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9/12/2013: Organic Certified Yeast – ViniFerm
Isolated for use on both conventional and organic wines, ViniFerm are the first active dry yeasts on the market produced 100% organic (to EC/USDA regulations), from the selection programme through to the production plant.
9/12/2013: Online sales top exports to New Zealand
It is official – more Australian wine is now sold through online channels than exported to one of Australia’s biggest markets - New Zealand. And with high growth expected to continue no winery can afford to miss out on the growing opportunity to sell wine online.
2/12/2013: Announcing VinSuite eCommerce, POS, Wine Club and CRM for Australia and NZ
Melbourne-based company VINx2 Winery Software has announced an agreement with eWinery Solutions of Napa, California to become the exclusive Australia and New Zealand sales agent for VinSuite – the world’s first comprehensive cloud-based software solution for the wine industry.
2/12/2013: Which closure is right for your red wine?
Making sure you have the right closure for your red wine is critical. Different closures can impact on its development and shelf-life in a variety of ways, from early development of oxidised characters to a sudden increase in stinky sulfur compounds.
26/11/2013: Kauri early order barrel discounts for vintage 2014
Kauri is offering fantastic early order savings on Saury’s range of oak barrels. For best prices and discount delivery rates from the cooperages of Saury, Saury Bourgogne, Tonnellerie LEROI and Saury USA, please order by the following dates: Tues 15 Oct (NSW - Hunter), Fri 15 Nov (SA, VIC, WA, QLD, NSW (other than Hunter), Fri 29 Nov (TAS, NZ).
25/11/2013: How to sell a vineyard and winery business for high multiples
Many business owners who are outstanding in their chosen field nevertheless leave millions on the table when they sell their business – simply because they don’t understand how business exits work. A new report shows how this problem can be solved using a predictable system to get a business “investor ready", prepare it for sale and connect it with potential buyers.
25/11/2013: VinCru's vintage review
It has come to our attention that sluggish and stuck ferments cause high stress levels in winemakers and are thus a major concern during vintage. Fortunately VinCru is here to help reduce these stress levels through its premium Fermentation Aids (or anti-stress aids as we like to call them).
Australian Wine Industry News
13/12/2013: Nobel Prize-winning scientist to join the AWRI board
Winemaker and Nobel Prize-winning astronomer Prof. Brian P. Schmidt will join the board of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) as a special qualifications director in February 2014. Board chair Peter Dawson said “the AWRI is delighted to welcome such a high calibre scientist as a new board member.”
13/12/2013: Australian wine industry unveils blueprint to lift profitability
An action plan to lift the profitability of Australian wine businesses has been released today by the nation’s peak industry body for winemakers. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has launched its “Actions for Industry Profitability 2014-2016” to position the country’s wine sector for growth in both domestic and export markets.
13/12/2013: Blog story: Online wine retailer Vinomofo expands into physical retail and a 30-man phone team
Leading online wine retailer Vinomofo today announced its expansion into physical retail and the launch of a phone team, as it continues to grow its share of the wine retail market. This marks the start of its national pop-up roadshow which will visit Australia’s major capital cities in 2014.
13/12/2013: 'Huge opportunity' for Australia in the UK
Conditions are ripe for upmarket Australian wines to make progress in the UK, according to Voyager Estate’s sales and marketing manager Fiona Findlay. Having worked with UK agent Justerini & Brooks for the past 15 years, Findlay acknowledged recent years had proved challenging. “Over the past five years we haven’t grown here, but then I don’t know many Australian producers who have,” she told thedrinksbusiness.com.
13/12/2013: Wine Victoria announces new chair
Viticulturist Damien Sheehan has been named the new chair of Wine Victoria (WV) at the industry association’s 2013 Annual General Meeting. Sheehan is currently the general manager at Mount Langi Ghiran, a winery located in the Grampians.
12/12/2013: Measures announced tomorrow aimed at restoring profitability to Australian wineries
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) will tomorrow announce steps it believes will help the Australian wine industry be more competitive and restore its profitability and asset values. The release of the steps, referred to as 'actions', follows a six-month review of the industry by independent economists and a period of industry consultation over a series of actions in response to the review proposed by WFA and other industry bodies such as Wine Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia.
12/12/2013: National Wine and Grape Industry Centre teams up with leading wineries
A network of commercial vineyards in Griffith, Orange and Tumbarumba have partnered with the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) as part of a major research program to compare cool and warm climate wines. NWGIC director Professor Alain Deloire said the partnership is a unique opportunity to undertake important research within a commercial setting.
12/12/2013: Wine Australia wins ‘Best Wine Culture Promotion Organisation’ award in China
Wine Australia has been named ‘Best Wine Culture Promotion Organisation’ by Wine in China magazine as part of its annual TOP100 Wines Evaluation Awards, held in Beijing Tuesday night. The award was presented to Wine Australia for its outstanding contribution to promoting Australian wines in China and educating Chinese wine trade, media and consumers about Australian wine and winemaking.
12/12/2013: Bill to establish new Australian grape and wine authority gets parliamentary approval
The Australian wine industry’s peak representative grapegrower and winemaker organisations have welcomed the passing of a Bill to establish a new Australian grape and wine authority through the merger of the existing Wine Australia Corporation (WAC) and Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) today.
12/12/2013: Last drop for winery as Dalyup River closes
Dalyup River Wines, in Esperance in Western Australia, will cease production next year, as owners Tom and Jenny Murray call it a day after nearly four decades in the industry. The Murrays bottled their last batch of white wine last Thursday in what was a bittersweet moment for the couple.
11/12/2013: Grape crush heads towards 2 million tonnes
There were 1.75 million tonnes of grapes crushed in 2012–13 of which 850,900 tonnes of white grapes and 897,500 tonnes of red grapes were crushed. Beverage wine production was 1.23 billion litres in 2012–13.
11/12/2013: Oz experiences the wonderful wine world of Aus
One of Britain’s most high profile wine commentators and writers, Oz Clarke, will have his palate re-awakened to the delights of Australian wine after arriving in Australia yesterday as part of a two week exploration of wine regions including the Margaret River, Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.
11/12/2013: Vinomofo pops up to disrupt traditional wine retailers
Starting this Thursday, high-profile online retailer Vinomofo will launch a national pop-up roadshow, where it aims to pop-up in major cities across Australia.
11/12/2013: Ratcliffe to head Accolade Wines
Accolade Wines has appointed experienced wine industry executive John Ratcliffe as its Chief Executive Officer.
11/12/2013: An ABC for your lab during vintage
Vintessential Laboratories’ Greg Howell says before your busy vintage period, it’s important to be as organised as possible in your laboratory.
10/12/2013: Get involved in Aussie Wine Month 2014
Wine Australia is inviting wine regions, wineries, restaurants, bars and retailers to get involved in Aussie Wine Month 2014 – the biggest annual celebration of Australian wine – which will run from 1 to 31 May 2014.
