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News posted on Friday, 11 November 2011

Ex-grapegrowers needed for new project
South Australia’s wine council is inviting grapegrowers who have exited the wine industry to participate in a project that will help other growers who are considering doing the same. The Wine Grape Council of South Australian Wine Grape Council is running a project, with funding from PIRSA, and is asking grapegrowers who have quit the industry in the past three years to talk about their decision-making process

November Grapegrower & Winemaker out now
The November 2011 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker is now available. This month, we acknowledge the people who help drive our grape and wine industry, as well as release the results of our first national Closure Survey.

Diplomat tour to show off our state
SA will be on show to almost 100 ambassadors from across the world during a three-day tour next year. The Advertiser reports delegates are expected to tour Olympic Dam, Woomera Prohibited Area, Techport and Tonsley Park, as well, there will be food and wine tours to showcase the state's wine regions

China's wine industry ripens as local thirst grows
Even as Chinese consumers further develop their taste for fine French wines, producers in China itself are upping their game with wines that have made great strides over the last decade, said wine expert Jancis Robinson. Reuters reports Chinese demand for imported wine remains massive, but the country is now also among the top five growers of grapevines in the world.

The A+ Australian Wine Celebration: are you involved?
Next year’s A+ Australian Wine Celebration from 12-29 April has attracted event registrations from around the country, with more than 40 events across 30 wine regions and capital cities already signed up to be a part of the celebrations. But Wine Australia would like to see more regions join in and has extended its registration period to November 25, 2011.

Strong showing from Aussie winemakers
Asia's largest liquor event, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, attracted 40 Australian exhibitors this year and 18 percent more Australian buyers compared to 2010, reports The Shout. "This year, the fair registered record numbers for both exhibitors and buyers," said Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) deputy executive director Benjamin Chau.

NSW vineyard pioneers Italian grapes
A vineyard in Young in southern NSW is producing grape varieties that aren't grown anywhere else in Australia. ABC Online reports the Rondinella and the Corvina vines were established 12 years ago. They're grown by Dr Brian Freeman, who says the granite soils at his vineyard are very similar to those in northern Italy where the grapes come from.

Before you blame the wine
I was working a sommelier shift a few weeks back and, at one of the tables, a young woman told me that she couldn’t drink wine because the sulphites gave her migraines, writes Bill Zacharkiw, in the Montreal Gazette. I asked her if she was sure it was a sulphite intolerance and she replied that she was told that the headaches are caused by sulphites.

Who is stealing Germany's grapes?
It's a ripening mystery: Who's stealing the wine grapes of Germany? Thieves raiding lucrative southern German vineyards have made off with a minor fortune in fruit over more than a dozen forays under the cover of darkness, reports Associated Press. Vintners have increased their vigilance, posted guards and sought help from the police, but so far, the thieves have made off without a trace.

France set to overtake Italy as top wine producer
France is set to overtake Italy to reclaim its title as the world's top wine producer this year, according to estimates from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine OIV. Reuters reports, helped by favourable weather conditions, France's production is forecast to rise by 9 percent, correcting a slump last year and allowing it to regain the crown it lost to its southern European neighbour four years ago

Prosecco region 'to grow fivefold' (Italy)
The Prosecco region estimates it will grow to almost five times its current size by 2035. The Italian sparkling wine producing region forecasts production volumes will reach one billion bottles within the next 25 years, according to figures revealed at Hong Kong's Wine Future conference. The region currently produces 220m bottles each year reports Decanter.com.

Winemaking in New Zealand thriving
The past decade has seen rampant consolidation in the wine industry, as the successful boutique wineries were swallowed up by the previous century’s successful boutique wineries such as Moët and Veuve Clicquot. One now owned by Veuve is a pioneering New Zealand house called Cloudy Bay, reports The Press-Citizen.com