – 180 years of winemaking in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers' Association has commissioned well-known author and journalist Mike Zekulich to write a book capturing the spirit of Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley. The book will be launched by Premier of Western Australia The Hon. Colin Barnett at a function on Thursday 31 July at Houghton Winery.
16/07/2014: Wine ads the right vintage
Penfolds has a well-established reputation as one of Australia’s premium winemakers. A study by The Newspaper Works looks at two ads for Penfolds wines – one from the winemaker itself, and the other from retailer Dan Murphy’s.
16/07/2014: Cellar doors and cover-crop research at the top of Queensland’s agenda
Improving the cellar door experience for consumers and the financial returns for wineries are key focus points for the Queensland Regional Program in 2014–15. Former Queensland Wine Industry Association (QWIA) president Jim Barnes said workshops and finding ways to adapt and apply existing research results for Queensland’s climate and environment will form a large part of the rogram, funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).
16/07/2014: Tasmanian Wine List Award finalists announced
Finalists in the inaugural Tasmanian Wine List of the Year competition have been selected and voting is now invited from members of the public. In 2014 Wine Tasmania and the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) partnered on a new award to recognise Tasmanian businesses supporting the local wine sector as part of the THA’s annual Awards for Excellence.
16/07/2014: Blog: Australia’s wine drinking habits revealed in largest wine census
Leading online wine retailer Vinomofo has today revealed the nation’s grape-drinking habits through its inaugural 2014 Wine Census, the largest of its kind in Australia. The Great Vinomofo Wine Census 2014 surveyed more than 5000 wine drinkers on their drinking habits.
15/07/2014: Vineyard research helps crack the pepper puzzle
Groundbreaking vineyard research is helping provide Australian grapegrowers and researchers with a new level of understanding and potential control of the development of rotundone in Shiraz. The Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) sensory and flavour research manager Leigh Francis summarised recent research at the Shiraz Symposium held in Melbourne, which was funded as part of the AGWA R&D Regional Program for Greater Victoria.
15/07/2014: Blog: Rise in average value of Australian wine exports driven by premium wine
The average value of wine exports continued to rise in the year ended June 2014, driven by an increase in exports of premium Australian wines in key markets, according to the latest Wine Export Approval Report June 2014, released today by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).
15/07/2014: Fight against grapevine trunk diseases intensifies
Researchers from SA and NSW are taking the battle to prevent and protect vines against grapevine trunk diseases to a new level, with a project seeking to give growers more targeted and timely management options.
15/07/2014: Carbon clock is ticking for young farmers
The political carbon landscape may be changing but one thing remains constant - Australia’s climate is becoming increasingly variable. The day-to-day realities of that, along with the associated economic and social pressures, are going to have major impacts on agriculture now and into the future.
14/07/2014: A 'Treasure Chest’ of Australian wine heritage set for auction
Wines from one of the greatest names in Australian wine heritage – Woodley’s Coonawarra Treasure Chest – will go to auction for the first time since 2006 when Wickman’s Fine Wine Auctions offer wines from the stellar 1955 and 1956 vintages online from 21-28 July 2014.
14/07/2014: Climate change signals the end of Australian Shiraz as we know it
Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that's home to the country's world-famous big, brassy Shiraz. Trampling over the family's century-old grapegrowing roots on the Australian mainland, Glaetzer headed to Tasmania to strike out on his own and prove to the naysayers there was a successful future in cooler climate wines.
14/07/2014: Penfolds suffers from China squatters
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) failed to register the Chinese name for Penfolds and is now locked in a protracted legal battle with a notorious trademark squatter in an effort regain ownership of the name. A rival wine company has registered three variations of Penfolds’ Chinese name, Ben Fu which potentially leaves TWE open to a hefty fine for trademark infringement and could also allow the rival to sell wine using the Chinese name for Penfolds.
14/07/2014: Research helps identify wine industry’s alternative future
The CSIRO is preparing to release its final report and research findings from a five-year project that will help the Australian wine industry better meet the challenges of a changing climate and environment. The project, titled ‘Enhanced varieties and clones to meet the challenges of climate change and deliver low alcohol wines’ is led by group leader Peter Clingeleffer and aims to evaluate and phenotype 500 grape varieties in the CSIRO germplasm collection.
14/07/2014: Winemakers popping champagne corks at triple victory
Granite Belt winery Symphony Hill Wines has been awarded three trophies at the 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show. Its 2013 Gewurztraminer was awarded 'best other single white varietal of show' and 'best Queensland wine of show'. It was also awarded the trophy for 'most successful Queensland exhibitor of show' for the fourth time in the past five years.
11/07/2014: Wine Victoria welcomes investment in R&D to fight Phylloxera
Wine Victoria chair Damien Sheehan yesterday welcomed the announcement of a two-year research partnership between the Victorian Government and the Australia Grape and Wine Authority to fight vineyard pest Phylloxera. The pest attacks the roots of European grapevines (Vitis vinifera), eventually killing those vines and moving on to others.
11/07/2014: Adelaide winegrape varieties book wins international accolade
University of Adelaide School of Economics professor Kym Anderson has received (along with two others) the prestigious International Organisation of Vine and Wine Award for the best viticulture books in 2013. Published by the University of Adelaide Press, 'Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where?' is an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and winegrape growing nations that account for 99 per cent of global wine production.