10/12/2013: Condie and Earl back together with NSW wine mockumentary
Wine. Fuel of industry, responsible for some of the best and worst ideas in advertising and all over the television. Now Adnews says it's going to be all over the web as Nathan Earl and Wonder's Glen Condie deliver a new online comedy series that's part Sideways, part Super High Me. It's a cameo-laden mockumentary set in the vineyards of NSW. Supported by Destination NSW, Plonk follows the trials and tribulations of a hapless TV crew trying to produce a wine program. Suffice to say, things go wrong.
10/12/2013: Foreign investment nothing new for winemakers
Foreign investment isn't anything new for Australia's wine industry, and the Wine Federation of Australia has told the ABC it doesn't rate as a big concern. From the big brands to family run vineyards, deals are happening all the time and no one seems too fussed about it. "Foreign investment has been a part of the Australian wine industry for at least 50 years," says Toby Langley, a director at the specialist wine brokerage firm Gaetjen Langley, based in Adelaide.
10/12/2013: Be where the people are
Andre Eikmeier has helped revolutionise the relationship between wine and wine lovers with his innovative (and occasionally outrageous) online approach and with Vinomofo – his latest vehicle – has proved a pioneer in finding a new generation of wine drinkers in cyberspace.
9/12/2013: December 2013 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The December issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker is out now – and is available online for all subscribers. This month the magazine brings you the latest in bird control, tractors, oak, wine additives, bottling and packaging and professional services.
9/12/2013: Grape and wine businesses asked to contribute to STEM skills shortage survey
How important are science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in your business? Now is the time to put your hand up if you think these skills help you to be competitive.
9/12/2013: Sydney Airport gets world's first Penfolds boutique
Treasury Wine Estates and The Nuance Group have unveiled a permanent standalone Penfolds store, hailed as a world first in wine and global travel retail according to the moodiereport.com.
9/12/2013: E-commerce puts its cyber stamp on Australian wine industry
YOU CAN’T SEE it, you’ve probably never heard of it, yet some of the biggest players in the Australian wine industry have signed up for it.
9/12/2013: Changing the vineyard for climate change
THE EXTREME EFFECTS of climate change are taking their toll on the viticulture industry, making the future of vineyards here and abroad uncertain.
6/12/2013: Wineries lift their e-commerce game
Australian wineries including McWilliam’s, De Bortoli, Angove and Howard Vineyard have embraced an emerging wine e-commerce platform which better equips them to bypass retailers and distributors and go direct to consumers online. Developed by Canada-based company BlackSquare, the Blackboxx wine e-commerce system was launched to the Australian market 16 months ago and has already been adopted by wineries across the nation.
6/12/2013: McLaren Vale wine producers set shining example for sustainable practice
South Australia's McLaren Vale is leading the nation in creating a sustainable wine industry. Nearly half the region's growers have joined the McLaren Vale Sustainable Winegrowing Australia program since it started in 2009. The only program of its kind in Australia has producers answering a series of questions to compile a report on the sustainability of their vineyards.
6/12/2013: TWE takes China wine hit: report
An eruption of wine discounting in China is threatening Treasury Wine Estates’ high margins in the country according to the Australian Financial Review. The report suggests the group’s biggest label, Penfolds, has been the subject of significant price cuts on the back of a government curb to extravagant banquets.
6/12/2013: Wine festival makes a comeback after bushfires
One of Victoria's most loved food and wine events, the Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival, is to return after being shelved because of the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The weekend festival which draws thousands of tourists will return from February 14 to 16, with more than 50 wineries, cider makers, beer brewers, cheesemakers and other food producers taking part.
5/12/2013: Elegant Chardonnays lead 'fightback' for maligned grape variety
The 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition has produced the most diverse range of Top 100 and blue-gold award winners in its 33 year history. More than 2000 wines were assessed by six Australian and seven international judges, with the 400 wines awarded the highest points re-judged with food, making it the most consumer friendly wine competition in Australia.
5/12/2013: Blog story: Australian industry looks to improve country's wine image
The Australian wine industry certainly has had its ups and downs. There was a time — not really that long ago — when it couldn’t miss. Everyone was touting its jammy Shiraz, then its oaky Chardonnays and finally its clever wines named after some cute critter known only to Australians.
5/12/2013: Australian wine makes a splash in the world’s media
The conversation about Australian wine has ramped up over the past couple of months in major export markets around the world as a result of Savour Australia 2013, Australia’s first global wine forum, held in Adelaide in September. Savour Australia 2013 has generated nearly 280 media mentions to date across print, television, radio and online channels talking about the event, the wines tasted, the food experiences, the diversity of Australian wines and regions, the regional visits and Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ food and wine positioning.
5/12/2013: Victorian-based viticulturist Kym Ludvigsen dies
Long-serving wine industry member Kym Ludvigsen has died following an accident in his Grampians vineyard on Tuesday afternoon. Survived by his wife Donna and children Sorren, Annika and their families, Ludvigsen’s career in the industry spanned nearly 40 years during which time he acquired vineyard management experience in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.
4/12/2013: Yalumba wins international sustainability award at SIMEI
Yalumba’s Cecil Camilleri was presented with the BRIT international award of excellence in sustainable winegrowing at the SIMEI sustainable viticulture and wine production conference in Milan. Yalumba is the first non-US winery to win this award.
4/12/2013: Wine export volumes dip
In the November issue of Rabobank’s Agribusiness Monthly it was reported Australian wine export volumes fell by 7 per cent in September compared to the same month last year. Australia’s major export markets remain mixed with bulk shipments to Canada experiencing strong gains and shipments to the US market declining further - now 20 per cent lower than a year ago.
4/12/2013: Grapegrowers struggle to get paid, according to survey
A two-year survey by the Wine Grape Council of South Australia has shown one in 10 grapegrowers receive late payments - or no payment at all - for their grapes. Council executive officer Peter Hackworth said growers need to take time to investigate the track record of potential buyers.
4/12/2013: Aussie wine brands pushed in UK
Australia’s biggest names in wine have participated in a relaunch of popular wine products in the UK with an appeal to British drinkers to recognise cheap grog does not mean poor quality. Wine Australia hosted a 'Big Brands' tasting at the Australian High Commission in London last Friday, attended by leading UK wine industry buyers and writers. The event featured wines from eight of the best-selling Australian brands in the UK.
4/12/2013: Blog story: Who’s the Boss?
Dr Paul Boss is inhaling the complex molecular bouquet of flavour in his role as research scientist in CSIRO’s Plant Industry, working in the laboratories on the Waite campus in South Australia. For the past decade Boss has been investigating the genes responsible for wine’s aroma and taste.
3/12/2013: Reducing grapegrower costs and sprays
Less chemicals, cheaper bills and an environmental boost. That's the vision driving a five-year wine grape study in Sunraysia. University of Queensland professor Andrew Hewitt said he's hoping to create a smart phone app which could offer individual advice for managing crops on a daily basis.
3/12/2013: d’Arenberg to host commercial solar power round table
McLaren Vale winery d’Arenberg has installed a new solar photovoltaic generator, with the 200kW system becoming the largest installed at a South Australian winery. The winery will host a round table today to discuss how other regional businesses can do the same.
