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UK remains top volume market for Oz

Published:  20 October, 2017

The UK is the top export market for Australian wine with 28% of volume, new data from Wine Australia’s Export Report has revealed.

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McWilliam’s Wines moves to Enotria&Coe

Published:  12 October, 2017

Australian producer McWilliam’s Wines Group (MWG) is taking up Enotria&Coe in the UK.

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Penfolds reveals 2017 collection

Published:  05 October, 2017

One of Australia’s most famous producers is gearing up to release its 2017 collection, including the 2013 Grange - the 63rd consecutive vintage from the label.

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The Pinot Noir Alliance announces first session

Published:  18 September, 2017

Five producers from some of the world’s most famous Pinot Noir producing regions are teaming up to promote the variety worldwide.

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The Australian Alternative

Published:  07 September, 2017

As exciting new wines continue to emerge from Down Under, Andrew Catchpole finds that for the UK it’s more about style than variety when it comes to looking afresh at Oz

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World’s largest gathering of Aussie Women in Wine to descend on London

Published:  29 August, 2017

Wine Australia’s Women in Wine event on 26 September will see some 57 female winemakers and winery owners on hand at Australia House in London for an event that aims to help drive perception of premium Aussie wines and bring new wines to market.

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Australia’s alternative varieties buck trend in UK market

Published:  14 August, 2017

Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Verdelho and Fiano are among a host of alternative and less established varieties from Australia that are on the rise, helping drive premium sales from Down Under in the UK.

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Value Australian exports to the UK decline while growth in China soars

Published:  19 July, 2017

A new report from Wine Australia shows that the value of Australian wine exports grew by $201 million (10%) in 2016–17 to $2.31 billion, underpinned by strong export growth to China and the US.

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Australian Premium

Published:  08 June, 2017

Generating more than £1.1 billion in off-trade sales alone in the UK each year, Australia is clearly a category to be reckoned with, continuing to lead its nearest rivals Italy, France and the US by quite some degree. In the on-trade, too, while sitting in a far more modest third position, the country racked up a further  £366 million worth of sales in 2016, adding another sizeable dose of Down Under flavour to the British wine scene.

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Champagne Jayne victorious against Champagne authority

Published:  26 May, 2017

Wine writer and educator Jayne Powell has won a protracted five-year legal battle to use the moniker “Champagne Jayne” as her official trademark.

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Ade McKeon joins Accolade Wines as UK and Ireland GM

Published:  08 March, 2017

New World leader Accolade Wines has a new general manager for the UK and Ireland.

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Wine Australia to showcase diversity at ProWein

Published:  22 February, 2017

Australia is to place the emphasis firmly on diversity at this year's ProWein.

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Australian Women in Wine Awards to fly outside Oz for the first time

Published:  17 February, 2017

The event which aims to inspire the next generation of female winemakers and celebrate the diversity of Australian wine is coming to the UK this year - a first for the event which, until now, has always been held on home turf.

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Record half-year global profits at TWE, but Brexit costs lead to category decline in the UK

Published:  14 February, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is on its way to exceeding its 2016 full-year profit, having reached 75% of last year's full-year profit after tax while only half way through the year.

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ADT 2017: Spain and Italy getting more bang for their 1% buck

Published:  26 January, 2017

A quick glance around at London's very well attended Australia Day Tasting on Tuesday (January 24) showed that very few producers were without Italian and Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo, Fiano and Vermentino - one of Austria's fastest growing grapes.

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Australian UK wine exports continue premium trend

Published:  25 January, 2017

Australian wine exports to the UK continue to show a strong trend towards premiumisation, according to Wine Australia's latest annual Export Report, due to be released this Friday.

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Multi-million dollar R&D project aims to bring "international recognition" to Australian Shiraz

Published:  16 January, 2017

5.3 million AUD is being invested to better understand - and promote - Australian terroir to international markets.

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Buckingham Schenk adds Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio

Published:  12 January, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is expanding its Antipodean portfolio by adding Kreglinger Wine Estates and its brands Pipers Brook and Norfolk Rise.

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ADT 2017 promises focus on premiumisation and innovation

Published:  05 January, 2017

Premiumisation is the key trend being flagged at the annual Australia Day Tasting, later this month, with innovations such as diversifying grape varietals and sparkling reds also likely to prove talking points.

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Wines from New Zealand and Argentina named the biggest winners of 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Brits' love of New World wine accelerated in 2016, with New Zealand and Argentina showing the biggest sales growth in the 12 months to November 2016.

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Looking back on 2016 and ahead to 2017: Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia

Published:  23 December, 2016

Laura Jewell MW talks Artisan Australia, tackling the on-trade, the delights of Hunter Semillon and avoiding Turkey

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Jacob's Creek overcomes Yalumba trademark challenge in Australian court

Published:  21 December, 2016

An Australian court this week dismissed claims that Jacob's Creek owner Pernod Ricard had violated a trademark belonging to the family-owned Yalumba winery.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: A great time to be in wine

Published:  14 December, 2016

I don't want to be a siren of gloom. After all Christmas is the time for good cheer. But we are racing towards the end of a year where disruptive global events - Brexit, Trump, Aleppo - have shaken our feelings of security.

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Growers Champagne offering an alternative to Prosecco this Christmas, says Virgin Wines

Published:  13 December, 2016

Grower Champagnes having been sparking consumer interest at Virgin Wines, where wine buyers are expecting sales to flourish this Christmas.

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Tasting offers glimpse of the future for Australian wine

Published:  12 December, 2016

Australia Day Tasting, the event which gives a taste of things to come from Down Under over the following year, has given a glimpse of some of new releases for the trade to try when it returns to the UK next month.

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Bird in Hand joins Seckford for UK partnership

Published:  09 December, 2016

Australian producer Bird in Hand has appointed New World specialists Seckford Agencies to ramp up distribution of their brand across the UK.

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Sommeliers to head Down Under for 2017's The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2016

The World's 50 Best Restaurants, the event which celebrates the best of global gastronomy, is being held in Australia. 

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Robinsons expands Australian range with two sole distribution partnerships

Published:  02 November, 2016

Robinsons Brewery has teamed up with two wine producers from Western Australian, expanding its portfolio of "quality" antipodean wines.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini

Published:  20 October, 2016

A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.

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TWE says Stag's Leap lawsuit is attempt to "stifle lawful competition"

Published:  07 October, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has hit back at accusations that it is trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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Brexit is a chance to "simplify" international trade agreements, says Taylors Wines MD

Published:  23 September, 2016

At last week's WSTA conference, CEO Mile Beale announced the association is already starting to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade agreements by entering into discussions with counterparts in Australia and New Zealand.

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WSTA in talks with non-EU countries on post-Brexit free-trade agreements

Published:  13 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has begun talks with its Australian and New Zealand counterparts about how to ensure the UK remains the beating heart of global drinks industry.

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Cashing in on Alibaba's 9.9 online wine festival

Published:  12 September, 2016

Friday marked the first online wine festival that was hosted on e-commerce and trading platform Alibaba's TMall, which boasted more than 100,000 wines that went up for sale.

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Lawsuit brought against Treasury Wine Estates over Stag's Leap similarities

Published:  02 September, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has been accused trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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Walker & Wodehouse expands South Australian portfolio with "punk" wine listing

Published:  31 August, 2016

Wine merchants Walker & Wodehouse has added SOME YOUNG PUNKS from the Clare Valley to its portfolio.

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Paul Schaafsma to step down as CEO of Accolade Wines in coming months

Published:  30 August, 2016

Paul Schaafsma is set to step down as the chief executive officer of Accolade Wines in the coming months, but may stay on through the company's initial public offering which is set for next year, according to sources.

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F16 profits double at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  18 August, 2016

Net profits are up 131% at Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates.

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Q&A: Chester Osborn, head of D'Arenberg Wines

Published:  04 August, 2016

Chester Osborn, a man famous for his loud shirts and the flamboyant head of D'Arenberg Wines, talks to Angela Mount about his winemaking ethos and his quirkily-named wines.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  29 July, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Hallgarten Druitt plugs "embarrassing" gap in Australian portfolio

Published:  28 July, 2016

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has taken over distribution of most of Hallowed Ground's Australian producers, significantly expanding Hallgarten's premium Australian offering.

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Wine Rack launches McGuigan Wines' answer to Provence rosé

Published:  26 July, 2016

Wine Rack has launched a new Provence-style rosé from Australian duo Neil McGuigan and John Torode.

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Family Affair Part 3: Mitchell Taylor, managing director, Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

Published:  25 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Mitchell Taylor, the managing director of Wakefield Wines located in the Clare Valley, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the third article in a four part series.

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Top crop and export growth reported from 16th Aussie wine conference

Published:  25 July, 2016

A strong 2016 vintage, a low Aussie dollar and thriving trading partners has the Australian wine industry well placed to increase its share of global markets.

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Family Affair Part 2: Robert Hill-Smith, chairman, Yalumba, Barossa Valley

Published:  22 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks with Robert Hill-Smith, chairman of Yalumba in Barossa Valley about the benefits of being independently run. This is the second article in a four part series.

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Casella Family Brands acquires and avoids closure of iconic Morris Wines

Published:  22 July, 2016

Casella Family Brands announced today that they have acquired full ownership of iconic Australian Morris Wines with an immediate effect for an undisclosed sum from Pernod Ricard.

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Premium exports drive value growth for Australian wine

Published:  14 July, 2016

The value of Australian wine exports grew by 11% to AUD$2.11 billion, while volume grew by 0.5% 728 million litres for the twelve months ending in June 2016.

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University of Adelaide launches free wine class online with 10,000 enrollees

Published:  13 July, 2016

University of Adelaide in Australia launched its online class World of Wine: From Grape to Glass, which is free to enroll and has already had 10,000 students enlisted.

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South American billionaire adds Barossa to growing empire

Published:  04 July, 2016

ONE of the world's leading wine consultants and an Argentinean oil and gas billionaire have teamed up for a multi-million dollar investment in the Barossa Valley.

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Australian Hentley Farms focuses on UK market

Published:  30 June, 2016

Hentley Farms, which launched in the UK at this year's London Wine Fair, is looking to expand its UK offering.

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The week that was Brexit edition: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 June, 2016

The UK is only just coming to terms with the 52% vote in favour to leave the EU.

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COPY: The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 June, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The week that was Brexit edition: Top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 June, 2016

The UK is only just coming to terms with the 52% vote in favour to leave the EU.

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Wine consumption up in Oz but overall alcohol down as young Australians opt for "abstinence"

Published:  15 June, 2016

New figures suggest that "abstinence" in young Australians is behind the recent nose-dive in alcohol consumption across the country - although wine consumption is on the up.

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Australia's Mediterranean varieties driving next cycle of interest in UK

Published:  07 June, 2016

Australia's future popularity in the UK may well ride on the growing number of Mediterranean varieties emerging from the country, delivering a more niche and premium proposition than the established reliance on volume sales.