11/07/2014: Taylors Wines toasts solution to business data crush
The need to bring together business data from several different states and multiple teams set Taylors Wines on a path to become the first Australian winery to implement an internationally-renowned business intelligence and corporate performance management solution, BOARD.
11/07/2014: Blog: WA winemakers get a taste of cold soak technique
Western Australian winemakers recently lent their tasting expertise to research by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA). Department researcher Richard Fennessy is investigating the influence of climate on the effectiveness of pre-fermentative cold maceration (cold soak) on red wine varieties.
10/07/2014: Tasmania: experience the island with latitude
Registration is now open for Tasmania Unbottled 2014, Australia’s largest showcase of outstanding wine and produce, being held next month in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Tasmania Unbottled 2014, presented by Wine Tasmania, provides an unrivalled opportunity for beverage enthusiasts, trade and media to experience first-hand outstanding wine and cider from the island, alongside information to help plan a trip to Tasmania.
10/07/2014: Mudgee winemakers raise a glass to Japanese FTA
The free trade agreement with Japan has been hailed as a "godsend" for Central West wine producers. The deal was made during the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Australia. Mudgee winemaker and vice president of the New South Wales Wine Industry Association David Lowe says wines from the Central West such as Pinots are popular with the Japanese market.
10/07/2014: Blog: Maximising the potential of grape marc
The AWRI is currently in the first year of a project investigating the practicalities of using grape marc as a supplement in livestock feed to reduce methane emissions. This work builds on research which has demonstrated a reduction in methane emissions from ruminant animals that were fed grape marc.
10/07/2014: TWE sweeps Royal Queensland Wine Show
Wolf Blass took out the top gong at the 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS) Tuesday night with several other brands under the Treasury Wine Estates banner also picking up trophies. Chief judge PJ Charteris with his team of expert judges tasted more than 2076 wines from 270 Australian wineries before they crowned Australia’s best.
9/07/2014: Australian wine to blossom in Japan
Yesterday’s signing of a Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) by Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Tony Abbot will open the door to increasing wine exports. Winemakers’ Federation of Australia strategy and international affairs general manager Tony Battaglene said the agreement was good news for the Australian wine industry.
9/07/2014: Inaugural VIC100 Wine Awards: Guide to the state’s best wines
Held for the first time this year, the VIC100 Wine Awards is designed to judge and identify the top 100 wines of Victoria. The awards will provide consumers with a relevant but expansive list to fully appreciate and explore the depth and quality of the Victorian wine industry.
9/07/2014: Blog: Here’s cheers to 50 years
South Australia’s Padthaway region in the Limestone Coast is this year celebrating 50 years of grapegrowing. A range of factors can lead to the establishment of a wine region and scientific evidence often produces greater odds in the viticulture lottery. While Padthaway farmers had known it for generations, it was the CSIRO that first officially documented the potential of the district - a report produced in 1944 described the landscape approximately 50-kilometres north-west of Naracoorte as a “first class” site for garden soils.
9/07/2014: Torbreck buys top vineyard in Barossa
Australia's Torbreck Vintners has secured long term grape supplies for one of its top wines after buying Gnadenfrei vineyard in South Australia's Barossa Valley. Gnadenfrei was previously owned by Malcolm Seppelt and has been supplying grapes under contract to Torbreck for one of its top single vineyard wines, The Laird, since 2005.
9/07/2014: Stopping the rot in sub-tropical vineyards
Charles Sturt University (CSU) research has found a timely fungicide spray can help reduce the damage caused by non-Botrytis bunch rot in sub-tropical vineyards. The research, led by CSU professor of viticulture Chris Steel from the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre and funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, has been published in the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research.
8/07/2014: Fund the plonk you like
More than three-quarters of Australian wine is sold by two major suppliers - a market concentration that threatens to drive prices and limit the range available. It's no surprise entrepreneurs are stepping in to cut out the middleman. A relatively new business that's enjoying fast-growing success by cutting out the wine store is Naked Wines, a website that enables wine drinkers to fund the production of wine.
8/07/2014: Riesling Downunder: 2015 event name change and dates
Australia’s most prestigious Riesling tasting has acquired a new name, additional sponsors and is planning a more ambitious approach to promoting the merits of the white wine variety. The tasting event began in 2001 as the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting, a biennial celebration of the quality and diversity of the world’s best Riesling wines comprising tastings, workshops and master classes.
8/07/2014: Moscato to put Swan Hill on the map
It seems almost every wine region has a particular variety to call its own. And now growers in northern Victoria are hoping to lay claim to Moscato. Colin Free is a winegrape grower from Lake Boga near Swan Hill and says producers there are hoping the variety will put the region on the map.
8/07/2014: Southern state's strong shift to sparkling wine
A third of Tasmania's total grape crop is being made into sparkling wine, according to Wine Tasmania. The marked swing towards sparkling production during the past five years follows strong profits and year-round demand. Wine Tasmania industry development officer David Sanderson says a big influx of high quality imported wine has cemented demand for Tassie sparklings.
