• Talijancich Wines: family comes first for winemaker

    IT IS going to be a very Talijancich Christmas for the third-generation family of Swan Valley winemakers. It was a very busy but exciting year for the Herne Hill winery, which took out a host of awards at the Swan Valley Wine Show Awards in August, including Wine of the Show for the Julian James White Liqueur. However, for head winemaker James Talijancich, nothing is more important than family. “All of our four kids, who are aged between 23 and 30, will be home for Christmas this year,&rdq
  • Rockburn Wines appoints Rebecca Poynter as new GM

    Rockburn Wines is pleased to announce that Rebecca Poynter has been appointed as their new General Manager, following the resignation of Paul Donaghy who, after six years with the winery, is leaving to pursue new projects. Ms. Poynter has extensive wine industry experience in general management, sales, marketing, FMCG and export market development for Australian and New Zealand wineries, and will return from over ten years in Australia to take up this position. “I am excited to be returnin
  • NZ winery reveals plans for ‘vineyard village’

    A New Zealand winery has unveiled plans for a vineyard village in Central Otago, which if approved will result in the development of a community complex featuring residential accommodation and commercial outlets within a working vineyard. Founded in 2002, the Wooing Tree Vineyard is a family-owned and operated vineyard in Cromwell, Central Otago. Its owners, Geoff and Jane Bews and Steve and Thea Farquharson, are hoping to build the ‘Wooing Tree Estate’ within the 26-hectare vineyard
  • McLaren Vale making ‘best grenache’ in OZ

    Producers in the McLaren Vale are united in their opinion that they are currently making the best expressions of Grenache in Australia at the moment. Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to the region, Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg was the first to throw down the gauntlet. “I think the McLaren Vale is the best place for Grenache in Australia right now. It’s so fragrant and is halfway between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côte Rôtie in style. “M
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  • Heathcote wineries to benefit

    Australian Vignerons has welcomed the recent announcement by Canberra in regard to reform of the wine equalisation (WET) rebate. And so will the Heathcote wine region’s many small family-owned and operated wineries, for whom the rebate was originally intended. Well-intentioned changes in the 2016 budget to redress unintended consequences of the rebate created concerns across the wine industry, in relation to the eligibility criteria and outcomes. “Thankfully, the government has liste
  • Climate change battle heats up for Australian winemakers

    When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia state, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes. The crops survived, but the extreme weather last year was a reminder of how climate change can hurt a resurgent $2 billion export industry boosted by Chinese thirst for Australian premium red wine. "I've been here for 20 years ... and we're seeing more severity in the weather," winemaker James Sweetapple told at his vineya
  • A bug’s life for sustainability? It’s only natural,

    As one of Australia’s premier wine producers, Adam Torpy knows the importance of preserving the natural value of the land. And he’s enlisted an unlikely insect army to help. It was after visiting a vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley with his family that 16-year-old Adam Torpy learnt the lesson that still drives him today. Even though he was not legally allowed to drink, the future wine executive immediately realised how the natural landscape was intimately entwined with what c
  • Premium Fresh Seafood

    Those who appreciate quality seafood and service know all about Christie’s Seafood. Every day – except Christmas Day – it’s sharing Australasia’s finest fresh and live seafood with everyone at the world-famous Sydney Fish Market. But if battling the horde of shopping fans and keen foodies at the fish market is not your ideal way to spend a Saturday morning, you can enjoy the same quality and premium selection here. Fresh fish, shellfish, oysters, lobsters, prawns an
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  • Sydney Pizza Lovers Alert: The Famous Christmas Pizza Giving the Gift of Shelter

    **Available Fratelli Fresh Sydney unit 31st DecemberLevel 5 Westfield Sydney CBD & World Square Shopping Centre George St
     
     Fratelli Famous Pizzeria has added a limited-edition, black-crusted Christmas pizza to its menu for the duration of December to raise money for international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox.
    $1 from every large Famous Christmas pizza sold will be donated to ShelterBox, which provides temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families, includi
  • Wine industry conference alliance to continue

    The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc. (AWITC) announced today that they will continue their partnership to deliver a combined business and technical conference for the Australian wine industry in Adelaide in July 2019. This announcement follows the very successful alignment of the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and WFA’s Outlook Conference in July 2016.
  • Tim James: on the significance of fashion in wine

    Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps there is none except for the degree of endurance. This is much more of a problem for wine-growers than wine-marketers, of course, because planting a vineyard is a costly business, and it takes some three years for a vineyard to become productive. Should a grower now, for example, rip out the pinotage and plant fashionable grenache or cinsaut?
  • Pinot takes centre stage at NZ annual tasting

    Pinot Noir will be the focus at January’s New Zealand Annual Trade tasting at Lindley Hall, London, New Zealand Winegrowers has announced. he announcement of what will be one of the first major London tasting of 2017 comes as new figures from New Zealand Winegrowers’ Export Report reveal that Pinot Noir exports to the UK are up 10% (October MAT), revealing an increased appetite and opportunity for the variety in the UK market. New Zealand wine exports reached a record high of $1.54 b
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  • Pinot Gris Virus in More Napa Vineyards

    Grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) has been detected in vineyards in 14 locations in Napa County, but not in other California vineyard locations to date, based on initial findings from a statewide survey started in 2016 and funded through an American Vineyard Foundation research grant. These findings and an update on GPGV were presented by Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih, diagnostic and research lab director at Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at the University of California, Davis, during a day-long extensi
  • It’s been a great vintage!

    Ken Helm stands down as Chairman of Canberra International Riesling Challenge after 16 years. After 16 years the founding Chairman of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), Ken Helm AM has stepped down from the role having led and developed the Challenge since its inception. Ken will remain on the CIRC Board, ensuring that his extensive knowledge of the event and the wine industry is not lost to the Challenge. “The CIRC is now bigger than one person and is internationally re
  • Fast online liquor delivery service launched in Hamilton

    Alcohol can now be delivered to a Hamilton doorstep in an hour with a few mouse clicks. Divneet? Bindra came up with the idea for Brewbound, his online alcohol delivery service, while working at his family-owned liquor store. Like clothes, groceries and late-night pizza cravings, the 20 year old thought there just might be a demand. He noticed most liquor delivery services in New Zealand took a couple of days and he wanted to push the on-demand boundaries. "I noticed lots of different people sto
  • Cheap wine is not a concern

    Have you ever seen some seriously cheap bottles of wine at major supermarket retailers and wondered how smaller vineyards survive in a market where there is such disparity? Luckily for many winemakers in the Goulburn Valley, cheaper wines do not seem to be hurting their business. Colbinabbin’s Whistling Eagle Vineyard owner Ian Rathjen said low-cost bottles sold at Coles and Woolworths liquor stores were of no consequence to him because he was not competing in the same market.
  • Adelaide Uni looks to expand winery

    The university has flagged plans to more than double the size of its training winery, which is already the biggest of its kind in Australia. The expansion plan includes space for a distillery and a small brewery. Professor of Oenology and director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production Vladimir Jiranek said the University of Adelaide’s winemaking degree touched on distilled beverages as an elective subject. The existing winery, opened in 1996, has been the centrepiece of
  • Weeds big topic at organic field day

    Increased herbicide resistance in ryegrasses and weeds will be a real threat to farming and viticulture in the future, says scientist Dr Charles Merfield, of the BHU (Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust) Future Farming Centre at Lincoln University.
    He was speaking at a Southern Organic Group field day on Bruce and Merril Catto's Waipahi property in front of 115 people on November 23.
    Organiser Allan Richardson said the theme of the event was ''Growing great crops and pastures with less chem
  • Plucking the foreign goose

    The morning news on the ABC network featured blondes, and more blondes, riding a derelict van along a non-descript street in sunny Australia. It did not matter who they were, or even where they were. They were simply “backpackers”, the sort of culturally designated code for all that is money, and all that is budget. Accustomed to the politics of plunder, the Australian budget minders have been wondering how best to cut hands that feed them over the years. Of late, the only story that
  • Pernod Ricard lauded for corporate responsibility

    Drinks company Pernod Ricard has secured the top spot in Vigeo Eiris’ international corporate responsibility index for September 2016. It was awarded for its environmental protection policies and its mitigation of products' 'societal impacts', the company announced last week.
    It currently possesses an ‘A-’ grade from the UK’s Carbon Disclosure Project for its actions to better manage climate change, which include its pledge to reduce CO2 emissions per unitproduced on prod
  • Martinborough vineyards contaminated by spray-drift