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Wolf Blass signs multi-year partnership with Manchester City FC in Asia

Published:  31 May, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates' Wolf Blass brand has signed a multi-year partnership deal to be the official wine partner of the Manchester City Football Club for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Mexico.

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TWE to relaunch Blossom Hill new packaging with £2m summer marketing campaign

Published:  24 May, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates is launching a new £2 million summer marketing campaign called "Share a Little Loveliness" as part of a packaging redesign for Blossom Hill.

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Shake-up of Waitrose's Australian range

Published:  13 May, 2016

Waitrose is overhauling its Australian wine category, replacing 45% of the current range.

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Lanchester adds Vintrigue to its wines

Published:  06 May, 2016
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Negociants UK launches Australian winery's rare grape variety

Published:  05 May, 2016

Chaffey Bros Wine Company's quirky names like Not Your Grandma's Rose and Düfte Punkt are the type that catch the eye while wandering around the London Wine Fair.

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The Smith Report: China comes good for wine for Chile and Australia

Published:  29 April, 2016

Chilean and Australian wines are on a roll in China where imports are on the up and currency fluctuations have boosted volume.

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Revealed: The ten countries drinking two thirds of the world's wine

Published:  28 April, 2016

Italy, France and Spain continue to dominate in terms of production, but who is drinking the most wine?

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Australian wine exports jump 13% by value

Published:  18 April, 2016

According to Wine Australia's Export Report in the last 12 months to March 2016, the value of Australian wine exports jumped 13% to AUD$2.1 billion, it biggest increase since 1999, and volume increase by 3%.

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McGuigan Wines launches exclusive Family Release range in Waitrose

Published:  22 March, 2016

Australian winery McGuigan Wines has partnered with Waitrose on an exclusive range of wines under the Family Release brand.

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ProWein 2016: The importance of brand building within the UK wine trade

Published:  22 March, 2016

This year's ProWein was marked by a distinct spilt that seems to be happening within the UK wine trade. Discovery of small producers and esoteric wines is growing in popularity, but simultaneously so is the emphasis on brand building within the wine trade. Bill Hardy, of UK's number one wine brand discussed the importance of why brand building is important in the UK wine trade.

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Prowein 2016: Wine Australia's record presence at show reflects global growth of premium exports

Published:  15 March, 2016

Australia increased its stand space at Prowein by 30% this year, with some 46 exhibitors showing wines from 21 producing regions, aiming to build upon a renewed confidence rooted in growing global exports, including strong premium sales to Asia and growth in the US.

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Kingston Estate launches "next generation" of private-label wines at ProWein

Published:  14 March, 2016

South Australian winery Kingston Estate is launching three new Living Brands at ProWein this week.

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ProWein 2016: Casella Family Brands sets up European subsidiary and launches new brand

Published:  14 March, 2016

Casella Family Brands, owner of [yellow tail] and Peter Lehmann wines, has established Casella Family Brands Europe Limited in Cambridgeshire with an expected launch date of May 2016.

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Mornington Peninsula wineries make waves with London walkabout tasting

Published:  08 March, 2016

Twelve winemakers from Australia's Mornington Peninsula are to offer a one-day masterclass and walkabout tasting of their wines in London.

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Wine Australia expands ProWein showcase to reflect diversity

Published:  01 March, 2016

Wine Australia will be celebrating the storied history of Australian wines at its largest showcase yet at ProWein this month.

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Q&A: Leanne De Bortoli and her husband Steve Webber, De Bortoli Wines

Published:  03 February, 2016

Leanne De Bortoli and her husband Steve Webber, the chief winemaker, of the De Bortoli Wines talk about Yarra Valley wines, the 2015 vintage, anticipating consumer tastes and the UK market.

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New Accolade Wine GM issues a 'word of warning' as Australian wines face a battle ahead

Published:  28 January, 2016

At the Australia Day Tasting held this week in London, Accolade Wines new general manager for the UK and Ireland Rob Harrison issued a 'word of warning' that challenges lay ahead for Australian wines, which now sits below the average price of wine of £5.83 at just £5.20.

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Q&A: Andreas Clark, CEO, Wine Australia

Published:  28 January, 2016

Wine Australia's chief executive officer Andreas Clark at this week's London Australia Day Tasting discusses the challenges facing the UK market

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Climate change threatens to wreak havoc on Australian harvest

Published:  15 January, 2016

A range of extreme weather events are making Australia's winemakers fearful for the 2016 harvest, which is due to start in around six weeks, global news agency Reuters is reporting.

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Rosemount Estate founder Robert Oatley dies at 87

Published:  11 January, 2016

Australian winemaker and entrepreneur Robert Oatley has died aged 87.

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Analysis: How Australian wine is changing consumer perceptions

Published:  08 January, 2016

It's high time consumers stop pigeonholing Australia and recognise its rich and diverse winegrowing regions, says Anne Krebiehl MW

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New World wines thrive in challenging Chinese market

Published:  07 January, 2016

The market for wine is rebounding strongly for New World wines, according to reports in the Chinese news media.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Dan Townsend, Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  29 December, 2015

Dan Townsend, general manager of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates, saw 2015 as very strong year at TWE and thinks that the reverse takeover of Matthew Clark by Conviviality "has the potential to be a real game changer in terms of the UK trading landscape." Townsend is most excited about the opportunities that lay ahead in 2016, but sees Duty as one of the toughest challenges that trade faces next year.

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Australia Day Tastings revealed for London, Dublin and Edinburgh

Published:  17 December, 2015

Wine Australia has announced the dates of its Australia Day Tastings for 2016.

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Ehrmanns extends Australian portfolio with Willow Bridge Estate

Published:  03 December, 2015

Wine supplier Ehrmanns has inked a UK distribution deal with Western Australian winery Willow Bridge Estate across both the on- and the off-trade.

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Variety of Oz wine impresses Wine Australia scholarship winner

Published:  23 November, 2015

UK wine drinkers should explore a wider variety of Australian wines, the winner of the 2015 winner of the Daniel Pontifex Scholarship has said.

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Treasury brings second-tier brands into the limelight

Published:  17 November, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates is to invest in building its smaller regional brands, chief executive Michael Clarke told shareholders at the company's AGM in Adelaide last week.

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We need to talk about old vines, Wine Australia says

Published:  13 November, 2015

Australia needs to talk more about its old vines, according to experts at a Wine Australia seminar yesterday.

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Wakefield takes two top awards at Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Published:  02 November, 2015

Wakefield Wines has won both Best Australian Shiraz and Best Australian Shiraz under AU$25 at the 2015 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.

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Calabria family wins 15 medals at world's largest wine competition

Published:  30 October, 2015

Australian wine producer, the Calabria Family Winery, has taken home 15 medals from the AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2015.

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Accolade takes Grant Burge distribution from Hatch Mansfield

Published:  30 October, 2015

Australian winery Grant Burge is to end its 10-year distribution deal with Hatch Mansfield.

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Insights: Australian wines move away from French varietals

Published:  20 October, 2015

Australian winemakers have long been moving away from hefty, high alcohol wines towards less oaked, cooler climate wines, with the growth of Pinot Grigio from Mornington Peninsular a prime example. However, the trend to also move away from the once overwhelming focus on French varietals seems to be growing.

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Penfolds launches new collection with Royal Opera House venture

Published:  16 October, 2015

Last night saw the launch of Penfolds' 2015 collection at London's Somerset House.

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Treasury Wine Estates scoops up Diageo wine business

Published:  14 October, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates has acquired the bulk of Diageo's US and UK wine operations for £390 million.

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Australia's Robert Oatley wines to join Hatch Mansfield portfolio

Published:  09 October, 2015

Hatch Mansfield will take on the UK agency for Australia's Robert Oatley Vineyards from January 1.

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Negociants showcases new Yalumba releases in Icon tasting

Published:  08 October, 2015

Yalumba supplier Negociants UK is to pit its New World wines against Old World counterparts in a tutorial as a curtain-raiser to its annual free-pour Icon Release Tasting.

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Ex-Pernod Ricard wine boss Atkinson joins Aussie wine producer

Published:  05 October, 2015

Former Pernod Ricard wine boss Adrian Atkinson has joined Australian wine producer Wakefield Wines in the new role of European market manager.

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Treasury Wine Estates tipped as favourite to take Blossom Hill and Piat d'Or off Diageo's hands

Published:  01 October, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates has refused to comment on speculation that it is lining up an acquisition of Diageo's Blossom Hill brand and the rest of its wine business.

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Australia's Barramundi embrances the sun and fun in rebrand

Published:  28 August, 2015

Australian wine brand Barramundi has been given a rebrand in a bid to appeal more to younger adult consumers.

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Reduced focus on 'unsustainable volume' in UK hits Treasury Wine Estates' European figures

Published:  19 August, 2015

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates saw its earnings in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region cut in half in the year to June 30, as the company sought to move away from low margin business in British supermarkets.

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Fells takes UK distribution for Australia's Brown Brothers

Published:  14 August, 2015

Australia's family-owned wine producer Brown Brothers has appointed Fells to handle its UK distribution.

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Bryant takes the hot seat as chief winemaker for Jacob's Creek

Published:  12 August, 2015

Pernod Ricard has appointed Ben Bryant as chief winemaker for its Jacob's Creek Australian wine brand, replacing Bernard Hickin, who will retire in June 2016.

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Will Greenwood teams with Wolf Blass to find world's greatest ever rugby players

Published:  03 August, 2015

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass has teamed up with Will Greenwood, a key player in England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning team, to launch a rugby-themed UK promotion.

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Bulk prices hit value of Australian wine exports to the UK as China's status grows

Published:  17 July, 2015

Shipments of Australian wine to the UK fell 1.5% in the year to the end of June as the country's winemakers saw sales to China soar.

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Australian Vintage bottles Summertime with sparkling drink launch

Published:  15 July, 2015

Wine producer Australian Vintage has launched a range of fruit-flavoured sparkling drinks with a lower than normal abv.

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Margaret River's Domaine Naturaliste scores UK deal with Aussie Rules

Published:  15 July, 2015

Specialist Australian wine importer Aussie Rules is adding Margaret River producer Domaine Naturaliste to its portfolio.

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Crown Cellars broadens outlook on wines from Spain and Australia

Published:  03 July, 2015

Carlsberg UK's on-trade wine division Crown Cellars has beefed up its Spanish and Australian wine ranges as part of its annual range review.

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Australia target UK for strategic plan to get consumers paying more for wine

Published:  02 July, 2015

Persuading UK consumers to pay a premium for Australian wine has been outlined as major priority in a new strategic plan for the country's wine industry over the next five years.

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£4 million Hardys cricket campaign will be 'possibly' biggest ever for a wine in the UK market

Published:  30 June, 2015

Australian wine brand Hardys has launched a £4 million advertising campaign ahead of this summer's Ashes cricket series to support its sponsorship of the England team.

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New Chinese and Australia free trade agreement could benefit the wine trade

Published:  19 June, 2015

A landmark trade could help to increase exports of Australian wine to China.