8/07/2014: Blog: Cover crops and vineyard floor temperature
One of the main reasons cover crops are grown is to protect the soil from raindrop impact and thereby prevent erosion. But University of Adelaide researchers Cassandra Collins and Chris Penfold ask if it will also impact on soil and canopy temperatures, particularly in relation to frost prevention.
7/07/2014: July 2014 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The July 2014 issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker is out now and is available online for all subscribers. Winter has finally set in so pour yourself a glass of red, light the fire and join us as we discuss the latest in pruning, trellising, spraying and frost management.
7/07/2014: Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference to be held in Adelaide
Some of the best thought leaders in the country will address how to better manage resources for a secure future in a fast changing climate and business environment at the seventh Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference held in Adelaide on Thursday 25 September 2014.
7/07/2014: Clare to host SA Pruning Championships
Pruners from across the country are preparing for the SA Pruning Championships to be held at the end of July in Clare. The event, recognising the contribution pruners make to the wine industry, was revived in 2012 by the Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association after a break of nearly 30 years.
7/07/2014: Blog: Talk about the complete package
The Yarra Valley, in the Australian state of Victoria, has everything going for it. Verdant, rolling hills dotted with architecturally distinct wineries, along with fine wines, fine dining and proximity to the city of Melbourne, writes Meininger’s Felicity Carter.
4/07/2014: Blog: No joke, this is the world’s first stainless steel fermentation egg
Wine fermentation is being taken to infinity – and beyond. As a boutique winemaking tool the egg-shaped fermenter is gaining a cult following in Australia. The egg shape was developed centuries ago – in the clay vessel days – as a means of holding liquid in a stable manner on the ground.
4/07/2014: Australian wineries face selling wines at a loss in 2014
Australian wineries may have to sell their wines at a loss this year if prices fall below current levels given high costs of grapes and production in 2014, warns top wine broker Murphy Wine Company. Although official figures have not been released, it is anticipated the nation's 2014 harvest will be smaller than last year.
4/07/2014: Phylloxera simulation issues identified
A number of issues were identified for the Riverland Viticultural Technical Group (RVTG) at last month’s Phylloxera Outbreak Simulation and Biosecurity Seminar held at Renmark. One of the issues highlighted was the need for the winegrape industry to engage with table grape producers in formulating the region’s Outbreak Management Plan.
4/07/2014: Rise in Australian dollar to have little impact on wine exports
The latest rise in the Australian dollar is likely to have little impact on Hunter Valley wine exports as the industry celebrates one of its best vintages in decades. The currency increased slightly this week in reaction to the Reserve Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold.
3/07/2014: WISA Supplier of the Year nominations open
Since 2007, Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc. (WISA) has recognised outstanding suppliers to the Australian wine industry through its annual Supplier of the Year Awards. The 2014 Supplier of the Year event will be held on Thursday 16 October 2014 at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Nominations are now open and encouraged from suppliers in the categories of export, innovation, environment and sustainability and the highly coveted Supplier of the Year Award.
3/07/2014: Blog: Baptism of Fire competition makes wine accessible to a new vintage of consumers
Baptism of Fire is a fight to the ferment and beyond, pitting six teams of first-time winemakers against one another and against the harsh realities of making and releasing a wine in a competition like no other. The teams come from a variety of backgrounds but all share the same dream of making their own wine.
3/07/2014: Shareholder class action filed against Treasury Wine over US writedowns
Legal firm Maurice Blackburn lodged documents in the Federal Court on Wednesday to begin a class-action lawsuit against Treasury Wine Estates (TWE). The legal action is on behalf of more than 600 shareholders over what the firm claims was a late disclosure of heavy writedowns relating to its US business in 2013.
3/07/2014: Overview of current global grape and wine research the most comprehensive yet
The Australian-based Wine & Viticulture Journal has just published the final of an extensive two-part overview of the research currently being undertaken by the world’s key grape and wine research organisations. Peter Hayes, past president of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine and a former executive director of Australia’s Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, has commended the Journal for compiling the overview, describing it as the most comprehensive he’d seen.
International Wine Industry News
22/07/2014: Competition delivers 85 gold medals to wines from New Zealand, Australia and Europe
The 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition held last week in Marlborough has awarded 85 gold medals, 199 silver and 536 bronze medals resulting in more than 60 per cent of all wines judged receiving an accolade. New Zealand producers received 60 of the gold medals, Australia took home 14, France scooped five and Spain, Portugal and Chile received three, two and one respectively.
22/07/2014: Wine judges set to taste more than 1150 wines at one of NZ’s largest wine competitions
With a record number of wines entered in the New World Wine Awards this year, an independent panel of 13 wine experts will spend three days in August judging every wine using the same internationally recognised system as other leading wine competitions.
22/07/2014: Japanese wines may get boost in LDP plan
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is looking at establishing legislation designed to boost the international competitiveness of Japanese wine. Under the proposed legislation, the government would issue certificates of origin for wine and guarantee product quality if wine made from domestically grown grapes meets a certain criteria.
22/07/2014: Rhone co-ops in 'supply war' with negociants (France)
Tensions are running high in the Rhone Valley with negociants and cooperative cellars clashing over the advance purchase of grapes for the 2014 harvest. A letter was sent in early July to all cooperative cellars in the region, signed by the Cotes du Rhone winemakers’ union, to warn of manoeuvres from certain negociants to assure their grape sourcing.