    Up to eight vineyards in Martinborough have reported damage to vines, and some could experience significant crop losses. Samples have been collected by the Greater Wellington Regional Council to try to discover exactly what has caused the damage, but some wineries suspect the cause is most likely to be agricultural spray-drift. The regional council confirmed it was investigating an incident reported on November 21 relating to a helicopter in the area several weeks before. The council said sample
  • China still a ‘big question mark’

    Despite Asia now accounting for 30% of its exports, Gaja, one of Italy’s most well-known wineries, still finds the Chinese market something of a puzzle, admitted Gaia Gaja.
    Speaking to dbHK during her Hong Kong trip to launch the new 2013 vintage, the capable heiress confessed that even after 15 years in China, the winery still faces hurdles to expand its share in the market, hampered by the country’s market segmentation, a result of different drinking cultures and distribution netwo
  • Blossom Hill: Emphasis on fizz for wine re-brand

    Treasury Wine Estates is re-naming its Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom range in order to stress bubbles over fruit. Investment has been funnelled into the sparkling range which will be known as Blossom Hill Spritz. The ingredients won’t change, but the name and packaging have undergone a refresh in order to better match the name and the product, “namely a slightly bubbly, refreshing, lighter proposition, compared to others in the market”.
  • A new kind of bottle shop

    The selection of wines on tap at The Drink Hive in Rosebery changes monthly, and customers are encouraged to bring along old bottles to refill. This month’s selection includes a Pinot Rosè, a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes from the Swinging Bridge winery in the Central Ranges, NSW. Re-using bottles reduces the impact on the environment (Bertaud and Farrell are against plastic bags and wear aprons made from recycled material), but also allows Bertaud to stock varieties tha
  • $100,000 cellar door grants through WET rebate

    Winery owners will be able to spend up to $100,000 on sprucing up their cellar doors under a Federal Government grants program to boost the wine and tourism sectors. The grants will be available to eligible wineries as part of an overhaul of the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate scheme, intended to put an end to rorting by “phantom winemakers”. Revenue Minister Kelly O’Dwyer and Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Ruston have announced the Government’s final plan for the WET o
  • PHOENIX BEER – Mauritius No. 1 Beer A Great Summer Beverage

     
    Phoenix Beer is the exotic drop you have been looking for to refresh your tastebuds this summer.
     
    Hailing from Mauritius as the nation’s “official beer”, this golden lager is a nice change from some of the fruity, craft beers Australians have become accustomed to drinking, without being challenging to the palate.
     
    If you have ever been to Mauritius, you will know the food is a wonderful hybrid of the best of Indian, African, Chinese and even European cuisines
  • You need to have flexibility in your vineyard

    Vineyards represent a great deal of work. Planning, pruning, canopy management, spraying, — all require people, time, and energy. The fashion with which these tasks are completed can be very different between a one-person operation with half an acre versus a team of people taking care of a 100-acre vineyard. However, in both these situations it can be difficult to get the work completed within a given time frame.
    Vineyard tasks are seasonal by nature. Late winter and spring are times for m
  • Pinot Noir NZ announces impressive culinary program

    With just 60 days until New Zealand’s most significant wine event - Pinot Noir NZ 2017, the lid has been lifted on an all-star line-up of kiwi chefs putting food on the table alongside world class New Zealand wines. Pinot Noir NZ happens just once every four years, and brings together the wines, people and places that benchmark New Zealand Pinot Noir. There will be 117 wineries bringing over 600 wines to 600 visionaries, industry leaders, influencers and lovers of Pinot Noir.
  • New Zealanders remain eligible for WET rebate

    New Zealand wine makers will still be able to claim the WET rebate under these reforms, to the chagrin of many Australian winemakers. But the changes will mean fewer Kiwis are eligible for the rebate, and none will have access to the new wine tourism and cellar door grant, which is available to eligible Australians who exceed the rebate cap of $350,000.
    "A lot of the wine that's coming into Australia from New Zealand actually is currently coming in in bulk, and that won't be eligible," Senator R
  • Real Flavour Fruit Juice without Nasties

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  • Beautiful Flavours of Fetta & Pizza

    There’s no easier way to add flavour and flair to an antipasto spread than dotting it with the highest quality fetta. And one such essential that ticks all the boxes is the beautiful fetta and pizza from Genella Fine Foods. Made from the best ingredients, these indulgent flavour kicks tempt you to dip your crunchy bread in, add to salads for scrumptious flavour and texture, and simply enjoy.The Gourmet price: $4.6
  • Make way for more female bosses in Australian wine industry