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Yalumba lines up direct ecommerce sales in website revamp

Published:  17 June, 2015

Yalumba will launch a direct-to-consumer selling platform through a new website from August.

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Wine body rules out export group for Western Australia

Published:  12 June, 2015

The Australian Grape & Wine Authority has distanced itself from reports there were plans to open an export development office for Western Australian wines.

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Australia grape growers embark on long term pest management for vineyards

Published:  09 June, 2015

Australia's grape growers have signed deals for two consultancy projects to improve pest management in the country's vineyards.

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McWilliams to target millenials with new red wine blend

Published:  02 June, 2015

Australian wine group, McWilliams has launched a new red wine blend targeting millennials.

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Fruit-fusion wines reaching "critical mass', Australian Vintage boss says

Published:  26 May, 2015

Fruit-fusion wines are reaching a tipping point that is seeing them readily accepted by consumers and able to be merchandised as a new category, a leading wine brand owner has claimed.

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Yalumba launches marketing boost

Published:  11 May, 2015

Australia's oldest family vineyard, Yalumba, is launching a new marketing boost which will see it partner with local independent wine merchants to offer consumers the chance to attend pop up food events.

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Yalumba's first non-family member MD, Nick Waterman talks about his long-term view for the business

Published:  08 May, 2015

Nick Waterman has become the first non-family member to hold the position of managing director at Yalumba in 165 years. He talks about how it feels to fill such big shoes.

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Wine Australia to host Benevolent fundraiser in Yvonne May's honour

Published:  06 May, 2015

Wine Australia is hosting an Aussie BBQ in honour of Yvonne May to help raise funds for the Benevolent charity.

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Australian Vintage appoints Bibendum PLB sales manager

Published:  05 May, 2015

Australian Vintage has recruited Karen Humphrey's from Bibendum PLB as its new business manager for Sainsbury's.

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Australian Vintage to release new sparkler

Published:  01 May, 2015

Australian Vintage will be rolling out its new release McGuigan Frizzante at this year's London Wine Fair in May.

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Yellow Tail to launch a 12-week marketing campaign in the UK

Published:  30 April, 2015

Australian-based Yellow Tail is set to launch a 12-week marketing campaign with the goal of reaching 11m UK consumers.

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Demand for premium Australian wine drives rise in exports

Published:  29 April, 2015

Exports of Australian wine rose in volume and value terms last year, driven by higher priced wines, the latest figures from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) show.

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McWilliam's Wines Group launches Evans & Tate' s Expressions range in the UK

Published:  27 April, 2015

The McWilliam's Wines Group is launching a new wine range called Expressions under its Australian Evans & Tate brand at London Wine Fair 2015.

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Former TWE boss joins new digital TV channel dedicated to wine

Published:  24 April, 2015

David Dearie, the former CEO of Treasury Wine Estate, has joined the board of a new digital TV channel dedicated to wine.

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US wine market sees volume growth slowing, but value growth continues to rise, Rabobank says

Published:  14 April, 2015

The American wine market is slowing in terms of volume growth, despite continued expansion throughout 2014, according to Rabobank's Wine Quarterly Q2 2015 report. But a report from the financial service agri-food team said US value growth is actually accelerating, making it a desirable market for premium brands.

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Increased polarisation of Australian wine market widens gap between winners and losers

Published:  09 April, 2015

The Australian wine market is becoming increasingly polarised as many bulk grape producers and grape wine growers appear to be on the brink of  collapse, while premium wine producers seem to be growing in both value and volume.

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Hardys pushing Australian regions following revamp

Published:  02 April, 2015

Hardy's has rolled out new packaging for its William Hardy sub-brand, which flags up the regions in South Australia the wine blends come from.

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Free Run Wines adds first Aussie winery to portfolio

Published:  31 March, 2015

Free Run Wines is adding its first Australian wine producer, Morambro Creek to its portfolio from next month

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New on-trade campaign to highlight Aussie premium wines

Published:  26 March, 2015

A series of Australian themed wine events will be held in ten of London's top restaurants next month, as part of Wine Australia's new on-trade campaign.

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Australian wine sees export value and volume growth for first time in seven years

Published:  20 March, 2015

Australian wine exports are showing positive growth in value and volume for the first time in seven years, according to new figures from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.

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ProWein 2015: Global currency fluctuations a key topic at this year's fair

Published:  19 March, 2015

The current fluctuations in currency exchange rates was the 'conversation of ProWein', particularly with the weakening euro and the strengthening US dollar having ripple effects on the global wine trade.

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ProWein 2015: Casella Family Brands capitalise on distribution to drive double digit growth

Published:  19 March, 2015
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ProWein 2015: Australia needs to promote its stories and personalities says Laura Jewell

Published:  18 March, 2015

Australia needs to continue to concentrate on promoting the stories behind its wines and the personalities of the winemakers who make them if it is to make the most of its diverse range of wines, according to Laura Jewell MW who has just taken on her role as head of Wine Australia in the UK and Europe.

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Prowein 2015: Roger Jones says Auf Wiedersehen with his highlights from Dusseldorf

Published:  18 March, 2015

Roger Jones takes us around the wine world on his Prowien 2015 journey of discovery, where he explores some new and interesting wines.

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ProWein 2015: Australia set for most "exciting period" in its history predicts Neil McGuigan

Published:  16 March, 2015

Critics of Australian wine need to "stand back" and prepare themselves for what Neil McGuigan of Australian Vintage believes could be the most "exciting period" in the country's history driven by the best quality wines it has ever produced.

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Accolade Wines sees profits rise £4m

Published:  16 March, 2015

Accolade Wines saw profits rise more than £4m in the 12 months to 30 June 2014, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

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Australia's 170 year history of wine unravelled in new academic study

Published:  12 March, 2015

Anyone interested in the Australian wine industry can now access insights in to its 170-year history in a new free academic study that looks at how the country's wine production has developed and what lessons it teaches the wineries and producers today.

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Stuart Broad signs up as Hardys ambassador...just don't mention the World Cup

Published:  10 March, 2015

With all the excitement of last week's March for the Independents events we missed out on news that England fast bowler has been signed up by Australian wine brand, Hardys, to be one of its ambassadors as part of its ongoing sponsorship of English cricket.

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New Lindeman's wine packaging to hit shelves next month

Published:  19 February, 2015

Treasury Wine Estates' Lindeman's brand will start appearing on shelves with its new packaging from March onwards, with the refresh completed by May.

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Australian Vintage pulls back from bulk to focus on branded wine in UK

Published:  18 February, 2015

Australian Vintage is pulling back from bulk wine sales in the UK to focus on its core branded range as prices sink.

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'Painful moment' for Argentina's wine exporters, says Rabobank

Published:  17 February, 2015

Argentina's wine exporters are having a "painful moment" as fast-rising inflation rates make it unprofitable to ship goods, says Rabobank.

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Yalumba CEO Robert Hill-Smith steps down after 30 years

Published:  04 February, 2015

Australia's oldest family winery Yalumba is to lose its chief executive of 30 years - Robert Hill-Smith - who is stepping down from the role to chair the board of directors.

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Accolade Wines finalises Grant Burge deal

Published:  03 February, 2015

Accolade Wines has completed its deal to acquire the Barossa Valley's Grant Burge Wines, which includes its brand, business and Krondorf winery.

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Australians get their hands dirty in ad campaigns - but can we spot the difference?

Published:  30 January, 2015

What is it about Australian wine videos with all their references to mother nature, the dirty soils, the sweaty growers and the super production values?

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Jacob's Creek turns to its winemakers and growers for new TV campaign

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

Rather than just rely on stunning Australian scenery to sell its wines Jacob's Creek has turned to the actual winemakers and growers behind the brand in its new television advert that hits our screens from February 1.

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Australia's Grape and Wine Authority looks to secure industry's future for "next generation"

Published:  28 January, 2015

Australia is already starting to see the fruits of creating a single Australian Grape and Wine Authority although its principle strategy is focused on securing long term, sustainable benefits for the industry.

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Australian wines not 'broken' in off-trade, but on-trade is a challenge, says Accolade

Published:  27 January, 2015

Accolade Wines has defended Australia's wine industry which has been struggling in the UK over the past couple of years, saying the off-trade is back in growth, although the on-trade remains a challenge.

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The Duchess of Cornwall toasts Australian wine

Published:  27 January, 2015

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall marked yesterday's Australia Day with a glass of Australian wine at official celebrations hosted by Tourism Australia.

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Australia's premium wines drive exports to bounce back

Published:  21 January, 2015

Australian wine exports have grown 1.9% by value and volume to 700 million litres and $1.82 billion in 2014, with premium wines leading the charge. 

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Bob Spooner chief supply officer

Published:  14 January, 2015

Treasury's chief executive has appointed a former Premier Foods colleague to the role of chief supply officer at the wine firm's Australian headquarters.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Australian Vintage's Julian Dyer

Published:  26 December, 2014

Julian Dyer, general manager for UK & Europe at Australian Vintage, talks about McGuigan breaking into the Top 5 global wine brands in the UK, consolidation in the supply sector, and why he's back the WSTA's Drop the Duty campaign.

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Yellow Tail owner Casella completes purchase of Peter Lehmann Wines

Published:  19 December, 2014

Casella Family Brands is planning to ramp up sales of Peter Lehmann Wines both in Australia and overseas now that the acquisition has been completed.

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Australian wine Giant Steps moves to Liberty Wines from OW Loeb

Published:  18 December, 2014

Yarra Valley's Giant Steps wine has shifted its UK distribution from OW Loeb to Liberty Wines.

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Treasury Wine Estates to slim down branded portfolio

Published:  16 December, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates is focusing its investment on 15 global umbrella brands, 20 international brands, and 20 local brands, out of its 80-strong portfolio.

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Upcoming Australia Day Tasting builds on revamped 2014 event

Published:  10 December, 2014

2015's Australia Day tasting will showcase more than 1,000 wines and offer a fresh take on food and wine pairings, say event organisers.

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Chinese importer Summergate bought by Australia's Woolworths Liquor Company

Published:  02 December, 2014

Woolworths Liquor Group has bought Summergate, one of the China's most influential wine importers, in a move that considerably strengthens the Australian retail drinks giant's position in the country.

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Australia matches France's gold medal haul at first phase of IWC 2015

Published:  02 December, 2014

Australia is celebrating a major win at the first tranche of the International Wine Challenge 2015, taking home the same number of gold medals as France and netting 203 medals in total so far.

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Accolade Wines going ahead with Grant Burge purchase

Published:  01 December, 2014

Accolade Wines and Barossa's Grant Burge wines have reached agreement on the acquisition of the Grant Burge brand and business, along with its Krondorf winery.

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Chief of the Week: Laura Jewell - soon to be UK "chief" of Wine Australia

Published:  28 November, 2014

 

We're not sure if we should be referring to a Master of Wine as a "chief" but either way congratulations to Laura Jewell who this week has been named as the new UK and Europe, well,chief for Wine Australia.