22/07/2014: Chilean wine shines at a China tastings
Last week six fine wines from Chilean winery La Lejania were well-received by Nanning wine lovers, proving Chinese consumers are looking beyond top drops from France. The tasting, hosted by La Lejania’s Asia export manager Diego Garreton Smart followed a thorough introduction of the producer’s rich winemaking history.
22/07/2014: 20 per cent of Italy’s vineyards declared obsolete
As much as one fifth of Italy’s vineyards are “obsolete” according to Marchese Piero Antinori, president of one of the country’s biggest wine producers Marchesi Antinori. During a talk at May’s IMW symposium in Florence, Antinori gave a brief history of his experience in the Italian wine industry before stating the weaknesses and opportunities in the country today.
21/07/2014: Amisfield viticulturist crowned 2014 Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year
It was second time lucky for Amisfield assistant vineyard manager Mike Winter after he took out the 2014 Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year title in Bannockburn. The 27-year-old who finished third last year, fought off some tough competition from seven other competitors to win the title and the right to represent the region at the national competition in Blenheim next month.
21/07/2014: US billionaire's Kiwi empire growing
Californian billionaire William P. Foley II is expanding his assets in New Zealand. He plans to upgrade two Wairarapa vineyards, build a new Marlborough bottling plant and buy a gin label, Land Rover Discovery vehicles and the owners' cottage at the Wharekauhau Country Estate. According to reports, he is also contemplating expanding south of Wairarapa and Marlborough and buying a Central Otago vineyard if the opportunity arises.
21/07/2014: French wine exports to China remain strong but slip elsewhere
A study from the French government agriculture office FranceAgriMer indicates the country remains the most important wine supplier to China, but is losing market share in Germany, the UK and the US. It's on the American market that France is suffering the most, achieving only 27 per cent of the market by volume in 2013 compared to 36 percent in 2000.
21/07/2014: Prosecco producers warned to avoid deals or become "another Cava" (Italy)
Italian Prosecco producers must maintain prices to guard against becoming “another Cava” (Spanish sparkling wine), UK agents have warned. Bibendum Wine Co head of buying Andrew Shaw said Prosecco needs to push a quality agenda and avoid excessive price promotion. "It needs to learn from Cava’s experience a few years ago when consumer popularity and over-promotion led to a devaluation of individual brands and of the category as a whole," he warned.
21/07/2014: Burgundy vineyards experiment with anti-hail nets (France)
The use of a protective net on vines as a defense against hail is the latest topic of conversation in Burgundy. The discussion follows the failure of expensive anti-hail cannons to protect some of the region’s prized vineyards which were hit by hail for the third consecutive year last month.
21/07/2014: 2014 Wines from Spain Awards winners announced
The 2014 Wines from Spain Awards has announced the 102 winners of its annual competition where more than 700 Spanish wines were tasted by the judging panel headed by Tim Atkin MW. The wines hailing from more than 30 regions represent the spectrum of styles and wines that Spain is producing and exporting to the UK.
21/07/2014: Westminster wine consumption drops (UK)
Consumption of the UK government’s wine cellar has dropped but spending is up, with the Westminster wine cellar now said to pay for itself. Foreign office minister Mark Simmonds has released the 2013/2014 report on the Westminster wine cellar which indicates consumption has dropped by more than 13 per cent on the year before.
18/07/2014: Value creation and environmental sustainability for Marlborough wine industry by-products
Marlborough wine producers have come together with the Marlborough District Council in a new collaborative approach to the management of grape marc disposal to generate new, commercially viable and environmentally sustainable products from grape waste.
18/07/2014: South African winemaker receives Lifetime Achievement Award at IWC 2014
South African winemaker and producer Charles Back received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Wine Challenge awards dinner Wednesday night in London. Back, a third generation owner of South Africa's Fairview winery, has become one of the most well-known winemakers around the world for the work he's done in research and analysis, most noticeably in Chile and Argentina.
18/07/2014: Drought drains $2.2bn from farm economy (US)
The ongoing drought in California will cost farmers $2.2bn this year and put 17,100 people out of work, UC Davis experts have estimated. The dollar figure is just 5 percent of the state agriculture industry’s $42.6bn gross income in 2012, but the losses are greater in some parts of the state including Merced and the west side of Stanislaus.
18/07/2014: Champagne yield reflects confidence boost (France)
A small rise in this year’s maximum permitted yield has reflected a modest increase in shipments during the first part of 2014, according to The Champagne Bureau (CIVC). Following a meeting this week between the CIVC, growers and houses, the yield for this year’s harvest has been set at 10,500kg per ha, an increase on last year’s limit of 10,000kg.
18/07/2014: English Wine Producers says it will take five years to hit £100m in sales (UK)
English Wine Producers has revised downwards ambitious targets of reaching £100m (AUD$183m) worth of sales by next year, saying sales of £60 million (AUD$110m) are more likely. While the industry has been enjoying strong growth during the past few years, a poor 2012 harvest has hindered the next phase of its development.