3/12/2013: Aussie vintners taste success in China
Ten years after riding to the rescue of Peter Lehmann Wines, Swiss investment group Hess Family Estates is fending off a flurry of offers from Chinese investors wanting a slice of the well-regarded Barossa producer.
3/12/2013: Lindeman's to push Hunter connections
Australian company Lindeman’s is to focus on wines from the Hunter Valley as part of a drive to push the more premium, regional wines in its portfolio. Chief winemaker Wayne Falkenberg explained the Hunter Valley was the “birthplace” of Lindeman’s, hence the reason for pushing the region.
2/12/2013: Blog story: Wacky waving inflatable tubes save vineyards from grape-stealing birds
The tension between grapegrowers and hungry birds is at an all-time high. Standard-issue scarecrows have proven ineffective. Air cannons no longer startle. It’s time to call in the secret weapon. Summon the 'Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men'. The Wall Street Journal reported vineyard owners have turned to 20-foot-tall gyrating nylon tubes to keep grape-hungry birds at bay.
2/12/2013: Wine bottle caps increasingly damaged, expert Alison Eisermann-Ctercteko warns
The use of corks can lead to cork taint but new research has found more than 20 per cent of screw cap wine bottles end up with damaged caps which can cause chemical changes in wine. Eisermann-Ctercteko undertook a self-funded study of screw cap wine bottles across 22 stores in New South Wales, visually inspecting the tops for damage.
2/12/2013: Taylors poised for growth as dollar backs export lift
Clare Valley wine producer Taylors Wines has ridden the wave of a weakening Australian dollar and improving conditions in Europe to increase its full-year sales by 11 per cent, and is hoping a shortage of quality grapes in France will nudge buyers towards its doors. Taylors managing director Mitchell Taylor said there were growing fears among key distributors that iconic regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy would face significant supply constraints heading into the next vintage.
2/12/2013: Winery wins silver in tourism awards
Lowe Wines have helped put Mudgee on the map as a premier tourist destination, winning silver at the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards. This was the second year the winery had entered the tourism wineries, distilleries and breweries category and was placed within the top three of NSW’s best.
2/12/2013: Blog story: Paracombe rises from the ashes to the top
Paracombe Vineyard and Winery is the star of this year’s Adelaide Hills Wine Show, winning the wine show committee award of recognition to cap off an exciting 30th birthday year. The committee award recognises not just wine show success but also service to the region, community spirit, drive and dedication.
29/11/2013: Small producers hit back at wine industry report
Boutique wine producers say a new report, designed to restructure the industry, lacks detail and will benefit larger companies.The Winemakers Federation of Australia is finalising a raft of recommendations to the Federal Government which it says are essential if wine-making is to develop, or even survive, in Australia.
29/11/2013: Expanding export markets – picking a winner
Wine markets in Western developed economies have served Australia well over the past 20 years or more. But demographic trends, and slow economic growth compounded by a full-on recession have raised the profile of emerging markets as growth avenues for the future.
29/11/2013: Temperature rising on Australian wine industry
Temperature is one of the main environmental factors influencing vine physiology, berry composition and wine attributes. However, much of our understanding on the effects of temperature on vine physiology and berry composition has been gained from experiments under controlled conditions.
29/11/2013: Blog story: Norton Estate Wines a vine adventure
Had the Spence family accepted a consultant's report that said the soil was no good for vines; Norton Estate Wines would not have become Horsham's first vineyard in a century according to The Weekly Times. Don and Wendy Spence and their son, Chris, were so keen to try viticulture on the 35ha farm in the Lower Norton area, south-west of Horsham, that they ignored the consultant's advice.
28/11/2013: Blog story: The Visionary – who’s laughing now?
Once upon a time there was this strange man from the east who was being quietly mocked the length and breadth of the Clare Valley. He had snapped up 185ha at the southern end of the valley in 1969 and incredibly, nay, unbelievably, began planting masses of Cabernet Sauvignon (and a little bit of Shiraz as well).
28/11/2013: TWE seeks Supreme Court injunction to stop Mark Elliott accessing shareholder register
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has sought an injunction in the Supreme Court of Victoria against lawyer turned class-action specialist Mark Elliott to stop him accessing its shareholder register. TWE believes Elliott - a former partner with Minter Ellison who set up his own business pitching shareholder class actions - will use its register for improper purposes and to communicate with its shareholders to help build his lawsuit.
28/11/2013: New genomics partnership to shed light on mystery of wild wine ferments
Winemakers will gain new insight into the micro-organisms in their ferments thanks to a new partnership between the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and the University of New South Wales’ Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics. Grapes are transformed into wine by an entire ecosystem of yeasts and bacteria and their composition has a huge impact on the quality of the final product.
28/11/2013: Sirromet release first wine in 200ml bottles on newly-expanded production line
Queensland's Sirromet Wines yesterday released its first product in 200ml bottles to coincide with traditional high demand for sparkling wines for Christmas and summer. The bottles contain 1.7 standard drinks and were labeled and packaged on the company's newly-expanded sparkling production line at its Mount Cotton headquarters.
27/11/2013: Canadian e-commerce innovator takes Australian wine industry to cloud nine
In the past three years, Canada-based BlackSquare Inc. has become a trusted thought leader in best practices for direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine e-commerce, has established itself as a top innovator for the global wine and spirits industry and has deployed its Blackboxx wine e-commerce platform to wineries, wine clubs and retailers on four continents. In early 2012, BlackSquare began revolutionising Australian DTC wine e-commerce by launching its Blackboxx SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) cloud computing platform in South Australia.
27/11/2013: Barossa vineyards ripe for buying
Vineyard sales in South Australia’s Barossa Valley have been on the rise in recent months according to property firm Colliers International. The growing number of sales and enquiries in the region have come from both local and offshore buyers and range from vineyards of just several hectares all the way up to 100 hectares.
27/11/2013: Wine warning from former Treasury boss
Treasury Wine Estates' former CEO David Dearie has warned Australia's highly fragmented wine sector needed to consolidate to give it enough muscle to push back against supermarket duopolies Woolworths and Coles which were demanding fatter profits for themselves. Dearie reportedly told the Wine Vision 2013 conference in London that one unnamed Australian supermarket group had set out a goal of reaping 35 per cent margins from its sales of wine.
27/11/2013: Flaherty out as Treasury Wine restructures
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) this morning announced a restructure that has resulted in the departure of Chris Flaherty, the company’s Australia and New Zealand managing director. TWE chief executive Warwick Every-Burns revealed Flaherty and Asia managing director Anthony Davie would leave the company under the “much simpler and more effective structure”.
27/11/2013: Winemakers' Federation of Australia AGM held in Adelaide yesterday
Grapegrower & Winemaker spent yesterday afternoon at the Winemakers' Federation of Australia AGM at the Crowne Plaza, Adelaide. We listened to reports from president Tony D'Aloisio and chief executive Paul Evans, as well as a range of speeches from the committee, the GWRDC, Wine Australia, the AWRI, Woolworths Ltd, and Coles Group Ltd. Photos from the AGM will be posted on our Facebook page later today.