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Wine Australia confirms Tesco's Laura Jewell as its new head of UK and Europe

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine Australia has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that it has appointed Tesco's Laura Jewell MW to be its new regional director for the UK and Europe.

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Kingsland signs deals with Australia's Limestone Coast Winery

Published:  19 November, 2014

Kingsland is the new exclusive supplier for Australia's Limestone Coast Winery's premium bulk wines in the UK on and off-trade.

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Accolade Wines confirms Grant Burge talks

Published:  17 November, 2014

Accolade Wines has confirmed it is in exclusive discussions to acquire the Barossa-based firm Grant Burge Wines.

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Australia's free trade agreement with China would see wine tariffs gone by 2019

Published:  17 November, 2014

Australia has signed a declaration of intent for a free trade agreement with China today after 10 years of talks between the two countries which is set to benefit Australian farm exporters, including wine producers.

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Casella set to buy Peter Lehmann Wines

Published:  13 November, 2014

Two major players of the Australian wine world are to come together as Casella Family Brands, owners of Yellow Tail, plans to buy Peter Lehmann Wines.

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Treasury Wine Estates 'extremely difficult' decision to close Ryecroft winery

Published:  10 November, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has made the "extremely difficult" decision to close its Ryecroft winery in McLaren Vale in South Australia.

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Virgin Wines teams up with Hardys with an exclusive range

Published:  04 November, 2014

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with Accolade Wines' Australian brand Hardys to create a new range especially for Virgin's customers.

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Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.

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Australia's McWilliam's Wines buys back Gallo shares

Published:  23 October, 2014

Australia's McWilliam's Wines Group has returned to 100% family ownership after buying the remaining shares owned by E&J Gallo.

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 

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Wine Australia to host a celebration to mark the life of Yvonne May

Published:  09 October, 2014

Wine Australia is to hold a special event to celebrate the life of Yvonne May who headed up the UK office before she lost her battle with cancer this summer.

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McLaren Vale perfect for Mediterranean grape varieties, says winemaker

Published:  07 October, 2014

Winemakers at McLaren Vale's Hedonist say the region is perfect for growing Mediterranean grape varieties, after adding a Tempranillo and Sangiovese to its range.

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Copestick Murray appoints Samantha Cross as I Heart Wines brand manager

Published:  01 October, 2014

Copestick Murray has appointed Samantha Cross as brand manager for its I Heart range of wines, following the departure of Rachel Archer, who moved to Off Piste Wines in June.

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Treasury's Lindeman's wine brand gets new look

Published:  01 October, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates is overhauling its Lindeman's wine range to reflect the brand's 170 years of heritage.

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Chester Osborn on his new d'Arenburg Amazing Site wines

Published:  29 September, 2014

Chester Osborn of d'Arenburg winery in McLaren Vale, on why he's decided to vinify and release winers from some of his top plots separately.

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Treasury Wine Estates turns down private equity bids

Published:  29 September, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has rejected two offers from private equity bidders in favour of continuing as a standalone company.

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Copestick Murray to be exclusive distributor of Lisa McGuigan Wines in European markets

Published:  26 September, 2014

Copestick Murray announced today they will be the exclusive distributor in European markets for Australian wine brands Lisa McGuigan Wines.

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Australian drinks design studio the Collective opens first European office

Published:  25 September, 2014

The Collective, a Sydney-based drinks design agency, has opened its first outpost outside Australia, in London.

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Heston Blumenthal to open Melbourne version of Fat Duck on February 3

Published:  17 September, 2014

The Australian version of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant is to open in Melbourne in February 3 2015 with reservations being taken from October 8.

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Accolade Wines switches its European division from the UK to Poland

Published:  17 September, 2014

Accolade Wines is to run its European affairs from a new dedicated office in Warsaw, Poland rather than manage the operation from its UK headquarters.

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New firm North South Wines ramps up activity

Published:  16 September, 2014

Newly-created North South Wines is planning to boost its team as it gets ready for a series of product launches in the coming months.

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Restaurant Australia to host London pop-up dinners to showcase country's wine and food

Published:  12 September, 2014

 

Thirty benchmark Australian wines have been chosen to be served at the series of pop-up dinners to be held by Restaurant Australia in London later this month.

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Seckford Agencies toasts sales growth

Published:  12 September, 2014

Seckford Agencies has seen sales grow by 10 to 15% in the past year, says director David Cartwright.

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De Bortoli Wines closes UK office

Published:  10 September, 2014

Australian wine estate De Bortoli Wines has closed its standalone UK distribution office - instead opting for an equity stake in newly-founded North South Wines distribution firm.

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Ex-Ehrmanns directors form new wine distribution company

Published:  09 September, 2014

Three high profile UK wine professionals, including two former Ehrmanns directors, have launched their own distribution company in partnership with three wineries, including De Bortoli wines, which is closing its UK office as a result.

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Hess Family moves Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten to Liberty

Published:  08 September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates has switched distribution of its Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten Druitt to Liberty Wines in the UK.

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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Australian winemakers to join Negociants on tour of UK independents

Published:  04 September, 2014

Negociants UK will be hitting the road later this month  as part of a nationwide tour of tastings focused on the independent and on-trade. 

 

 

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Wine Australia's Yvonne May dies

Published:  01 September, 2014

Yvonne May, Wine Australia's European director has lost her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia cancer and passed away over the weekend.

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Wine Australia ramps up Nordic focus

Published:  21 August, 2014

Wine Australia is targeting the Nordic markets by bringing a roadshow to Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki next month.

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Australian wine Wolf Blass builds sporting links with new campaign

Published:  20 August, 2014

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is building on its sporting links with a new marketing campaign called Above Beyond.

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Liberty Wines adds Australian Tempranillo to portfolio

Published:  19 August, 2014

Liberty Wines has added Australia's La Linea to its portfolio, which managing director David Gleave MW says demonstrates the potential for Tempranillo in the Adelaide Hills.

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Australian wine companies to gain better protection with joint agreement with Woolworths

Published:  13 August, 2014

Australian wine producers are set to gain better protection with the signing of the "Good Wine Buyer and Suppler Principles: A Code of Fairness and Transparency'' with Australia's biggest wine retailer Woolworths Liquor Group (WLG).

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Matriarch and co-founder of Yellow Tail and Casella Family Brands dies

Published:  12 August, 2014

Maria Casella, the co-founder of Casella Family Brands and its flagship brand, Yellow Tail, died on August 10, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.

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Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines

Published:  07 August, 2014

Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe, which is starting to push up prices.

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Private equity firm KKR ups bid for Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  04 August, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has opened its books to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts following its revised - 10% higher - offer of US$3.15 billion for the wine business.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  18 July, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Five wines awarded Champion status at the IWC 2014 awards

Published:  17 July, 2014

France, Germany, Australia, and Portugal shared the honours last night as the overall Champion Wines were announced at the 31st annual International Wine Challenge awards ceremony in London. 

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Botham, Atherton and Gooch lead Lord's cricket celebration with Hardys wine

Published:  16 July, 2014

Legends from across cricket came together last night at Lord's to take part in a special trade dinner to mark the ground's 200 year anniversary and Hardys brand sponsorship of English cricket.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  11 July, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Australian premium wine not growing as fast as key competitors

Published:  11 July, 2014

Australian wine is not growing as fast at the premium end of the market as key competing countries like France, according to figures from Nielsen.

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Screw cap grows in popularity in UK and Australia, but Americans lag behind

Published:  09 July, 2014

Americans are still wary of screw cap closures for wine, while their British and Australian counterparts are much more accepting.

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Australia-Japan trade agreement could boost Oz wine industry

Published:  09 July, 2014

Australia's wine industry got a shot in the arm yesterday as the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) was signed, which will offer 97% of Australia exports to Japan preferential or duty free access to Japan's $5 trillion market.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 July, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Bulk Pinot Grigio stocks tighten, says Murphy Wine Company

Published:  03 July, 2014
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Australian wineries face selling wines at a loss in 2014

Published:  03 July, 2014

Australian wineries face selling their wines at a loss this year if prices fall below current levels, given high costs of grapes and production in 2014, warns top wine broker.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Coca-Cola exec to lead Asia and Europe

Published:  02 July, 2014
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Mentzendorff boosts premium Australian wine range with Kilikanoon

Published:  01 July, 2014

Mentzendorff is looking to ramp up its premium Australian wine offering and has taken on distribution of Clare Valley's Kilikanoon as a first step.

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Australian wine legend, Doug Lehmann, dies a year after his father Peter

Published:  30 June, 2014

Doug Lehmann, one of the charismatic figures in the Australian wine trade, has died over the weekend aged 62.

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Penfolds to push back Bin, Icon and Luxury wines to one combined release in October

Published:  25 June, 2014

 

Penfolds, the iconic Australian wine brand, is to combine the annual release of its Bin Series, Icon and Luxury Collection wines into one overall Penfolds Collection range that will take place on October 16.

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Treasury changes Penfolds release dates as it writes down AU$260m

Published:  25 June, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates says 2015 will be a "reset year" as it writes down AU$260 million for 2014 and prepares to consolidate Penfolds' release dates to October to better manage allocations.

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Australia must continue to push its premium wines, says Negociants

Published:  24 June, 2014

"There will always be cheap wine in the market - that shouldn't detract or deviate the Australian wine industry from its premium message", says Negociants managing director Simon Thorpe MW.

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Matthieu Longuere comes out top in Wine Australia's Tasting Blind Club

Published:  18 June, 2014

Master Sommelier, Matthieu Longuere, has been announced as the 2014 winner of Wine Australia's Tasting Blind Club.

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Oxford Landing's ad campaign demonstrates 'absolute' commitment to UK

Published:  16 June, 2014

Australia's Oxford Landing wine brand is launching a 'significant' advertising campaign across London's underground stations, streetscapes and black cabs.

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Accolade Wine borrows US$300 million to drive global growth

Published:  10 June, 2014

GE Capital International has provided Accolade Wines with a US$300 million cross-border credit facility in order for the world's fifth largest wine producer to continue to grow its brands globally.

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Neil McGuigan and Julian Dyer on global markets, top end wines and Masterchef

Published:  10 June, 2014

Neil McGuigan, chief executive of Australian Vintage and Julian Dyer, the group's UK general manager reveal its UK marketing plans, what it sees as opportunities for growth and how the 2014 harvest has shaped up.

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Australian wine chief tips US as 'outstanding opportunity' for wine

Published:  10 June, 2014

Top Australian wine producer Neil McGuigan says the US market is a "sleeping giant" when it comes to wine consumption, and predicts its growth will outpace China in the next few years.

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Alliance Wine opens London office to grow on-trade sales

Published:  09 June, 2014

Alliance Wine is opening an office in London to boost its sales into the capital's on-trade and south east market.