17/07/2014: Wine competition in full swing
Judges have kicked off day two of the Spiegelau International Wine Competition by tasting more than 170 Sauvignon Blanc wines that have come from all over the world. The annual Blenheim-based wine competition, now in its fourth year, began Tuesday morning at the Marlborough Convention Centre with judges tasting wines from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, South Africa, South America and Portugal.
17/07/2014: Hill Laboratories appoints new Blenheim lab manager
It's all happening at New Zealand's Hill Laboratories. The country's leading analytical lab has appointed Hugh Richards as lab manager for the company’s newest facility based in Blenheim. This comes just two days after Daily Wine News reported Kevin Taylor has taken over as the company’s new South Island manager.
17/07/2014: Provence rosé magnum sales to double (UK)
UK sales of Provençal rosé magnums are predicted to double this year with total exports of the region’s signature style rising 22 per cent in volume and 61 per cent in value last year. According to the Provençal Wines Council (CIVP), the UK has now “fully embraced” a trend for buying Provence rosé in the double bottle format.
17/07/2014: Truck spills 18,000 bottles of Saint Emilion wine into street (France)
A truck carrying 18,000 bottles of wine from a Grand Cru Classe estate in Saint Emilion has overturned near Bordeaux, spilling its load across the road. Bottles of Chateau La Dominique's second wine from the 2011 vintage had to be recovered by hand with the majority of them smashed.
17/07/2014: Summer boosts sales of sparkling wine, says Nielsen (Italy)
Fizz has fared well thanks to summer, with sales of sparkling wine up 18.9 per cent on last year, according to the latest Nielsen data for the off-trade. Taking a closer look at Italian sparkling - dominated by Prosecco - volumes were up 58.3 per cent versus last year and now make up one out of every two bottles sold.
17/07/2014: Berry Bros & Rudd and Roberson win independent merchants of the year at IWC 2014 (UK)
UK wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd (BB&R) and Roberson Wine were named large and small independent merchants of the year at last night’s International Wine Challenge awards dinner. It was a highly successful night for BB&R in particular, which also took home the highly coveted merchant of the year award.
16/07/2014: Gruet toasts new marketing deal (US)
Albuquerque’s Gruet Winery has signed a new marketing partnership with Precept Wine, the largest privately-held wine producer in the Pacific Northwest. Precept Wine will manage sales, marketing and distribution for Gruet, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
16/07/2014: Americans drive Gran Reserva Rioja sales
US wine consumers have developed a thirst for Gran Reserva Rioja and are helping drive sales of the style according to one of the region’s estates. CVNE chief executive Victor Urrutia said Americans are getting "super excited" about the wine and there’s a trend in the US for going back to the Old World classics and family-owned estates.
16/07/2014: Kiwi scientist finds way to counter mealybug threat
The New Zealand wine industry is now better equipped to battle plant pathogens thanks to new research carried out in the country. Economic losses from the grapevine leafroll virus, transmitted by insects called mealybugs, total tens of millions of dollars each year in New Zealand alone.
16/07/2014: Terrasses du Larzac wine region gets appellation status (France)
French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation. Formerly referred to as 'Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac', the new AOC spreads across 2000ha with 60 wine producers and five cooperatives located west and north of Montpellier.
16/07/2014: Sotheby's to auction fine wine via eBay (US)
Online auction site eBay is going more upmarket after signing a deal to partner with Sotheby's to sell a range of collector's items, including fine and rare wine. Sotheby's and eBay will begin their partnership with a series of live auctions based out of Sotheby's New York headquarters, the two companies announced Monday.
16/07/2014: Chile, Argentina and South Africa come together for Beautiful South event
A central 'meet the winemaker' themed area will be the central focus for this September’s combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina. This is the second year Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have come together to put on a joint tasting across two days at London's Olympia exhibition centre.
15/07/2014: French Cremant de Savoie appellation moves closer to reality
Sparkling winemakers in France's Savoie region are set to join an elite club able to use the term 'Cremant' on labels after gaining approval from officials. France's appellation body said Savoie wineries producing sparkling wines by the traditional Champagne method can use the term on labels from the 2014 harvest.
15/07/2014: China’s entry-level wine market gets boost
A government crackdown on gift giving has slowed down sales of imported wines in China, but sales at the other end of the market are booming. John Watkins, head of China based wine merchant ASC Fine Wines suggests it’s not all bad and European countries other than France could be set to benefit.
15/07/2014: Fake big-brand wine on the rise (UK)
It has been revealed that as many as one in five bottles of wine stocked in independent corner shops in England could be fake, following the release of information on police raids to tackle the organised crime. The biggest household labels are the main targets for fraudsters who fake labels on sub-standard wine before selling to corner shop owners.
15/07/2014: Changing colours in Sonoma vineyards signal approach of harvest (US)
The countdown to the annual grape crush has begun as clusters of fruit slowly change texture and colour in pockets throughout Sonoma, heralding the approach of a harvest season expected to come earlier while yielding a crop less bountiful than in previous record-breaking years.
15/07/2014: Hill Laboratories appoints new South Island manager
New Zealand's leading analytical testing laboratory Hill Laboratories has appointed Kevin Taylor as the company’s new South Island manager. Taylor brings to Hill Laboratories’ Christchurch-based lab more than two decades of experience in quality management and operations management fields.