    Michelle Geber has stepped up to become the boss of a 116-year-old wine company in the Barossa Valley and says many more female chief executives will follow in the wine industry around Australia as generational change accelerates.
    Geber, who has become general manager at Chateau Tanunda, said the wine industry, which was traditionally dominated by males, has been gradually shifting. "I think the industry is opening up more and more to women," she said.
    The shift will speed up, as many of Austral
  • Hungerford Hill announces new owner and winemaker

    Hungerford Hill Wines, which was established in 1967, has a new owner after being purchased by Iris Capital, owned by Sam Arnaout. The purchase of Hungerford Hill is the second significant wine related investment in the Hunter Valley by Iris Capital, after the purchase of Sweetwater Estate in 2016.
    Arnaout and his family take over ownership of the successful and acclaimed Hunter Valley winery,
    vineyard and brand from James Kirby, who has successfully owned the brand since 2002.
  • How climate change is affecting the wine we drink

    Regardless of where Australian wine makers are growing — from the Hunter Valley to the Tamar Valley — climate change is making its presence felt. It’s creating big challenges for an industry already dealing with so much, including a more competitive market here and overseas.
    Winemakers are adapting, and consumers need to be open to changing their wine drinking habits. There is no doubt that higher temperatures will mean higher alcohol content, compressed vintages and higher ris
  • Fire at McLaren Vale winery Alpha Box & Dice

    Billowing black smoke filled the sky above McLaren Vale on Sunday as fire caused up to $400,000 damage to the cellar door at trendy winery Alpha Box and Dice.
    SA Country Fire Service commander, Brett Loughlin, said just after midday yesterday, multiple calls were made to report a commercial structure alight at the Olivers Rd winery.
    He said seven appliances and 40 firefighters battled the blaze for around 30 minutes to bring it under control and save the last remaining quarter of the stone build
  • Wine community Christmas present: WET rebate update

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has announced a revised WET rebate and eligibility package, providing clarity before Vintage 2017 begins. The previously announced cut to the cap from $500,000 down to $290,000 will be revised to $350,000 with an additional top up grant of $100,000 also set to be introduced.
    The revised eligibility criteria for claiming the WET rebate will become ownership of at least 85 per cent of the grapes at the crusher. The cap changes will also be deferred until 1 July 2018, but rev
  • World’s best sommeliers to visit Australia

    Wine Australia will invite the best sommeliers in the world to discover Australia’s incredible wine offering as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, being held in Melbourne in April. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have partnered with Tourism Australia to bring the renowned event to Australian shores, where world-leading chefs, restaurateurs, media and influencers will gather to celebrate the very best in global gastronomy. The overall event program and awards will sho
  • WA winemakers celebrate wine equalisation tax win

    WA winegrowers are celebrating after pressuring the Federal Government into backing away from a divisive Budget measure, winning a rewrite of tax changes that threatened to cripple the State’s fine wine industry. The Coalition will dump plans to reduce the $500,000 tax rebate cap on the wine equalisation tax to $290,000. The measure was announced in the May Budget as part of a $250 million savings measure. The Government will reduce the rebate cap to $350,000 and grant “top-ups&rdquo
  • Pinot Noir NZ announces impressive culinary programme

    With just 60 days until New Zealand’s most significant wine event - Pinot Noir NZ 2017, the lid has been lifted on an all-star line-up of kiwi chefs putting food on the table alongside world class New Zealand wines. Al Brown, Graham Brown and Josh Emett will join Pinot Noir NZ’s culinary director - Wellington food legend Ruth Pretty MNZM in delivering a three day exposé on the local food scene. Al Brown - the restaurateur behind Auckland eateries Depot and Federal Delicatessen
  • Heritage listed Brisbane icon bought back to life

    111 Constance St Fortitude Valley has been a fine wine destination for many years, and now, the 112 year old Defiance Flour Mill building is home to Baedeker. For travel buffs, the name Karl Baedeker is synonymous with the romance of globetrotting, as a travel author before his time. His famous mid 1800’s guides are highly collectable. The venture, a partnership between Grape Therapy’s Darren Davis & Wine ‘n Dine ‘m Catering’s Craig Fox, brings together the indu
  • China reports strong imported alcohol growth