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Hardys to enjoy blanket advertising through Sky Sports and England cricket link-ups

Published:  06 June, 2014

Hardys, the Australian wine brand, will be advertised up to an astonishing 5,000 times this summer on Sky Sports as part of its sponsorship of England cricket.

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Penfolds' chief winemaker says 2014 vintage 'surprisingly good'

Published:  02 June, 2014

Penfolds' chief winemaker says Australia's 2014 vintage is "surprisingly good for something that was looking a bit ordinary".

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Hardys launches direct-to-consumer online wine store

Published:  29 May, 2014

Accolade owned wine brand Hardys is getting into direct-to-consumer sales with the launch of its 1853 Club, dedicated to online sales of its more premium wines.

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Bibendum boosts Australian range with Rathbone Wine Group

Published:  29 May, 2014

Bibendum Wine has beefed up its Australian portfolio with the addition of three new Australian wineries  following a partnership with Rathbone Wine Group.

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Treasury Wine Estates declines AUS$3 billion acquisition deal

Published:  21 May, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates declined an offer which was proposed in April from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to buy the company for a cash price of AUS$4.70 per share, valuing the offer at AUS$3.05 billion.

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Jacob's Creek unveils tennis-inspired bottles for Wimbledon

Published:  20 May, 2014

To celebrate its fourth year as the official wine of Wimbledon, Jacob's Creek  is launching two tennis white limited edition bottles.

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Jacob's Creek to release limited edition white-bottled Wimbledon wines

Published:  20 May, 2014
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Australia scoops 19 trophies and 890 medals at International Wine Challenge

Published:  14 May, 2014

Australian wines swept the floor at the International Wine Challenge 2014, taking home 19 trophies and 890 medals.

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Growth in bulk wine shipping to slow, says JF Hillebrand boss

Published:  12 May, 2014
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France tops medal chart at the International Wine Challenge 2014

Published:  07 May, 2014

France has topped the medal chart at the International Wine Challenge for the 31st year running, taking 1987 medals, including 113 golds.

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McWilliam's revamps entire wine range to stand out in "staid" Australian category

Published:  29 April, 2014

 

McWilliam's, the family-owned Australian producer, has completely overhauled its portfolio of brands to ensure it has the right wines at the right price points for its target consumers.

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International Brands in £750k marketing push

Published:  16 April, 2014

International Brands is investing £750,000 into marketing in 2014, with a push on South African wine Makulu and its Broadleaf range.

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Chile and South Africa wine exports surge

Published:  16 April, 2014

Chile and South Africa saw the volume of their wine exports surge ahead last year, while Australia and Argentina faced more challenges, according to Rabobank's latest report.  

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Published:  15 April, 2014

The international wine trade hit a "watershed moment" in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

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Breakthrough in fight against Scotch whisky fakes in Australia

Published:  15 April, 2014

Scotch whisky has been registered as a certification trade mark in Australia, giving consumers and the industry better protection against the growing market for fake whiskies there.

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TWE's new chief executive says "structural changes" inevitable

Published:  08 April, 2014

A week into his new role as chief executive at Treasury Wine Estates, Michael Clarke has admitted "there is a lot that needs to be fixed."

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Wine Australia's Yvonne May takes extended leave over illness

Published:  07 April, 2014

Wine Australia's European director Yvonne May is taking extended leave from the generic body to receive treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

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Q&A with ?Paul Schaafsma, general manager UK, Ireland and AMESCA for Accolade Wines

Published:  04 April, 2014

Paul Schaafsma the general manager for UK, Ireland and AMESCA at Accolade Wines about a new working culture for the group and his UK wine strategy moving forward.

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Naked Wines' bond-funded fine wine is ready

Published:  03 April, 2014
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Pressure on wine shipments mounts as US ports still deadlocked over contracts

Published:  03 April, 2014

Strike threats at western US sea ports are ongoing, with wine logistics experts predicting major problems for those who have not planned ahead.

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Heston Blumenthal to take Fat Duck and Dinner to Melbourne

Published:  31 March, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is to close his three Michelin star restaurant, the Fat Duck, and re-open it in Melbourne, Australia as part of a six-month deal with the Crown Melbourne Resort. When it returns to the UK it will be replaced by his other UK Michelin restaurant, Dinner.

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Wine Australia prepares for on-trade push

Published:  27 March, 2014

Wine Australia is getting ready to up the ante in the on-trade with "extraordinary" dinners in London as part of Tourism Australia's latest campaign.

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Accolade Wines recapitalises with US $300m finance facility

Published:  26 March, 2014

Global alternative finance provider GE Capital has provided Accolade Wines with a US $300 million cross-border finance facility.

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Australian harvest smaller than 2013, with quality "mixed bag"

Published:  25 March, 2014

The Australian harvest looks to be smaller than 2013, with quality a "mixed bag", say experts.

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Treasury Wine Estates looks to double the size of its travel retail business

Published:  24 March, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates wants to double the size of it travel retail business within five years as it steps its distribution with exclusive and premium wines to airports, cruise ships, ferries and other key travel wine sectors.

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Accolade Wines' no longer 'slow to react', says UK chief

Published:  24 March, 2014

Accolade Wines' UK general manager says cultural changes at the company and a smaller team have made it more responsive to customers.

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Hardys to be official wine sponsor of English cricket team

Published:  21 March, 2014

Australian wine brand, Hardys, is to be the official wine of the English cricket team having signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the England Cricket Board.

 

 

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Bibendum strengthens Australian portfolio with Wynns

Published:  13 March, 2014

Bibendum has added Coonawarra estate Wynns to its portfolio, along with boutique Margaret River producer Fraser Gallop and fortified wines Morris of Rutherglen.

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Tim Wildman MW on the vision behind his Vineyard Safaris tourism concept Down Under

Published:  06 March, 2014

There's no hill at the Hill of Grace vineyard. This often surprises people when they visit Henschke's famous site but the name comes from a translation of the 19th century Lutheran church Gnadenberg which is adjacent to the beautiful, but relatively flat, vineyard I'm currently standing in. Its 5pm and still 35 degrees and the photographer is telling me to smile and say something funny. We're shooting for the website of my new business Vineyard Safaris and I'm wondering, as I struggle to be amusing for the hundredth time that day, how the hell did I end up here?

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PLB to distribute Australia's Capel Vale

Published:  03 March, 2014

PLB is the new UK agent for Western Australian winery Capel Vale, which will be distributed to the independent, specialist and on-trade sectors.

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Australian Vintage sees UK bulk wine sales fall but remains optimistic

Published:  03 March, 2014
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Liberty Wines prioritises customer education over London Wine Fair

Published:  27 February, 2014

Liberty Wines is prioritising its customer roadshows ahead of major trade exhibitions and won't be attending London Wine Fair this year. 

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Southern hemisphere harvests get underway

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Half year operating profits significantly down at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  20 February, 2014

Half-year operating profits at Treasury Wine Estates fell by 38% to A$45.8 million, which it blamed on increased marketing and distribution investment and challenging conditions in Asia and Australia.   

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints industry outsider as new chief executive

Published:  20 February, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed industry outsider Michael Clarke, veteran of Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola, as its new managing director and chief executive.

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?The Smith report: The rise of the Great British pound

Published:  07 February, 2014

Erin Smith assesses the currency map as the pound continues to gain ground

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California's drought could raise foreign wine imports to the US and bulk wine prices

Published:  05 February, 2014

With California in the midst of one the most severe droughts in its history, the shortfall in domestic wine supply in the US could see a rise in bulk wine prices and an increase in foregin wine imports. 

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Australia Day Tasting hosts over 700 visitors

Published:  31 January, 2014

Australia Day Tasting, hosted by Wine Australia and held yesterday, saw more than 700 trade and press guests visit Lindley Hall in London, indicating that Australian wine maybe coming back in style.

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Jacob's Creek marks new brand imagery with Fiano and Sangiovese wines

Published:  29 January, 2014

Jacobs Creek has unveiled its first major brand review since it was launched in 1976 that looks to reinforce its history, provenance and sense of place with consumers.

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Justin Knock MW on wine pricing, supply and demand in 2014

Published:  22 January, 2014

Justin Knock MW, consultant at Cobevco, takes a look at what the industry can expect regarding pricing, supply and demand in the year ahead.

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Vineyard Safaris to offer holiday makers luxury VIP tours to Australia's most iconic wineries

Published:  21 January, 2014

Vineyard Safaris is a new Australian wine tourism project set up to provide holiday makers with luxury VIP access to some of the most exclusive vineyards and cellars in the country. 

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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McGuigan Wines invests in customer promotion to drive brand visibility

Published:  20 January, 2014
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Southern hemisphere harvests look good for bulk wine, says Murphy Wine

Published:  16 January, 2014
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Australian Vintage boss predicts strong 2014

Published:  15 January, 2014
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Australia's 2014 vintage gets underway

Published:  15 January, 2014
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Geoffrey Dean on how Australia's future could well be Orange

Published:  15 January, 2014

When Stephen Doyle, the renowned winemaker at Bloodwood in the Orange region of New South Wales, received a complementary message purportedly from an England cricket team official in early January, he was not sure if it was genuine. An avid cricket fan, Doyle sent a witty response, writing that his wine's "deceptively spicy aromatic movement through the air is likely to bowl you sweetly over". He was pleased to hear from your Harpers correspondent that the individual in question, Colin Gibson, is indeed the ECB's director of communications. 

 

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014
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Country report: re-inventing Australia

Published:  10 January, 2014

Despite a difficult few years, Australia's winegrowers have been finding more and more reasons to be cheerful - even before the Ashes.

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?Interview: Dan Townsend on building fine wine brands at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  10 January, 2014

The pressure on wine brands to succeed in the UK is nowhere more intense than at Treasury Wine Estates. Richard Siddle asks its UK head, Dan Townsend, how it can succeed with both mainstream and fine-wine brands

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Enotria to add Australian Burch Family Wines to portfolio

Published:  09 January, 2014

Burch Family Wines, which has a winery in Margaret River in South West Australia, and a winery in Denmark, in the Great Southern region, is the newest addition to the Enotria wine portfolio.

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New premium Australian wine importer launches

Published:  07 January, 2014
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New premium Australian wine importer launches

Published:  07 January, 2014
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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Julian Dyer, Australian Vintage

Published:  27 December, 2013

This time in our festive round up of 2 Good, 2 Bad from 2013 and 2 Hopes and Fears for 2013 we turn to Julian Dyer, general manager for UK and Europe for Australian Vintage. 

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes Fears for 2014: Julian Dyer, Australian Vintage

Published:  27 December, 2013

This time in our festive round up of 2 Good, 2 Bad from 2013 and 2 Hopes and Fears for 2013 we turn to Julian Dyer, general manager for UK and Europe for Australian Vintage. 

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Robin Copestick heads home and reflects on his Asian and Australia adventure

Published:  24 December, 2013

In his final account from travelling around Asia and Australia for the last couple of months, Robin Copestick, co-founder of Copestick Murray, reflects on his weeks on the road, what he has learnt and the lessons to be applied in 2014. 