14/07/2014: Blog: New Zealand’s leading analytical testing lab celebrates 30 years
In July 1984 a young Waikato scientist by the name of Roger Hill left a small soil testing laboratory in Cambridge to launch his own in Hamilton. Roger and his wife Anne’s initial business intention, he says, was simply to “have a go” on their own. Yet three decades later the company, well-known nationally and internationally as Hill Laboratories, is the largest privately owned testing lab in the whole of New Zealand.
14/07/2014: Drought cutting into winegrape production (US)
The summer sizzle is helping winegrapes rapidly mature in central California vineyards. Despite the drought, experts say the vines will produce a good crop in an area the wine industry heavily relies on. San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association executive director Peter Vallis said "100 per cent of all the grape concentrate made in California comes from within about 100 miles of Fresno".
14/07/2014: Chateau Pichon-Lalande chief open to organic future (France)
Chateau Pichon-Lalande's general manager Nicolas Glumineau says it is possible the entire estate could be farmed organically, but more research is needed. Pichon-Lalande currently farms 3ha of its 78ha of vines organically, while another 3ha have been set aside for biodynamic farming.
14/07/2014: Gallo family fortune close to $10bn (US)
The Gallo family, which owns one of the world's biggest wine producers, has been named as one of the richest families in the US in a new ranking by Forbes magazine. The winemaking operation that Ernest and Julio Gallo began in a shed in California in the 1930s has turned into a family empire worth an estimated $9.7bn.
14/07/2014: Discovery could cut use of fertiliser by farmers (US)
A discovery by a scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service could help farmers use less fertiliser, saving money and helping the environment. Richard Haney, a US Department of Agriculture soil scientist in Temple, Texas, has developed a soil test that replicates some of the natural processes that occur in a field and accounts for that microbial activity, along with measuring nitrate, ammonium (NH4), and organic nitrogen.
14/07/2014: Responsibility deal changes will have knock-on effect on how consumers buy wine (UK)
UK wine buyers will start factoring alcohol content into their buying decisions on the back of a new responsibility deal pledge around lower alcohol house wines, says Portman Group chief Henry Ashworth. Following the government announcement last week on additional responsibility deal pledges, Ashworth said offering slightly lower alcohol wines was a "great endeavor" and that it wouldn't reduce enjoyment or commercial success.
11/07/2014: Aussie winemakers urge government to cork $99m tax loophole for New Zealand producers
Australian winemakers are calling for the federal government to close a tax loophole that has allowed New Zealand winemakers to receive close to $100m in rebates between 2005 and 2012. As the Australian winemaking industry bands together to find new ways to get their wines into the homes of its consumers, members of the sector have spoken out about the “abuse” of the WET rebate which was originally designed to assist regional winemakers.
11/07/2014: Pinot Noir makes a mark in NZ
Greywacke founder Kevin Judd's love for Pinot Noir stretches back to 1984 when he started his winemaking career at Cloudy Bay. Cloudy Bay was always very involved in Marlborough's Pinot Noir scene, helping it grow from "nothing to what it is now". So where and how did the region's Pinot Noir story begin?
11/07/2014: Romanian wine producers to get $48m in funding until 2018
Romanian wine producers will soon have access to funds from the European Union worth EUR$47.7m (AU$69m) from 2014 to 2018. They will be able to use this money to restructure or reconvert vineyards and promote their wine brands to the world.
11/07/2014: Pernod Ricard taps into sparkling wine trend with Café de Paris brand (US)
Looking to take advantage of the ongoing popularity of imported sparkling wines in the US market, Pernod Ricard is launching two fruit-flavored sparklers under the Café de Paris brand. The Bordeaux-produced Café de Paris brand, which was established in 1967 and is marketed around the world, will initially include Pomegranate and Pear flavoured sparkling wines in the US this month.
11/07/2014: UK's wine volume sales to pick up by 2017
The UK wine market is expected to grow in value by 6.1 per cent to £13.14 billion (AU$23.9bn) by 2018, with volume growth forecast to pick up again in 2017. According to a market update on wine from market intelligence provider Key Note, wine's value growth will dip this year given duty is rising by 2.5 per cent as opposed to the expected 4.5 per cent.
11/07/2014: Screwcap now level with cork closures in UK according to new data
Americans are still wary of screwcap closures for wine while their British and Australian counterparts are much more accepting according to new data from Wine Intelligence. In the UK, screwcaps and natural cork are favoured equally by consumers, with 40 per cent saying they like buying wines closed with screwcaps and another 40 per cent saying they like natural cork.
10/07/2014: International judges announced for 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Two highly respected international wine personalities will be joining this year’s judging panel for the country’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Respected wine writer David Brookes from Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine Companion and Wine & Spirits magazines, and Sebastian Braun, one of Sweden’s leading wine buyers, will be joining the judging team of 26 for this year’s competition.
10/07/2014: Chilean winemakers decry proposed tax hike
Chilean grapegrowers and winemakers have criticised the proposed tax hike they believe could put some of them out of business. Wine in Chile will now be taxed at 15 per cent per litre wholesale. That’s high compared to other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which includes the much-wealthier major wine countries of Europe and the US.