26/11/2013: ‘World’s leading wine brands too weak’ warns former Treasury CEO
Former Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) boss David Dearie warned Australian retailers Coles and Woolworths are turning the screw on the nation’s wine producers and insists the latter must consolidate to survive. Dearie was ousted as CEO in September and during a panel discussion at Wine Vision 2013 he insisted the world's top wine brands are too weak.
26/11/2013: Family values drive success at Pokolbin
Without an ounce of winemaking know-how in their family history, Ian and Merralea Scarborough have created a successful family-owned and operated business - Scarborough Wine Company - from the ground up. The Scarborough family has also gone against the trend in the Hunter Valley and opted to primarily produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines in what is traditionally a Shiraz and Semillon grapegrowing region.
26/11/2013: West Cape Howe crowned Royalty of Riesling
West Cape Howe Wines can now add a crown to the trophy cabinet after taking out the inaugural Royalty of Riesling title. Royalty of Riesling, the first event of its kind created by Mt Barker Wine Producers Association (MBWPA) aims to celebrate and promote the Riesling variety for which Mt Barker is well known.
26/11/2013: Wine glut to continue according to Australian Vintage
Listed wine group Australian Vintage has warned the oversupply problems which have made much of the sector unprofitable are likely to continue in coming years. Speaking at the company's annual general meeting in Sydney, chief executive Neil McGuigan said the 2013 national harvest of 1.83 million tonnes was almost 6 per cent above the average for the past six years and was "creating downward pressure on bulk wine sales prices".
26/11/2013: Blog story: Wine’s wild man rides into town
Alpha Box & Dice is short two vowels and a fistful of consonants. Big deal. Justin Lane, the man behind the brand, is talking so fast you would have no hope of knowing. This guy is literally jumping out of his skin with excitement about his wine, the wine of his friends, the wine he spilt last week, in fact any wine.
25/11/2013: Ice wine a first for WA
In a first for Western Australia, a south-west winery has created its own version of Canadian ice wine. Wilyabrup-based Fraser Gallop Estate converted many who had previously shunned dessert wines with its 2013 Ice Pressed Chardonnay during the Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival at the weekend. The wine-making process involves freezing whole bunches of Chardonnay grapes which allows only the most concentrated sugars to be pressed out.
25/11/2013: Margaret River region outstrips the rest of the country at National Wine Show
The Margaret River region has taken out the Len Evans memorial trophy for champion table wine and six trophies overall at the Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia announced last Thursday at Parliament House, Canberra. Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 took out the top award as well as picking up two other trophies - the ActewAGL Cabernet Sauvignon trophy and the Minter Ellison dry red table wine trophy.
25/11/2013: Buyer competition revives Barossa Valley vineyards
Confidence is returning to the Barossa Valley evidenced by local buyers accounting for 60 per cent of recent vineyard sales and land values starting to rise. Valuer Herron Todd White recently assessed the Barossa Valley as having bottomed out after a number of torrid years due to an oversupply of grapes, the high Australian dollar and general poor sentiment around the sector.
25/11/2013: Blog story: wine scientists harvest power of the Synchrotron
Some of Victoria’s best and brightest scientists are using some of Australia’s best and biggest technology to help turn the art of tannins in wine into a science. The scientists are using the Australian Synchrotron to assist with their world-leading research into the impact of grape tannins on wine.
International Wine Industry News
13/12/2013: Colorado wine industry triples in value (US)
It scored an F-grade for wine consumer friendliness this year, but the Coloradan wine industry is reportedly on the rise. Home to one of the world’s largest rodeos, the first trademarked cheeseburger, and the US Air Force Academy, Colorado doesn't instantly inspire thoughts of wine. However it has a burgeoning wine industry a new study shows.
13/12/2013: French wine-makers turn to mystic methods
A growing number of wine producers in France are embracing biodynamic viticulture - a mix of astrology and Chinese medicine methods - to enrich both their soil and their wine. But does this really mean better wine?
13/12/2013: Argentina must ditch industrial approach
Argentine winemakers need to ditch their industrial approach to winemaking in order to move forward and thrive, according to one key estate owner. Speaking to thedrinksbusiness.com in Mendoza recently, Juan Pelizzatti, co-owner of Chakana in Lujan de Cuyo said "the Argentine wine industry is maturing and getting to the point where it is ready to produce its most interesting results".
13/12/2013: Accolade Wines appoints John Ratcliffe as CEO (UK)
Hardys winemaker Accolade Wines has ended its year-long search for a chief executive by opting for experience in appointing John Ratcliffe to the position. Ratcliffe, who is best-known for helping to create one of the brighter periods in a chequered history for the Oddbins wine retailer in the UK will take his new post on 3 February next year.
13/12/2013: Christmas comes early for the NZ wine industry
Directors of Wine Competition Ltd - the company which owns and organises the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and Marlborough Wine Show - have established a trust to fund initiatives designed to enhance the success of the New Zealand wine industry.
13/12/2013: NZ strikes gold at international wine challenge
The International Wine Challenge on Monday announced the medal winners from the first tasting session of the 2014 competition, with 14 New Zealand wines receiving much coveted gold medals. Eight 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs were awarded the high accolade at the prestigious wine competition, showing the region in New Zealand’s South Island has the perfect conditions to create elegant and intense Sauvignons.
12/12/2013: Wineries have broader rules for activities (US)
Wineries in Oregon are allowed to hold weddings and other events that are prohibited on other farms under a recent court ruling. The Oregon Court of Appeals has held that state land use law bans large on-farm events that aren’t closely tied to the sale of farm products and agricultural education.
12/12/2013: Report says global wine shortage looming, local winemakers say not in Missouri (US)
A recent study found the global wine industry is short millions of cases of wine, but winemaker at Amigoni Urban Winery says they are not running low on homegrown wine. Instead they hope more people around the world will consider buying wine made in Missouri.
12/12/2013: Wine industry veterans see declining vineyard expansion (US)
As the largest wineries increase their vineyard holdings, industry veterans say future expansion of vineyards in Sonoma County may be minimal because there is little land left to plant.
12/12/2013: End of year sees 43 Chilean vineyards with Sustainability seal (Chile)
As the end of 2013 draws in, a total of 43 Chilean vineyards have been awarded the Sustainability seal so far. The National Sustainability Code is a program spearheaded by Wines of Chile that recognises companies meeting different environmental and social sustainability requirements throughout wine and grape production processes.
12/12/2013: Son's love helps produce top wine
The Schwarzenbach family in Tasman has released a wine that is special to 10-year-old son Thomas. Thomas's Treasure Dessert Riesling 2008 is named after him. It is also special because there's only one small barrel of it and it's already has a good review with wine consultant Michael Cooper awarding it five stars.
12/12/2013: World's first winery for sale for Bitcoin (US)
Mondo Cellars has become the first to accept Bitcoin for an equity partnership in its Paso Robles winery. This will be the first established winery to offer company shares to Bitcoin investors. Not only will Bitcoin investors receive an equity position in the winery but partners will receive many special benefits that are not available to the general public.