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Geoffrey Dean basks amongst the vines and winemakers of Margaret River

Published:  23 December, 2013

After the desert-like 40-degree heat of Perth for the Test match, it was quite a relief to encounter Margaret River's Mediterranean climate with temperatures in the mid-20s. World-class Chardonnays abound there, of course, but Voyager Estate has raised the bar to new heights with its expressions of the varietal.

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Q&A with Wayne Falkenberg, chief winemaker, Lindeman's

Published:  18 December, 2013

We talk to Wayne Falkenberg who has been with Lindeman's for 38 years.

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Amorim enjoys record year as it produces over 4 billion corks in 2013

Published:  16 December, 2013

Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world, has broken its own production record after manufacturing more than 4 billion mark cork stoppers this calendar year.  The news represents a major boost for cork, which continues its comeback after strong challenges from alternative closures.

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Amorim enjoys record year as it produces over 4 billion corks in 2013

Published:  16 December, 2013

Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world, has broken its own production record after manufacturing more than four billion mark cork stoppers this calendar year.  The news represents a major boost for cork, which continues its comeback after strong challenges from alternative closures.

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Accolade Wines takes on John Ratcliffe as its new chief executive

Published:  10 December, 2013

Accolade Wines has appointed former Seagrams and Oddbins chief, John Ratcliffe, as its new chief executive.

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Wine Vision chairman, Paul Henry, gives his personal view of global wine challenges

Published:  10 December, 2013

I like words, but I think that numbers do a better job at setting and managing expectation. So when an event entitled, 'Wine Vision', appears, and there is an opportunity to be involved, I guess you have to think pretty carefully about the risk and reward quotient - clearly, at some point, there should be a requirement to be 'visionary'.

 

 

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Consumers not convinced by premium New World sparkling wine says Tesco's Jewell

Published:  06 December, 2013

The market for New World sparkling wine in the UK is likely to remain stagnant for the foreseeable future, according to Tesco wine buyer Laura Jewell MW.

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Published:  04 December, 2013
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Treasury Wine Estates streamlines senior executive team

Published:  27 November, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced today that its executive leadership team, which included five brand business unit leaders and four regional business units, will be reduced to three roles consisting of one chief marketing officer and two regional chief commercial officers, effective immediately.

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Black frost devastates South East Australian vines

Published:  20 November, 2013

Australia's 2014 vintage is likely to be significantly affected by a severe "black" frost that has caused devastating damage to a number of regions in the south east of the country.

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Accolade to push Hardys Chardonnay with new consumer campaign

Published:  19 November, 2013

Accolade Wines is to launch a consumer campaign to raise brand awareness of Hardys Chardonnay.

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Robin Copestick's Asian and Australian adventure. Week One...

Published:  18 November, 2013

In the first of a series of blogs from his travels around South East Asia, Australia and Sri Lanka over the next six weeks, exploring the wine markets and opportunities for his own wines, Robin Copestick, co-founder of Copestick Murray, reports in from Shanghai

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Q&A with Col McBryde of Some Young Punks

Published:  15 November, 2013

Following a successful showing of Australia's Some Young Punks wines at Boutinot's Powerhouse tastings in Manchester, Katherine Canfield catches up with winemaker Col McBryde for the story behind the wines and their outlandish packaging

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Treasury Wine Estates faces lawsuit

Published:  07 November, 2013

The hangover continues for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) following its AUD $160 million write down earlier in the year; TWE now faces a lawsuit by Melbourne City Investments and second potential class action lawsuit funded by IMF Ltd and Maurice Blackburn lawyers who, to date, have only publicised their potential intent to undertake a shareholder class-action case against TWE but who have not, at this stage, commenced any legal proceedings.

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Accolades Wines acquires several brands from the Mud House Wine Group

Published:  06 November, 2013

The Mud House Wine Group has agreed to sell New Zealand brands Mud House, Dusky Sounds, Haymaker, Skyleaf and Waipara Hills, including the Waipara Hills cellar door and café, to Accolade Wines, subject to approval by New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office.

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Australians turn their backs on imported sparkling wine in favour of home grown fizz

Published:  01 November, 2013

The prospects for Australian sparkling wine are looking rosy, thanks to a weakening dollar which has forced the cost of imported wines up, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

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Analysis: Australia's role in global wine shortage concerns

Published:  01 November, 2013

Buy some wine stock and lock the bottles up - a wine shortage may be on the horizon. Morgan Stanley Research released a report titled, "The Global Wine Industry" this week, calling out the risk of an impending 'shortage'.

The report has received widescale media coverage this week and a number of critics have lined up to challenge its findings.

Harpers.co.uk decided to take a look at a few of the key production countries that were reviewed in the report to see what role, if any, they may be playing, in the shortage that may or may not be on the horizon. Starting with Australia.

 

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Origin Wine hires Phil Reedman MW to cover Australia

Published:  21 October, 2013
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Penfolds recorking clinic to return to London

Published:  18 October, 2013

Iconic Australian wine brand Penfolds will be hosting a recorking clinic, the first in five years, on October 22 at the Berkeley hotel in London, offering collectors and owners an opportunity to have their wines examined and recorked if necessary.

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Round table: Reinventing Australia

Published:  09 October, 2013

The Australian wine industry continues to change in front of our eyes. To help determine what it could be doing better in the UK, Harpers teamed up with Negociants UK to ask the views of a leading group of UK independent and multiple buyers

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Lindeman's £1m ad campagin aims for top spot

Published:  08 October, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates-owned Australian wine brand Lindeman's has unveiled a £1 million UK digital advertising campaign in a bid to become the "biggest Australian wine brand in the world".

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Wine Business Solutions: What's the future for Australian Wine?

Published:  03 October, 2013

Following the recent Savour conference in Adelaide, Wine Business Solutions gives its assessment on the future challenges and opportunities for the Australian wine industry and asks the question: Was Savour the Saviour?

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Oxford Landing scoops major agricultural awards

Published:  23 September, 2013

Oxford Landing Estates winery manager Ashley Ratcliff has won two major Australian agricultural awards in one week.

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Schaafsma: Australia has a lot to shout about

Published:  23 September, 2013

As an Australian working in the UK, Paul Schaafsma, Accolade Wines' chief executive for Europe, is determined to play his part in shouting about what his country can offer the UK wine market.

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Savour 2013 confirms new link up between Australian wine and Tourism Australia

Published:  16 September, 2013

Savour 2013, Wine Australia's largest event international event, kicked off last night in Adelaide with the official announcement of a new advertising campaign partnership with Tourism Australia.

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Key global wine trends and winnners and losers in 2013-2014

Published:  05 September, 2013

Erin Smith takes a look at the overall trends influencing the wine industry and looks ahead to who are the likely winners and losers from a changing global economic picture.

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Adelaide all set for Australia's biggest wine conference

Published:  03 September, 2013

Up to 750 guests from around the world are expected to fly in to Adelaide later this month for Savour Australia for what organisers are claiming is "the most comprehensive exploration of Australian wine ever undertaken".

 

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Trade gears up for Savour Australia 2013

Published:  02 September, 2013

Seven-hundred and fifty guests have signed up for wine conference Savour Australia, which will take place from September 15-18 in Adelaide.

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Treasury sees 50% profits dip due to unsold wine in US

Published:  22 August, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates has seen annual net profits slide by 50% due to one-off charges on unsold wine in the US, but sales in the UK have shown signs of recovery in recent months.

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Australian Vintage chief calls for lower-alcohol tax breaks

Published:  20 August, 2013

Australian Vintage chief executive Neil McGuigan wants the UK government to introduce a new tax band to encourage the production of wines naturally lower in alcohol.

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Penfolds teams up with D&D London

Published:  13 August, 2013

Australian wine brand Penfolds is to partner restaurant group D&D London.

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AC/DC hopes for Platinum success

Published:  12 August, 2013

AC/DC, the legendary rock band, may have seen many of their albums go platinum, but now they hope to experience the same success in their burgeoning wine career with the release of their latest wine range - Platinum.

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Australian Vintage launches low-alcohol wine in the UK

Published:  31 July, 2013

Summer Light Miranda is a new low-alcohol wine brand being produced by Australian Vintage for the UK and will be available on retail shelves this autumn.

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Digby Fine English hopes to become a global sparkling wine brand

Published:  31 July, 2013

Digby Fine English, a new English sparkling wine, launched yesterday in London with grand ambitions to become a global sparkling wine brand.

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Paul Henry backs new Thousand Candles Australian wine brand

Published:  31 July, 2013

Former UK Wine Australia chief, Paul Henry, and Pinot Noir specialist, William Downie have teamed up to produce new Australian wine brand, Thousand Candles, which is to be distributed in the UK by Alliance Wine.

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Penfolds scoops Winery of the Year award

Published:  29 July, 2013

Penfolds has been awarded the title of Winery of the Year at the first James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.

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Wolf Blass signs up England and Aussie cricket stars

Published:  28 July, 2013

Leading Australian wine brand, Wolf Blass, helped bring together some of cricket's Ashes heroes of yesteryear at a special...

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Australian winemakers are pick of the crop at IWC

Published:  19 July, 2013

Wolf Blass's Chris Hatcher and Australian Vintage's Neil McGuigan were named Red and White Winemaker of the year respecitvely at last night's International Wine Challenge 2013 awards at London's Grosvenor Hotel.

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Wolf Blass signs up Strauss and Vaughan

Published:  10 July, 2013

Former Ashes winning England cricket captains, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, have been signed up by Australian wine...

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Peter Lehmann dies, aged 82

Published:  01 July, 2013

Legendary South Australian winemaker Peter Lehmann died on Friday, aged 82.

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Q&A: Tatiana Fokina, chief executive, Hedonism Wines

Published:  06 June, 2013

The head of Hedonism Wines tells Elinor Zuke why the London retail operation aspires to be the finest wine shop in the world

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Pernod Ricard celebrates 2013 vintage

Published:  02 May, 2013

The harvest in Australia took place up to six weeks earlier than 20 years ago, according to Pernod Ricard.

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Wine Australia to challenge global image at Savour

Published:  09 April, 2013

Wine Australia is to invite influential figures from the world of wine to what it claims will be the most comprehensive analysis of its wine...

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Wine Australia puts the focus on Riesling at Landmark Tasting

Published:  18 March, 2013

 

Wine Australia's showcasing of some of its key varietals and winemaking skills continued last week with an event dedicated to advances made in Riesling.

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De Bortoli adds to Deen Vat Series with Vat 1 Durif

Published:  01 March, 2013

Winning a host of awards across Australia last year is the De Bortoli Wines' Deen Vat 1 Durif 2010 (rrp £9.29) from its Deen Vat Series range.

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Penfolds releases 2013 Bin Collection

Published:  01 March, 2013

Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.

Text Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.

 

A total of eleven wines were released on Friday, including 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (rrp £50), 2010 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon (£48), 2010 Bin 150 Barossa Shiraz (£46) and 2010 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz (£22).