10/07/2014: Low Bordeaux en primeur sales sink UK merchant
Weaker consumer demand for Bordeaux en primeur wines from recent vintages has forced UK-based merchant En Primeur Ltd into liquidation, with an estimated deficit running into six figures. Insolvency practitioner Abbott Fielding of Sidcup is likely to be appointed as liquidator.
10/07/2014: 'Increasingly adventurous' Japanese welcome different wine styles
Wine Intelligence has reported that 21 per cent of regular wine drinkers in Japan enjoy trying new and different styles of wine on a regular basis compared to 15 per cent two years ago, while the nation's wine fan's also enjoy the drink more often.
10/07/2014: South Africa’s record bulk wine growth slows
South Africa’s record growth in bulk exports of wine to the UK has slowed, with figures from VinPro showing no increase on last year. But packaged wine exports to the UK have grown 38 per cent, while falling in most other countries from June 2013 to May 2014 compared to the previous period.
9/07/2014: Farming leadership mould slowly breaking
Agriculture generates 70 per cent of New Zealand's export earnings and comprises 12 per cent of annual gross domestic products. Although farming remains the backbone of the country's economy, women have been far from prominent in its leadership roles. But it is possible to be a woman of influence among the farmers and growers, as two of the country's prominent female leaders in the sector explain.
9/07/2014: Tesco takes wine tasting to the consumer (UK)
In a move which could help break down barriers, Tesco is bringing 10 interactive wine tastings into homes across the UK throughout summer. The tastings will be presented by Tesco wine ambassadors Nathan Nolan and Helena Nicklin with wines chosen based on customer preference.
9/07/2014: House wine to be no stronger than 12.5 per cent under government deal (UK)
House wine in bars and pubs will be no stronger than 12.5 per cent under a government plan to curb binge drinking in the UK. Ministers held talks with the alcohol industry yesterday in an attempt to cut Britain's drinking problem.
9/07/2014: Chianti Classico council opens first wine centre (Italy)
The Chianti Classico Consorzio has opened its first wine education centre aimed at tourists visiting the Italian region. Chianti Classico House will offer tasting lessons, cooking shows and vineyard picnics. The move comes less than three months after the trade body opened a wine bar in central Florence, showing it's making a greater effort to attract tourists.
9/07/2014: Hail ravages vineyards in Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
Violent hailstorms have damaged thousands of hectares of vines in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region, just weeks after winemakers in Burgundy and Bordeaux suffered similar deluges. Up to 15,000ha of vines in the western Languedoc-Roussillon area of Aude are estimated to have been damaged in the downpours Sunday night, according to the local chamber of agriculture.
8/07/2014: Leading independents criticise major wine suppliers for "lazy" service (UK)
Leading independent wine merchants have criticised the service they are receiving from many major UK national wine suppliers and distributors. Members of Harpers Independent Wine Crew have called on the national players to "up their game" and improve the quality of service they receive.
8/07/2014: Sparkling wine continues to surge ahead (UK)
Sparkling wine sales are showing no signs of slowing with volumes increasing 20 per cent in the second quarter of 2014. According to figures from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association's market report, in the 12 months to 26 April 2014 volumes of sparkling wine sold grew by 10 per cent to 535,000 hectolitres, representing a 17 per cent boost in value to £486 million (AU$887 m) in the off-trade.
8/07/2014: Nedbank Green Wine Awards enters its sixth year (Africa)
Entries are now open for the sixth Nedbank Green Wine Awards, the only wine competition in Africa that acknowledges wine producers farming for the future and wines made in an environmentally conscious and sustainable manner. The panel will be led by former wine editor Fiona McDonald who has judged several local and international competitions in the past.
8/07/2014: Japanese farming delegation studies Lodi wine (US)
A group of Japanese delegates toured the Lodi wine region at the weekend, including a visit to Barsetti Winery in Galt. The eight visitors were invited to the US under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program for a series of events held from 23 June to 11 July.
8/07/2014: EU wine sector funding is 'unjust', say auditors
A fund of more than €1 billion (AU$1.4 bn) to promote European Union wines around the world is not an efficient use of public money, the European Court of Auditors has warned. There is no justification for the European Commission holding a specific fund for wine sector investment and marketing, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a review of EU spending on wine.
8/07/2014: Japan's PM chews over issues but no word on tariffs
It may have been a little early for wine, but Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on a tight schedule in Auckland so lunch at Villa Maria winery started about 11.45am. During his visit he told the large crowd that once the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement concluded, "I believe such a wonderful wine can be readily available in Japan at an inexpensive price". That, of course, depends largely on Abe himself, but there was no hint yesterday about where the final agreement will rest in terms of tariff and quota removal.
7/07/2014: Luring British wine professionals to New Zealand’s largest wine region
Wine Marlborough and the NZ-UK Link Foundation have announced that applications for the 2014/2015 Wine Marlborough NZ-UK Link Foundation scholarship are now open. The history of the scholarship began in 2009 when Wine Marlborough and the NZ-UK Link Foundation, together with the late John Avery MW, established a scholarship to fund an exceptional wine industry professional from the UK to travel to New Zealand to experience Marlborough’s wine industry.