12/12/2013: New label design for Monkey Bay
New Zealand wine label, Monkey Bay, has revealed a new label design featuring a distinctive Koru pattern. The pattern is inspired by the New Zealand fern frond unfurling as it grows. Monkey Bay believes the new label will appeal to a wide consumer base, with consumer research showing strong ratings in both purchase intent and frequency.
11/12/2013: Pricey French wine missing from hotel (US)
DENVER — Six bottles of a rare French wine that could fetch thousands of dollars on the black market have been swiped from the wine cellar at a Denver Hotel.
11/12/2013: Symington acquires Douro vineyard after 100-year wait (Portugal)
The Symington family has bought a 30-hectare Douro estate it has been eyeing for the past century, shrugging off concerns about falling global Port consumption says decanter.com.
11/12/2013: Bordeaux en primeur buyers fear being priced out: Decanter report (France)
More than three quarters of Bordeaux en primeur buyers surveyed are concerned about being priced out of the market, according a new Decanter consumer report on the annual wine futures sale.
11/12/2013: Wine industry veterans see declining vineyard expansion (US)
As the largest wineries increase their vineyard holdings, industry veterans have told the Press Democrat future expansion of vineyards in Sonoma County may be minimal because there is little land left to plant. The land that remains doesn't have the water or the warmth to support premium vineyards, and regulations on hillside planting are strong enough to dissuade those who can't afford to clear those hurdles, many say.
11/12/2013: Raising the bar on South African wine
South Africa’s iconic winemakers have come together in a rare display of unity to create an association from which they can build South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and promote the Cape’s unique wine heritage.
11/12/2013: New buyer for winery found
A new buyer has been found for the Ascension Wine Estate after a previous deal fell through when the bidder failed to get approval from the Overseas Investment Office.
11/12/2013: Portugal’s vineyard retreat
The Douro Valley may produce the world's most famous fortified wines, but this green, terraced canyon in northern Portugal has more going for it than sugary vino. Recent decades have seen a significant uptick in quality table wine varietals as the Douro moves from its port-dominated past toward a future that locals believe may see the region becoming an Iberian Napa and destination for oenotourists from all over the world.
11/12/2013: New buyer for winery found (NZ)
A new buyer has been found for the Ascension Wine Estate after a previous deal fell through when the bidder failed to get approval from the Overseas Investment Office.
10/12/2013: High quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol wines focus of new program
New Zealand aims to be the world’s leading producer of high-quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol 'Lifestyle' wines, thanks to a new world-leading research program facilitated by a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) between the wine industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
10/12/2013: Marlborough's 'other' white highlight
Was it really just five years ago that many Chardonnay lovers said Marlborough winemakers would be hard pressed to rival the best from the North Island? Last month they had to drink their words.
10/12/2013: India cultivates wine tourism region outside Mumbai
In India, where whiskey is the alcoholic drink of choice and teetotalers exist by the legions, a wine culture has been almost nonexistent. Nashik (also Nasik), a picturesque area with deep green rolling hills about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Mumbai, is finally changing that perception says The New York Times. More than a half-dozen wineries with attractive tasting rooms and, in some cases, restaurants and accommodations, have opened here in the last several years and are turning this fertile valley into a popular oenophile destination for trendsetting Indians.
10/12/2013: World's five most surprising wine producing regions
BEING a wine-lover doesn't have to limit your travel options. These days wine is being produced in some of the world's most unlikely places says news.com.au, thanks to a combination of innovation, economics and changes in global temperatures. Here are five places you might not have considered for a wine-around-the-world itinerary: Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Moldova and Reunion.
10/12/2013: Wine no long part of Italians' 'basic diet'
In the past 25 years, wine "has become a hedonistic product, which is not part of Italians' basic diet anymore," Michele Fino, law professor and wine expert from the University of Gastronomic Studies in Pollenzo has told CBC News. That leaves it more exposed to short-term fluctuations in economic conditions. The two-year recession was like "the flu that arrives when one's defences are already low," Fino said.
10/12/2013: Indonesia wine dealer's US trial opens
The trial of Indonesian-born wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan opened in New York yesterday with prosecutors accusing him of masterminding a wildly lucrative fraud which saw ordinary bottles passed off as expensive vintages. The 37-year-old enjoyed a meteoric rise to become one of the world's most influential dealers of rare wines prior to his arrest, raking in millions of dollars which bankrolled a lavish lifestyle.
9/12/2013: Stars were aligned, so they bought a New Zealand vineyard
Many wine enthusiasts dream about owning a vineyard. Few turn those musings into reality. When Arlington, Massachusetts, resident Beth Ann Dahan, 47, told The Boston Globe she, her husband, and a business partner purchased 60 acres of vines in New Zealand, and recently produced 1,100 cases of pinot noir, people invariably ask, “Why New Zealand?”
9/12/2013: Matua relaunches with new positioning ‘Made With Real New Zealand’
Wine brand Matua has relaunched its brand with the new positioning ‘Made With Real New Zealand’ says online media and marketing website mumbrella.com.au. The brand relaunch, developed by Moon Communications Group, comprised the new positioning, a new look and a range of campaign executions. Moon also developed a new typeface for Matua.
9/12/2013: Big players dominate Sonoma County vineyard holdings (US)
For two centuries, farmers have worked the vineyards in Sonoma County, blending soil, sunshine, science and sweat to produce grapes that are used to create some of the world's top wines according to The Press Democrat. Today, there are 1500 farmers who grow the county's signature crop, selling their fruit to 550 local wineries or crushing it themselves to transform the juice into wines that are sold around the globe. But increasingly, the county's largest wineries, together with a small group of big growers, are taking control of the vineyards and the $400 million crop they yield each fall.
9/12/2013: So you want to own a vineyard (US)
THE DREAM OF owning a winery is one that many may harbor but few are actually able to fulfill. The expense is considerable and the odds of success are incredibly long. Yet The Wall Street Journal says the list of actors and athletes, financiers and film directors who aspire to see their name on a label simply goes on and on.
9/12/2013: French PM's pricey wine shipped to China unopened
A Chinese buyer said he shipped a high-priced bottle of wine he bought from the prime minister of France home to China without tasting it first according to UPI.
9/12/2013: As wine fakers get sharper, industry fights back (France)
SAINT-EMILION, France — An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the Saint-Emilion vineyard's CFO, they were clearly fakes — too new looking, not on the right kind of paper. But customers may be more easily duped according to a report on heraldonline.com.
9/12/2013: French red wine prices climb to highest since 1995
French prices for bulk red wine advanced for a fifth week to the highest since at least 1995 as two years of below-average production squeezed supply says BloombergBusinessweek.
6/12/2013: Smart warns of disease danger (UK)
Trunk disease represents the next great threat for the wine industry, posing a far greater risk than phylloxera, according to consultant viticulturist Dr Richard Smart. Speaking at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium in the UK, Smart’s warning formed the conclusion to his presentation on current and future sparkling wine regions.
6/12/2013: Region's wines thrive on being distinct (US)
There is a trend among Southern Oregon grapegrowers and winemakers to return to traditional methods which are ecologically sound and socially responsible in addition to being economically viable. The move to organic, sustainable and biodynamic cultivation and winemaking produces higher quality fruit and wines which better express the distinctiveness of the grape variety and its terroir.