 

"Buyer beware of vintage pronouncements and superlatives. However, relax with 2010. Arguably Penfolds finest since 1990," said chief winemaker Peter Gago.

 

The 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was the "Bin 389 we've been waiting for," Gago added.

 

In total the 2013 Penfolds Bin Series covers three vintages, with the 2012 white wine vintage said to offer intensity of flavour and fruitfulness. "The white wines from this release - Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling and Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay - will be able to be enjoyed early, but also look to have longevity," said senior white winemaker Kym Schroeter.

 

Meanwhile 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz has scored a perfect 100 points in the Australian Report in the Wine Advocate. The score was awarded by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.

 

"Deep purple-black in colour, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+" Perrotti-Brown wrote.

 

The 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz will be released to the market on May 1.

 

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Wine Australia announces online wine research project

Published:  25 February, 2013

Wine Australia has announced a new research project into the UK online wine market in a bid to identify new opportunities for Australian wine producers to grow their business in this channel.

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Jacob's Creek launches True Character campaign

Published:  19 February, 2013

Jacob's Creek has released a new series of short films called the True Character Series in a campaign that includes...

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Jacob's Creek launches low-alcohol rosé

Published:  15 February, 2013

US wine giant Jacob's Creek has launched low-alcohol Summer Blush, at 5.5% abv, just in time for the summer months.

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Bibendum adds "iconic" Penfolds label to portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2013

Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

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Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

 

Bibendum will distribute Penfolds Bins, Icon and Luxury Wines as well as its on-trade exclusive range of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines and Penfolds Bin 2 from this month.

 

Matthew Clark had distributed Penfolds in the UK until four years ago, when TWE moved to a number of regional distribution arrangements.

 

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum's head of buying said: "Penfolds are a terrific addition to the Bibendum portfolio. We have always been very strong supporters of Australian wines and couldn't pass up the opportunity to distribute one of the country's most iconic names. "

 

A number of back vintage wines will also be made available to Bibendum under the agreement.

 

Bibendum will include a range of Penfolds wines at its annual tasting on Wednesday February 6.

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Australian Vintage to build on its branded wine offer in UK

Published:  01 February, 2013

Australian Vintage is teaming up with MasterChef's John Torode as it looks to strengthen its position in the UK branded wine market, both through its core McGuigan portfolio and new product launches.

TextAustralian Vintage is teaming up with MasterChef's John Torode as it looks to strengthen its position in the UK branded wine market, both through its core McGuigan portfolio and new product launches.

 

Torode is to work with Australian Vintage's chief executive Neil McGuigan on a collection of 50 recipes, which can be downloaded using QR codes on the back labels of any McGuigan wine. A dedicated website will then offer recipe ideas based on the wine the QR code has come from and their dietary preferences.

 

Julian Dyer, Australian Vintage's head of UK and Ireland, told Harpers that thanks to the quality of UK bottling, it is now able to bottle its iconic McGuigan Black Label brand in the UK for the first time. It is also launching McGuigan Black Label Reserve to the independent sector.

 

"McGuigan Black Label is the heart and soul of the company so it is crucial for us that it is being bottled in the UK," he stressed.

 

Black Label, he said, is vital in helping to push the premium Australian brand category up to and potentially beyond £9.99.

 

Dyer told Harpers: "This gives us an opportunity to stretch the phenomenal success we have had with the McGuigan brand and encourage more people to trade up."

 

He added: "You have to look to trade people up by £1 or £1.50 at a time. If you think you can get them to spend £3 to £4 more then you are kidding."

 

Australian Vintage is also looking to use its strong position in the UK to increasingly grow more business across Europe. Its close ties with UK bottlers, for example, means it can offer bulk shipping savings to distributors across Europe. "We treat bottling in the UK as an extension of our own winery," said Dyer.

 

But, equally, it remains "absolutely committed" to the UK, its number-one export market. Dyer said it was also vital it developed products for consumers who sill want to buy wine below £5.

 

These developments include:

 

  • Continued roll-out of its £3.49, 5.5% abv Vinni sparkling Moscato-based brand into supermarkets and convenience with new Blush and Black variants
  • A new range of 5.5% abv wines featuring a white, red and rosé under its new low-alcohol umbrella brand name Summer Light, first introduced, alongside Summer Time, in Australia
  • Bubblique, a sparkling flavoured wine proposition at 8.5% abv and "well below £10".

 

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How will you be changing your wine list this year?

Published:  24 January, 2013

As we go into 2013, we ask three industry sommeliers from Sketch, Coq d'Argent and Launceston Place how they'll be looking at changing their wine lists this year.

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My hopes for 2013: Simon Thorpe of Negociants UK on the need to plan ahead

Published:  09 January, 2013

Can you remember what you were doing a decade ago, or would you have an idea as to what you will be doing in 10 years time? I don't, and secretly I'm quite glad about that - my diary is generally planned a month in advance and any further ahead than that seems too far off.

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Wine Australia to hold global wine forum

Published:  20 December, 2012

Wine Australia is holding a global Australian wine forum in September 2013, which is hopes will usher in a "new era" for Australian wine.

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Australian wine most popular in off-trade but France leads on-trade

Published:  07 December, 2012

Australia is the most popular wine in the UK off-trade, while France tops on-trade sales, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association Market Report.

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Australia's leading family wineries focus on China

Published:  21 November, 2012

Australia's top family wineries have turned their attention to the Chinese wine market.

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Ex-Waverley wine boss joins Australian Vintage

Published:  05 November, 2012

Ex-Waverley wine boss Henry Moran has joined Australian Vintage.

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Stevens Garnier launches premium hand-crafted Australian wines

Published:  23 October, 2012

UK agent Stevens Garnier is further broadening its international portfolio by launching a series of premium, hand-crafted Australian wines from Pyren Vineyard.

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Australian Vintage launches wine-based sparkler Vinni

Published:  19 October, 2012

A "new category" called Vinni (rrp £3.49) has been launched by Australian Vintage for consumers who enjoy wine but with a less alcohol and more fizz.

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Bill Hardy vows to protect family name

Published:  10 October, 2012

Bill Hardy, winemaker and family member at the leading Australian wine brand, is intent on safeguarding his heritage and has no intention of stepping down from the firm his family built.

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DeBortoli adds to Willowglen range

Published:  28 September, 2012

Two new additions to DeBortoli's Willowglen range are the Willowglen Pinot Grigio 2011 and Willowglen Gewürztraminer Riesling 2011 (rrp £7.29).

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New blog series: Negociants UK Winemaker Tour

Published:  25 September, 2012

Six winemakers from Australia and New Zealand hit the road last week as Negociants embarked on its first ever UK winemaker tour, in order to re-establish close links with the trade. In the first of a new series, Virginia Willcock, chief winemaker at Vasse Felix in the Margaret River, blogs about her return to the UK and what's happening at the vineyard back home in Oz.

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Julian Dyer to head up Australian Vintage in Europe

Published:  10 September, 2012

Wine producer Australian Vintage, (AVL) has confirmed its interim general manager UK & Europe, Julian Dyer has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis.

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McWilliams to launch Weight Watchers endorsed wine range in the UK

Published:  10 September, 2012

Australian producer McWilliams is the first winery to sign an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers, the international diet programme, aimed at bringing lower alcohol wines to a new wider audience.

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At Your Service events - September and October

Published:  06 September, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for September and October.

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James Busby Travel confirms Australia 'trip of a lifetime' names

Published:  03 September, 2012

The list of overseas visitors has been confirmed for the third James Busby Travel "trip of a lifetime" to Australia.

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NZ and OZ winemakers hit the road with Negociants

Published:  24 August, 2012

Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand will be hitting the road this month as Negociants embarks on its first ever UK winemaker tour, in order to re-establish close links with the trade.

 

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Australian Vintage's Julian Dyer steps up as interim UK boss

Published:  06 August, 2012

Australian Vintage's Julian Dyer is to step up as acting general manager for the UK and Ireland as Paul Schaafsma moves to Accolade Wines.

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Winemaker Tour hits London, Manchester and Bristol

Published:  02 August, 2012

Independents are invited to meet six of Australia and New Zealand's leading winemakers during the Negociants UK Winemaker Tour.

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Wine Australia hosts specialist Semillon tasting

Published:  30 July, 2012

Wine Australia is to host a specialist seminar looking at the various styles of Semillon the country can now produce at Australia House in London on September 18.

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Penfolds launches limited edition £110k wine

Published:  02 July, 2012

Penfolds is taking wine pricing to new levels by launching a £110,000 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, in a limited edition glass ampoule.

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Liberty Wines takes on Hess Family's Colomé, Amalaya and Glen Carlou

Published:  20 June, 2012

Liberty Wines has taken on the agency for Hess Family Estates' Bodega Colomé and Amalaya and South Africa's Glen Carlou.

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Peter Gago: natural methods shouldn't govern winemaking

Published:  31 May, 2012

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago has a lot of respect for natural winemaking, but believes it shouldn't govern the process of making a good wine.

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Negociants UK wants to be number one Australian and New Zealand specialist in the UK

Published:  24 May, 2012


Negociants UK is firmly focused on becoming the number one specialist operator in Britain for Australian and New Zealand wines.

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Treasury Wine Estates launches Beringer Classics to hit premium US wine market in UK

Published:  22 May, 2012

Treasury Wine Estates is launching Beringer Classics in a bid to capture a significant share of the premium £6+ US wine category in the UK.

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Australia's top family wineries 'pull back' from UK

Published:  20 May, 2012

Australia's top family wineries are finding the UK increasingly tough - leading a number to "pull back" from the market.

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LIWF - Australian Vintage spreads its wings

Published:  18 May, 2012

A double pod is in order this year for Australian Vintage at LIWF 2012, to allow it to spread its wings under the Tempus Two and Nepenthe banner, while also showcasing other premium wines from its ever-growing portfolio.

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LIWF - hidden gems at Treasury

Published:  18 May, 2012

There's a host of hidden gems over at Treasury Wine Estates, with launches from its world brands Penfolds, Beringer, Wolf Blass and Rosemount.

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James Busby Travel confirms Australia 'trip of a lifetime' names

Published:  14 May, 2012

The first group of wine industry names have been confirmed for this year's James Busby Travel "trip of a lifetime" to Australia.

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Oxford Landing Estates launches Nice One Sunshine campaign

Published:  11 May, 2012

Oxford Landing Estates is to run a month-long Nice One Sunshine poster campaign in London Underground and National Rail stations to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Naked Wines to open retail operations in Australia and US

Published:  09 May, 2012

Naked Wines is to invest £5.5 million in Australian and US winemakers in 2012, and will be opening low-key retail operations in both countries over the summer.

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Sterling hits highs - Australian and NZ dollars hit lows

Published:  09 May, 2012

Sterling strengthened to fresh highs against the commodity backed currencies as risk aversion drove the market.