    China’s total alcoholic beverage imports including wines, beers and spirits registered strong growth in both volume and value terms in the first 10 months of the year, according to the latest figures released by China Association for Imports and Export of Wine & Spirits. From January to October, the country imported over 1.8 billion litres of alcoholic beverages, worth about US$3.5 billion, an increase of 35.07% in volume and 13.89% increase in value over the same period last year. Its
  • Australia’s answer to ‘sauvalanche’

    Sauvignon blanc is among Australia’s most popular whites but the market has been dominated by New Zealand labels in a phenomenon labelled the “Marlborough tsunami” by wine writer James Halliday. “It’s called the ‘sauvalanche’ and it’s been happening for the past eight years,” Howard Park Wines director Natalie Burch said. “It’s not something we could replicate, so producers like ourselves who have sauvignon blanc planted have look
  • Accolade holds roadshow for potential investors

    Accolade Wines is holding a roadshow for potential investors across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong next week as it gears up for its IPO listing next year. A spokesman for the wine giant’s parent company this morning confirmed to db a report in the Australian Financial Review that it was holding a “non-deal” roadshow, which the AFR said would give it greater visibility and “make the company more attractive to potential investors” ahead of its listing. The Roads
  • 20% of wine storage tanks in Marlborough damaged by quake

    An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country’s largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. New Zealand Winegrowers has just completed a survey of the earthquake impact on its members and chief executive Philip Gregan said the wine loss experienced accounts for only a little over 2 percent of Marlborough’s total annual production. “While this is frustrating, this is not a major concern as
  • Wine exporter adds Adelaide Hills vineyard to stable

    One of the Adelaide Hills' oldest vineyards, Blackford Stables, has sold for $1.5 million after being on the market for more than a year-and-a-half. The 46.12-hectare property near Charleston was snapped up by an unnamed local industry participant with an export business targeting the Chinese market. It includes a residence, heritage-listed stables and 14 hectares of vineyards planted to sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, sangiovese and pinot noir.
  • Video: Epicentre of NZ earthquake

    New Zealand's recent Kaikoura earthquake ruined enough wine to fill more than five million bottles, according to new industry estimates. Click through to see an up to date report, alongside a video of cracks in the landscape caused by the quake. Marlborough lost just over 2% of its annual production in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand two weeks ago, according to trade body New Zealand Winegrowers. Marlborough produces ‘well over’ 200 million litres of wine annuall
  • Treble success for boutique Bay winery Alpha Domus

    Two trophies and a gold for its premium 2015 Alpha Domus AD Noble Selection has left the winery's managing director Paul Ham and winemaker Barry Riwai with plenty of reasons to smile. The latest success of the dessert wine, which came with a trophy at the 2017 Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year Awards, came in the wake of the Bridge Pa Triangle-sited winery celebrating another treble of success with its 2015 Barnstormer Syrah taking gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the Sydney Int
  • Tasmanian Pinot Noirs at Royal Hobart Wine Show

    Tasmanian Pinot Noirs have won nine gold medals at this year’s Royal Hobart International Wine Show. New Zealand Pinot Noirs scored three gold medals, and one gold medal went to an Australian mainland Pinot Noir. The Chair of the Show’s organising committee, John Ellis of Hanging Rock Vineyard in Victoria, described the outcome as a statement of strength by Tasmanian Pinot Noir producers. More than three days of judging have now wrapped up in Hobart, and an Awards dinner brought toge
  • Support for South Australia after hail storm havoc

    The local industry wine body Riverland Wine is offering support to wine growers in South Australia’s Riverland after a devastating hail storm wreaked havoc throughout the region, “shredding” the vines of many producers. The organisation has posted an updated list of support available on its website for winemakers to seek assistance following the storm on 11 November. Wineries in the region lost up up to 80% of their crop as many were anticipating a good vintage in Riverland, re
  • Fine wine in China

    Several wineries from northern Victoria put their best drop forward at the 2016 ProWine China event in Shanghai earlier this month. About 200 wines from 19 exhibitors were showcased under the Wine Australia Pavilion, including products from Wahring’s Trifon Estate Wines, Heathcote’s Whitebox and Wild Duck Creek Estate and Nagambie’s Four Sisters, McPherson and Tahbilk wineries. McPherson Wines owner Andrew McPherson said ProWine was one of the biggest, most networked wine trade

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