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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.
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.
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.
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.
THE EXTREME EFFECTS of climate change are taking their toll on the viticulture industry, making the future of vineyards here and abroad uncertain.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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".
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.
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.