7/07/2014: 'Industry must transform', says Wine Vision organiser (UK)
Wine Vision organiser Andrew Reed insists a heritage-rich wine world must transform to tap the ‘radically different demands’ of millennials ahead of the 2014 event where the president of Moët Hennessy will speak. This year will see the event return to London with a program designed to challenge conventional thinking and inspire an agenda for positive change across the wine industry.
7/07/2014: Atkinson leaves his role as Pernod Ricard's wine development manager
Adrian Atkinson left Pernod Ricard last week as part of a restructure of its commercial and marketing teams. Atkinson had been a key part of the company's wine team for the past eight years and played an important role in helping to bring a number of new lines to market in his role as wine development manager.
7/07/2014: Naked Wines celebrates 40 per cent sales growth in 2013 (UK)
Naked Wines released it financial performance results for 2013 which includes a 40 per cent increase in sales reaching £53 million (AU$97m) driven by a 50 per cent increase in the number of Angel investors. Naked Wines chief executive officer Rowan Gormley said it had been a year of strong profitable growth for the company and thanked the winemakers who made it possible.
7/07/2014: European grapevine moth detected in Sonoma (US)
The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced the detection of a single male European grapevine moth in western Sonoma near Cazadero. The moth was identified on Thursday 26 June. Agricultural officials immediately deployed delimitation traps at the rate of 100 traps per square mile (258 ha).
4/07/2014: Major pesticide drift threatens Lodi vineyards (US)
More than 10,000 hectares of vineyards in the Lodi area may have been affected by a major pesticide drift from the aerial application of a powerful weed killer cocktail applied across Bouldin island. Damage has been reported as far east as Clements in an area that extends north about halfway between Lodi and Elk Grove.
4/07/2014: Want to be natural? Harvest from wild vines says Swiss grape geneticist
Grape geneticist José Vouillamoz has rubbished an idea that growing vines from seed would bring any benefits, saying if producers really want to be natural they should harvest grapes from wild vines. Responding to an idea from Etna-based Frank Cornelissen that vines grown from seed would prove more disease resistant, Vouillamoz told the producer seed-grown vines would actually be less resistant to disease.
4/07/2014: Getting to grips with Gruner Veltliner
Six years ago Cooper's Creek produced New Zealand's first Gruner Veltliner, an Austrian white winegrape which had recently caught on in the US where it became known as Grü-Vee. The question was then, as it is now: Would it catch on or would it suffer the same fate as Gewürztraminer and other varieties with names that are difficult to pronounce?
4/07/2014: Winemakers must prepare for temperature extremes (US)
Rates of climate change may have slowed but winemakers must prepare themselves for increased warming and greater extremes warned Southern Oregon University research climatologist professor Gregory Jones. Jones specialises in the study of the influence of climate variability and change on grapevine growth, wine production and quality.
4/07/2014: Wine Vision to focus on brands' relationships with consumers and threat of competitors (UK)
Wine Vision’s return to London in November will examine key issues affecting growth in the industry as relationships between wine brands and consumers change and competition from spirits and beer intensifies. The global wine conference, now in its second year, will take place from 17-19 November at the Shard and Hurlingham Club.
4/07/2014: Wildfire rips through Napa wine region (US)
A wildfire has swept through Napa’s Pope Valley destroying more than 1000 hectares of land, but the wine region’s valuable vineyards have not yet been affected. Up to 800 firefighters and 132 fire engines are working to control the blaze aided by helicopters and fixed-wing tankers, with the latest update from Cal Fire listing the fire’s spread as 1,537 ha - 30 per cent of which has been contained.
3/07/2014: Burgundy producers request government aid as 3000 hectares damaged (France)
Producers across Burgundy have asked government officials for help in the form of tax relief, subsidies and funding to increase anti-hail measures following a damaging hailstorm on Saturday. More than 100 vintners met with Beaune sub-prefect Anne Frackowiak-Jacobs Monday evening to assess the damage.
3/07/2014: Treasury appoints ex-Coca-Cola exec
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced the appointment of Coca-Cola executive Robert Foye as president of its Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions after the departure of Andrew Carter. Last week Carter, TWE’s former chief commercial officer for the regions, quit his post after the wine group announced “substantial changes to its business model”.
3/07/2014: Shifting sands of wine production
When vintners planted Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, they knew it was a cooler climate than where it was traditionally grown in Europe. The experiment paid off with a distinct New Zealand style winning favour around the world. But Glen Creasy, the senior lecturer in viticulture at Lincoln University and president of the New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology, says climate change means many grapegrowing regions are becoming warmer.
3/07/2014: Bordeaux wineries could be confiscated in Chinese crackdown
Two Chinese companies have been accused of misusing £25 million (AU$45m) in public funds with 14 Bordeaux châteaux among their purchases. China’s National Audit Office (NAO) accused the Dalian-based Haichang Holdings Ltd. and Rave Sun group of misspending the funds in a report released this week. The NAO report states the money was given to the duo by the Dalian government in order to increase their investment in foreign companies.
3/07/2014: Flagship winegrapes of the future
A native Armenian red and a white variety from the Peloponnese could be the “next big things” in wine according to grape geneticist José Vouillamoz. Speaking during May’s MW Symposium in Florence, Vouillamoz pointed out that throughout history certain grapes have gone “from oblivion to flagship” before revealing a selection of varieties he believed could become famous in the future.