6/12/2013: Russia could be "big prize" for wine sector says tobacco chief
The wine trade should follow the lead of the tobacco industry and target Russia as a key market for the future, according to Ian Johnstone of British American Tobacco (BAT). Speaking at the recent Wine Vision conference in London, Johnstone shared BAT’s experiences and lessons in tobacco retailing in Russia and Europe and said there was much the wine industry could learn from its experiences.
6/12/2013: California wine grape growers on red blotch virus alert (US)
Some California wine grape growers have seen red over the last several years in vineyards - not necessarily financial problems tied to a bank ledger - but reddening leaves on some vines which has the industry on alert. Grapevine red blotch associated virus, or GRBaV, is the latest virus facing the wine grape industry found in a limited number of blocks statewide with more suspected.
6/12/2013: Matua brings the "Real New Zealand" to the world
The winery which brought Sauvignon Blanc to New Zealand has relaunched its brand in a far reaching campaign which aims to remind consumers that Matua is made by the “Real New Zealand”. The brand relaunch was developed by Moon Communications Group and comprises a new positioning, look and feel as well as a range of campaign executions.
6/12/2013: Delegat's sees lift in 2014 profit, but high dollar hurting
Delegat's Group expects operating profit to rise by 10 per cent in 2014, though it warns a high kiwi dollar may hurt earnings. Net operating earnings are expected to rise to $29 million in the 12 months ending 30 June 2014 from $26.3 million a year earlier, managing director Jim Delegat told shareholders at yesterday's annual meeting in Auckland.
5/12/2013: World map of wine to be turned on its head warns Dr Richard Smart (UK)
“The wine business is the canary in the cage for world agriculture because it so sensitive to change,” Dr Richard Smart told delegates at the 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium held at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey. Currently based in Cornwall, renowned viticulturist Smart consults in over 30 countries. He acknowledged all grapes have the potential to make sparkling wine but "not all are distinguished".
5/12/2013: New Zealand and France hit International Wine Challenge’s top spot
In the first November tasting session of the International Wine Challenge, New Zealand wines – including Sauvignon Blancs and sparklings – shone, scooping 14 gold medals. It was second to France which took home 15 gold medals.
5/12/2013: EU wine producers in limbo as China probe continues
Bordeaux's wine council hopes the French prime minister's visit to China this week will help ease tension over an ongoing anti-dumping investigation into European wine shipments, but a quick resolution looks unlikely. The Chinese government's anti-dumping probe continues to cast a shadow on European Union (EU) wine producers, even though a deal to resolve the issue which sparked it - tariffs on solar panels entering the EU from China - was this week rubber-stamped by the council of EU state ministers.
5/12/2013: High-tech robotic wine: the future of winemaking (US)
California's Hall Vineyard is one of the first in Napa Valley to utilise optic technology to replace hand sorting grapes. A robot takes pictures at 10,000 frames per second and analyses the grapes instantly, only selecting the ones which meet winemaker Steve Leveque's programmed specifications.
5/12/2013: Argentina is no 'one-trick pony’ according to top producer
While it may have built its reputation on Malbec, Argentina is no one-trick pony when it comes to wine, according to one of the country’s top boutique producers. Speaking to thedrinksbusiness.com at his estate in the Pampas, owner of Bodegas Riglos Dario Werthein said "we’ve put our energy into Cabernet Franc to show Argentina is no one trick pony".
5/12/2013: NZ film meets NZ wine
As a long-time supporter of the New Zealand arts, Villa Maria has signed on as a sponsor to the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2013 (known as The Moas). Villa Maria’s name is synonymous with award winning quality, so it is fitting the winery sponsored the NZ Film Awards with naming rights on the best actor and best actress awards.
4/12/2013: Cultivating a wine region in India
In India a wine culture has almost been nonexistent but the Nashik region, located two-and-a-half hours from Mumbai, is finally changing that perception. More than half a dozen wineries with tasting rooms, restaurants and accommodation have opened in the past few years and are turning this fertile valley into a popular oenophile destination for trendsetting Indians.
4/12/2013: China is the most ‘promising’ market for Portuguese Wine
Portugal is now the seventh largest wine exporter to China and many Portuguese winemakers believe China is their “most promising market”. Forty-seven Portuguese wine retailers attended last month’s ProWein China 2013 to promote the varieties and quality of Portuguese wines, according to Xinhua News.
4/12/2013: New World wine gains recognition in China
A new wine consumption trend is taking place in China with New World countries becoming increasingly popular. With the rising cost of French wine and the tax concessions of Chilean wine, China will import more wine from new world countries such as Chile, according to a De Xuan Liquor Company spokesperson.
4/12/2013: Wineries hedge against foreign-exchange swings (US)
Foreign currency volatility can be a challenge for any California winery trading abroad. Whether importing barrels or bulk wine, the lack of certainty in US dollar costs can adversely impact a winery’s bottom line. As a result of sharp valuation undulations between the US dollar and euro, California wineries have turned to foreign-exchange hedging products such as forward contracts to protect their profit margins.
4/12/2013: New Zealand winery Invivo ditches 'winespeak gobbledegook'
New Zealand winemaker Invivo is ditching “winespeak gobbledegook” in favour of a humorous campaign which aims to connect with consumers. The campaign, which will air on radio and be plastered on billboards and Facebook aims to focus on the fact that its wines taste like "really good wine" rather than "hints of over-ripe gooseberry".
4/12/2013: Young winery boosts capacity (NZ)
A Riverlands Estate winery had such a successful 2013 vintage that it is expanding after only one year in business. VinLink Marlborough, which makes wine for other companies, finished pouring the concrete of their new cellar on Monday, taking its capacity to 20,000 tonnes.
3/12/2013: Winemaker wins farm competition (NZ)
Marlborough winemaker and entrepreneur Peter Yealands has been named the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year. The Simpson family from Balmoral Station at Lake Tekapo were runners-up in the competition, held at Port Lincoln last week.
3/12/2013: Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels wine a big hit in Hong Kong (NZ)
Leading media, trade and educators from Hong Kong came together at Dot Cod in Hong Kong last week for an exclusive opportunity to taste the 2011 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection. Independently selected by Andrew Caillard MW, the 12 red wines chosen served as a unique snapshot of the 2011 vintage.
3/12/2013: Koshu to make debut at Prowein 2014
The Japanese wine Koshu is to make its debut appearance at next year’s ProWein in Düsseldorf. The German wine exhibition already offers one of the largest arrays of wine from around the world but until now Japan’s “national grape” had not been among them.
3/12/2013: Metro Group looks to drive wine growth in Russia
Metro Group, the world’s fifth largest retail operation, is looking to widen its reach across Russia - the company’s second largest wine market after France - and urged delegates at last month’s Wine Vision to seriously invest in the country.
3/12/2013: France's national library of grape varieties under threat, warn protesters
Plans in France to relocate a living library of 7,000 wine grape varieties, some dating back to 1876, have come under fire from protesters who fear some may not survive the journey. An online petition set up to prevent the move of the library, which holds wine grape varieties from 40 countries, gained nearly 4,000 signatures by the end of Friday 29 November.
3/12/2013: Positive outlook for California wine harvest (US)
Following a warm and dry spring with near ideal conditions for bringing grapes to maturity, the harvest was remarkably smooth and wineries are at capacity working with some very high quality winegrapes, according to the California Wine Institute.
2/12/2013: Taiwan tariff cuts kick in for NZ exports
New Zealand food and wine exporters are expected to gain tens of millions of dollars with a new trade deal now in place with Taiwan. Under the agreement tariffs will be removed from milk powder, cheese, butter, apple, cherry and wine exports to Taiwan according to primary industries minister Nathan Guy.
2/12/2013: New winery in time for 2014 vintage (NZ)
A 6000-tonne capacity winery for Babich Wines will be operational in time for the 2014 vintage, according to managing director Joe Babich. Offices are being completed in the 4000 sq m winery at the Cloudy Bay Business Park south of Blenheim and the project is both on-time and on-budget.
2/12/2013: US and France to tie up with wine makers in India
The Indian wine industry has achieved such success that countries including the US and France want a share of the pie. Indian Grape Wine Production Board chair Jagdish Holkar announced the partnership during the first wine festival of central India at the weekend.
2/12/2013: Burgundy to consider increasing plantings (France)
Two consecutive low volume vintages in Burgundy may mean the region needs to plant more vineyards to solve a current supply-demand imbalance. In a discussion with Louis-Fabrice Latour in London last week, the president of Beaune-based grower and négociant Maison Louis Latour said he “wished” Burgundy was able to produce more wine following the small 2012 and 2013 harvests.
2/12/2013: Dijon spends $1.7m of city's funds on vineyard (France)
Already renowned for its mustard production, the city of Dijon is now trying to cement its position as a wine centre. The city council announced it has purchased a 160 ha vineyard and farm with the aim of “consolidating its status and its image as a winemaking city.”
2/12/2013: Snow storms hit producers and vines in central Italy
Up to 60cm of snow which fell on Monday and Tuesday last week has caused extensive damage to vineyards in Abruzzo, central Italy. Although the snow itself didn't come as a surprise, it was the quantity, coupled with strong winds of up to 160km an hour which caused major damage to the vines.
2/12/2013: Master sommelier Ronan Sayburn launches wine academy (UK)
Master sommelier Ronan Sayburn has launched his own wine academy in London offering training for those studying from WSET level 2 to master of wine and master sommelier exams. Sayburn, who is one of 214 master sommeliers in the world, will run the academy from immediate effect.
29/11/2013: Trust announces Christmas present for the New Zealand wine industry
Directors of Wine Competition Ltd, the company which owns and organises the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and Marlborough Wine Show, have established a trust to fund initiatives designed to enhance the success of the New Zealand wine industry. Margaret Cresswell and Belinda Jackson established Wine Competition Ltd in 2011 as an independent company which owns and organises wine competitions and associated events in New Zealand.
29/11/2013: Canadian firm buys Washington vineyard land for US$16m
A Canadian investment group has beaten off competition from several wineries to secure 670 acres of prime vineyard land in Washington State for more than $US16 million according to decanter.com. Aquilini Investment Group, owner of the Vancouver Canucks National Hockey League team, fought off dozens of other bidders including Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Vineyards to secure all 31 lots of unplanted land in Saturday’s five-hour auction in Pasco, Washington.
29/11/2013: Bordeaux's Taillan buys full control of Osoyoos Larose (France)
Bordeaux's Groupe Taillan is aiming to make Osoyoos Larose 'the best wine in Canada' after buying out joint venture partner Constellation Brands. Groupe Taillan, owners of Château Gruaud Larose, paid an undisclosed sum to joint venture partner Constellation Brands to acquire 100 per cent of the project’s brand name, stocks, viticultural and winemaking team, and 32 hectares of vineyards planted to Bordeaux varietals in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
29/11/2013: Laws threaten industry distribution and profit margins (US)
The US Wine and Spirits Wholesaling industry is a key part of the supply chain for wine and spirits which is protected by the federal three-tier distribution system for alcohol. The three-tier system requires producers to sell alcoholic beverages to distributors, who can then sell them to retailers -only retailers may sell directly to consumers.
29/11/2013: New app makes it easier for wineries to market business through social media (US)
Newly released social network and wine tasting app Wine Trail Adventures is already starting to have a big impact on how wineries are marketing their winery and how they are using social media. After the launch of the website last week, over 500 wineries have already claimed their free account on the website and they are starting to see an impact.
29/11/2013: PLB ties up New Zealand wine distribution deals
UK distributor PLB is to widen its New Zealand portfolio after securing three of the country's vineyards in distribution agreements. The West Sussex-based firm said it will take over Babich Wines in January and Misha’s Vineyard in March next year.
28/11/2013: Twelve jobs go as TWE closes Marlborough plant
Twelve people have lost their jobs on the bottling line of Matua Marlborough Winery to create more space for wine production. Australian-based company Treasury Wine Estates will be consolidating its New Zealand packaging operation into its Auckland facilities after December 20.
28/11/2013: The Wine Advocate confirms high ratings of Destiny Bay Cabernet Sauvignon blends (NZ)
Waiheke Island's Destiny Bay Vineyards said an analysis of all New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon blends by The Wine Advocate reveals the combined average rating of Destiny Bay’s Magna Praemia and Mystae blends rank them as number one. The analysis includes 112 wines from 19 producers with at least three wines rated from 1996 to 2011.
28/11/2013: Science serves up a sulfur substitute (US)
Researchers at Penn State University believe they have found an additive known as a chelator which can help to prevent oxidation in wine. The study found by adding compounds which bind to the iron – such as phytic acid (found naturally in grape juice) – oxidation in wine was prevented.
28/11/2013: Sequencing study lifts veil on wine’s microbial terroir (US)
A study led by UC Davis researchers found grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen microbial terroir, shaped by the climate and geography of the region, vineyard and even individual vines. Results from DNA sequencing revealed there are patterns in the fungal and bacterial communities which inhabit the surface of wine grapes influenced by vineyard environmental conditions.
28/11/2013: Chinese viticulture hampered by high costs
Viticultural conditions in China make fine wine production difficult and bulk wine production expensive according to China Wine Association vice general secretary Li Demei. Despite saying China “will become another big wine country” at a conference on industry trends at the HKTDC Wine & Spirits fair, he highlighted a number of drawbacks to growing grapes in the country.
28/11/2013: Majority of Champagne is not being sold "well" says Taittinger chief (France)
Up to 70 per cent of Champagne around the world is not being sold “well” and major houses need to step up their act to protect the category according to the head of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger. He said of the 300 million bottles of Champagne sold around the world each year, only 85 to 90 million are "well sold".
27/11/2013: Brancott Estate Heritage Centre wins tourism award (NZ)
The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre in Marlborough has been awarded a 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism accolade - the only New Zealand cellar door to win this prestigious award. The heritage centre which is home to Brancott Estate wines is located at Brancott Vineyard - the site of the original Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough.
27/11/2013: High quality, low calorie wines focus of new program (NZ)
New Zealand aims to be the world’s leading producer of high quality, low calorie and low alcohol lifestyle wines, thanks to a new world-leading research program facilitated by a Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) between the wine industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The program is the largest research and development project undertaken by New Zealand’s wine industry and is designed to position New Zealand as number one in the world for premium lifestyle wines.
27/11/2013: Wine centre will support a growing state industry (US)
Washington's wine industry is about to pop the cork on a brand new, state-of-the-art research facility. A ceremony was held in September for the new Wine Science Centre - a research facility located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland.
27/11/2013: Canei Wines fizz up the UK market
Manchester-based Myliko Wines has partnered with Italian brand Canei to become its exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland wine markets. Currently distributed across Europe and South Africa, the Canei range consists of a white and rosé varietal with a selection of fruit flavoured frizzante wines completing the portfolio.
27/11/2013: School of Wine & Spirits Business launched (France)
The first international institution fully dedicated to education and research in wine and spirits management has officially launched. The School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWSB) has been set up by the Burgundy School of Business and offers four academic programs, a specialised research centre and 10 tenured lecturers. It aims to become an international reference in academic terms as well as the go-to institute for professionals from the wine and spirits industries.
27/11/2013: Proposed federal budget raises concerns about excise taxes on wine (US)
When talks resume in January on the president’s 2014 budget proposal, there are people in the industry who fear an excise tax increase on wine could be included as a means to add revenue to the federal coffers. In its present form, the president’s proposal contains no new taxes on wine but WineAmerica communications director Michael Kaiser said the budget is a fluid document.
27/11/2013: Why China may solve - not cause - the global wine shortage
News reports have been striking fear into the hearts of oenophiles across the world with tales of how skyrocketing Chinese wine demand is going to exacerbate an ongoing worldwide wine shortage. While there are several factors influencing a current shortage, China’s growing love for wine may be the future solution - not the cause.
27/11/2013: Blog story: Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV takes top spot at Air NZ Wine Awards
A sparkling wine from Marlborough has been awarded top honours at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, making it the third sparkling wine in the award's 27-year history to take out the coveted prize. The Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV received the prestigious Air New Zealand champion wine of show at the gala dinner held in Queenstown at the weekend.
27/11/2013: Ancient wine unearthed (Israel)
Archaeologists have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel and chemical analysis has revealed the sophistication of the period’s wine-making techniques. Samples from the ceramic jars suggest they held a luxurious beverage evidently reserved for banquets, researchers said.
26/11/2013: Shanghai set to become most influential wine investment market (China)
Shanghai is to become the next international wine hub and one of the most influential wine investment wine markets in the world according to experts at last week’s Shanghai Free Trade Zone Wine Investment and Transaction Summit. China has become the world’s fifth-largest wine consuming country and is expected to become the number one wine consuming country in 2016, a spokesperson from Shanghai Wine Monopoly Bureau told the Yangtze Evening Post.
26/11/2013: Biodynamic winemaker prosecuted for not treating vines with insecticide (France)
A biodynamic winemaker in Beaune has been threatened with a €30,000 (AU$44,282) fine and six months in prison for not treating his vines against the flavesence dorée disease. The disease has affected vineyards across France and has been present in Burgundy since 2011.
26/11/2013: Record wine harvest at UK’s Chapel Down points to a vintage year
English wine producer Chapel Down has reported a record harvest courtesy of the warm, prolonged summer. Although the growing season was set back by a few weeks due to cold, spring weather, Chapel Down’s output was more than double from last year's harvest.
26/11/2013: Producers urged to push sweeter sparkling wines in China
The sparkling market in China could be significantly enlarged by promoting sweeter sparkling wines, according to leading wine experts. Nuno Terrao, export director of Russian sparkling wine producer Abrau Durso said Chinese consumers had shown a strong preference towards its own and other Russian sweeter sparkling wines shown at this month's Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.
26/11/2013: Harrop goes solo in New Zealand
International wine consultant Sam Harrop MW has embarked on a private project to show off the quality of New Zealand’s “under-rated” Auckland region. Having leased vineyards on Waiheke Island at the northern end of the country, Harrop has produced “seven or eight barrels” of Chardonnay this year and plans to start making Syrah in 2014.
26/11/2013: Researchers test new polyphenol analysis (Canada)
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia at Okanagan have developed and tested a new method for analysing the polyphenolic content of wine. Named “shotgun polyphenomics”, this high-throughput analysis technique has been shown to provide details regarding the polyphenolic content of a wine which could have multiple applications in the winery as well as in the advancement of wine research.
26/11/2013: Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV takes top spot at Air NZ Wine Awards
A sparkling wine from Marlborough has been awarded top honours at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, making it the third sparkling wine in the award's 27-year history to take out the coveted prize. The Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV was awarded the air New Zealand champion wine of show at the gala dinner held in Queenstown on Saturday night. The wine also won the Wineworks champion sparkling wine trophy.
25/11/2013: Sparkling wine and chardonnay win Air NZ wine awards
A sparkling wine followed by a Chardonnay have taken out the top awards in the prestigious Air New Zealand wine awards held on Saturday night in the resort city of Queenstown. An international audience of 500 wine industry guests, judges and wine writers attended the presentation of 18 trophies and 51 gold medals for wines selected from 1379 entries.
25/11/2013: Wine makers urged to guard their brands (South Africa)
Legal experts say winemakers, especially small producers, should register trademarks over their wine grapes as well as their wines, following a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment last week. The judgment found registering a trademark over wine would not offer protection if someone else started selling wine grapes under a similar name.
25/11/2013: What makes Chinese consumers tick?
Understanding why Chinese consumers purchase Western goods is vital for Australian businesses looking to expand their exports to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, according Charles Sturt University (CSU) professor of marketing Steve D’Alessandro. He said culture is an important factor influencing decisions when Chinese buyers select their purchases.
25/11/2013: Group aims to promote women vintners and educate women about wine (US)
Although a waiter may put the cheque in the middle of the table acknowledging today a woman is just as likely as a man to pay the bill, odds are great the wine list will still be handed to the gentleman. The assumption is that choosing wine is something men know about while a woman, left unguided, will simply order a glass of white wine. But according to the Wine Market Council, women buy 60 per cent of all wine in the country.
25/11/2013: Wine grape crop crushes record (US)
Washington farmers grew another record-breaking crop of wine grapes this year as wineries push to fill the demand created by a growing US thirst. The harvest is up 16 per cent from last year's record. Estimates put the total amount of wine grapes crushed at almost 218,000 tons, said the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers executive director Vicky Scharlau.
25/11/2013: Marlborough Pinot Noir triumphs in Wine Specator’s Top 100 (NZ)
American wine journal the Wine Spectator has awarded global recognition to two Marlborough Pinot Noirs. Greywacke Pinot Noir 2011 and Astrolabe Pinot Noir 2010 ranked 48th and 60th respectively - the only New Zealand wines in the magazine’s annual, internationally coveted Top 100 list.