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Peter Lehmann Wines switches distribution to Hallgarten

Published:  01 May, 2012

Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines have switched distribution from Enotria to Hallgarten Druitt.

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Australian winemakers to march on parliament

Published:  30 April, 2012

Hunter Valley winemakers are leading a march on parliament in Sydney against government plans to allow coal seam gas exploration, which could threaten vine growing land.

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No Australia Day Tasting in 2013

Published:  20 April, 2012

Wine Australia is ditching its annual trade tasting in 2013, and will now hold the event once every two years.

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Wine Australia changes to pay as you go funding model

Published:  18 April, 2012

Wine Australia is changing its generic marketing activity on offer to a user pays format - the body argues it will give it a "neutral position" and allow it to be "more agile".

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Neil McGuigan: Consumers need education that 'less is more' on flavour

Published:  27 March, 2012

Consumers need to be educated that 'less is more' when it comes to trading up, according to Australian Vintage boss Neil McGuigan.

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Guala buys Australian screwcap maker

Published:  20 February, 2012

Guala Closures is continuing its buying spree - which has seen it acquire five firms within the last 18 months - with the purchase of Australian screwcap manufacturer ASA.

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Treasury Wine reports solid half year growth

Published:  17 February, 2012

Despite falling volumes and a drop in sales revenue, Treasury Wine Estates has reported solid growth in earnings in its half year results.

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Penfolds: one of Australia's most-desired brands

Published:  06 February, 2012

Iconic Australian brand Penfolds dominated the Australian secondary wine market last year - securing 70 places in the top 100.

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Tim Wildman MW: Australia in the Goldilocks Zone

Published:  03 February, 2012

In a bright, white gallery space on The Kings Road in Chelsea the annual Australia Day Wine Tasting took place last week. Amid the slurping and spitting, tasters who listened very carefully may have detected a rumbling; deep, subterranean, underground. It could have been a tube train passing below, or a low flying plane overhead. But it was neither of these. The rumbling you may have heard, over the clatter of bottles of Chardonnay and Shiraz, is the sound made as the tectonic plates of the Great Australian Wine Industry shift and rearrange themselves for the first time in a generation.

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Berkmann's revamps Australian wine portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2012

Berkmann Wine Cellars has revamped its Australian agency portfolio, having replaced 85% of the current lines.

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Australian Vintage to launch 5.5% abv Vinni

Published:  30 January, 2012

Australian Vintage is entering the lower-alcohol market with the launch of 5.5% abv Vinni, targeting 18 to 25 year-olds.

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Oxford triumphs in University Wine Championship

Published:  30 January, 2012

As Oxford University scoops the award for Wine Australia's University Wine Champion initiative, the generic body looks to expand the initiative into 2013.

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Country reports: Australia

Published:  27 January, 2012

For my money, Australia remains the most diverse and exciting wine producer in the southern hemisphere...

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Wine writer Matthew Jukes wins top Australian award

Published:  23 January, 2012

Wine journalist Matthew Jukes has been crowned Honorary Australian of the Year for his contribution to the Australian wine industry.

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Julian Dyer to join Australian Vintage

Published:  20 January, 2012

Julian Dyer, senior wine buyer at Sainsbury's is leaving to join Australian Vintage.

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Australian Vintage recruits Sainsbury's Julian Dyer

Published:  20 January, 2012

Australian Vintage is beefing up its off-trade team with the recruitment of Sainsbury's senior wine buyer, Julian Dyer.

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Slurp to use 'SlurpVision' as major sales platform

Published:  18 January, 2012

Online retailer Slurp is celebrating its 'SlurpVision' video channel passing its 100 tasting video mark and its emergence as a major platform supporting online sales.

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Penfolds gets its own managing director

Published:  07 December, 2011

Iconic wine brand Penfolds has appointed Gary Burnand as its managing director.

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Wine Australia UK plays down proposed London move

Published:  05 December, 2011

Wine Australia's UK chief has played down the proposed move from its central London offices as part of a drive to cut costs.

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Treasury targets top end with fine wine unit

Published:  28 November, 2011

Treasury Wine Estates has set up a fine wine business unit to better showcase its wines in the £15 plus category.

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Western Australia bushfire - minimal impact on wineries

Published:  25 November, 2011

Western Australia bushfire impact on wineries has been"small", according to Nick Power, chief executive officer, Margaret River Wine Industry Association (MRWIA).

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Penfolds releases Bin 620 after 40 year wait

Published:  16 November, 2011

After a wait of over 40 years, Australian producer Penfolds has released Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008.

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Lindeman's adds NZ Sauvignon Blanc to range

Published:  26 October, 2011

New World wine brand Lindeman's has added a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to its Winemaker's Discovery Range.

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Currency and pricing strategy takes toll on Treasury Wine

Published:  25 October, 2011

Treasury Wine Estates - the company which owns the Penfolds, Lindemans and Wolf Blass brands - has blamed currency fluctuations for a decline in earnings in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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Australian Vintage relaunches Tempus Two to UK

Published:  29 September, 2011

Australian Vintage has set up its own independent and on-trade division to distribute its premium Tempus Two range in the UK.

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Mike Paul on why independents do deserve a more disciplined service from suppliers

Published:  16 September, 2011

I've been following the debate around channel strategy with great interest and with some surprise. The UK trade is in my view more professional than ever which implies that the rather ad hoc basis on which many suppliers, and indeed retailers, went about developing their business in the last century has been replaced by a more strategic mindset. And whilst I accept that the recession has put more pressure on companies to take business where they can the intensity of the debate suggests that a surprising number of suppliers are attempting to "run with the hare and also with the hounds".

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Casella's McPherson joins Rosemount team

Published:  14 September, 2011

Treasury Wine Estates has named Angus McPherson as the new managing director of Australian wine brand Rosemount.

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Blog: Anne Krebiehl does Australian Shiraz

Published:  13 September, 2011

Anne Krebiehl blogs on Australian Shiraz tasting.

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Sir George Fistonich receives IWC Lifetime Achievement Award

Published:  07 September, 2011

Sir George Fistonich, owner and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, has received the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Win £2500 worth of wine with Penfolds promo

Published:  01 September, 2011

Aussie wine brand Penfolds is giving away a cellar of wine worth £2500 in a new neck-collar promotion.

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Treasury Wine Estates posts net profit of AUS$64m

Published:  22 August, 2011

Treasury Wine Estates, which owns Penfolds, Lindeman's and Wolf Blass, has posted net profits of AUS$64.1 million as the volume of wine sales fell by 6.6%.

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Bordeaux faces New World challenge

Published:  19 August, 2011

New World wines have the potential to challenge Bordeaux's dominance of the fine wine market, according to one leading merchant.

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Australian and US wines under-represented in on-trade, says WDR

Published:  16 August, 2011

Australian and USA wines are being under-represented in pubs and restaurants according to analysis from the Wilson Drinks Report, WDR.

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Australian producer loses £675k of wine in forklift blunder

Published:  25 July, 2011

An Australian winery has lost a third of its production after a forklift dropped 462 cases of its wine.

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Paul Schaafsma, European Sales and Marketing Director of Australian Vintage

Published:  07 July, 2011

McGuigan is the fastest growing global wine brand in the UK top 20 despite a 9% increase in its shelf price. McGuigan has experiencing 62% sales growth in the past 12 months with its sales now topping £65M. How?

Simple. Listen, don't dictate and get your head out of the sand.

here is no question that the UK is challenging market but it also fluid, dynamic and full of opportunity. The key to building a successful brand is to listen to the market - adapt your strategy and innovate to ensure you are delivering wines that are relevant and appropriate. Continually sense check your wine style, varieties and packaging to ensure your brand has the edge, and is delivering what retailers and consumers what now, not yesterday or 12 months ago.

As a supplier you need to be culturally appropriate, flexible in your approach, quick to respond and be a 'user-friendly' distributor who will listen, take on board feedback and not dictate terms. Brand owners with the attitude of 'my brand is king, this is what it is, it is a must stock and by the way, I'm increasing my price' will see sales decline and their brand become irrelevant.

Our retail partners are just that, partners. We share a common goal to deliver quality, value and consumer appropriate products across all price points.

You must ensure your brand is relevant to the consumers who buy it.

Ignore market trends at your peril. This is not a case of one-size fits all - the UK market is unique and complex, and as such you must be flexible, listen and willing to change.

The lifecycle of Australian wine in the UK is such that the market is looking for what is new from Australia, what is different and how we've evolved our wine styles to remain relevant and appropriate. Australia is a key category to every retailer - the challenge is to not rest on our laurels and continue to evolve, innovate and make wines that retailers want to list, and consumers want to drink. Quality and value for money across key price points is of utmost importance and more often than not the market looks to Australia to take the lead.

Wine is a trend, and constantly evolving - as a brand owner you must be at the forefront of these trends to ensure your brand remains relevant to the UK market otherwise you're dead in the water.

Paul Schaafsma is European sales and marketing director of Australian Vintage

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Sterling makes gains against Australian dollar

Published:  05 July, 2011

Yesterday's currency markets shows sterling strengthened slightly against the euro and US dollar, with its biggest move against the Australian dollar which slipped following poor figures.

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Bumper harvest for Australia

Published:  15 June, 2011

The Australian harvest is estimated to be up 1% on last year, reducing hopes that the country can overcome its major oversupply problems.

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ETM Group opens Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

Published:  10 June, 2011

London gastropub operators Tom and Ed Martin have opened their latest venue in the city, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.

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UK first for Penfolds fortified wine

Published:  26 May, 2011

Penfolds is bringing its collection of fortified wines to the UK for the first time.

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Video: Australia needs to make its wines more fun

Published:  23 May, 2011

Buyers, winemakers, marketers and generic bodies are in agreement that Australian wines need to bring the fun back to the category, as well as making it easier for customers to make choices.

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Fine Aussie wines applauded in 100 Best list

Published:  19 May, 2011

This year's 100 Best Australian Wines includes 12 producers who have been included in every single list since its inception in 2004.

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Online wine firms encouraged to flout rules

Published:  16 May, 2011

'There are no rules online - that's the beauty of it,' say wine business owners who are finding new ways of working the digital marketplace.

 

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Foster's splits beer and wine operations

Published:  29 April, 2011

Foster's shareholders have approved the demerger of the Australian company's wine and beer businesses.

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De Bortoli Wines moves to new UK offices

Published:  08 March, 2011

De Bortoli Wines is relocating its UK sales office from Blandford Forum in Dorset to Semley in Wiltshire.

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'UK still challenging' - Australian Vintage

Published:  07 February, 2011

McGuigan wine firm Australian Vintage has warned that it still faces challenging times ahead in the UK market despite a surge in volumes and profits for the business as a whole.

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Treasury pulls support from Wine Australia

Published:  31 January, 2011

Treasury Wine Estates has withdrawn its support from Wine Australia in the UK ? saying the body does not do enough to "promote and represent our total portfolio of brands".

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Geoffrey Dean Ashes and wine blog: soaring temperatures add to Victorian winemakers' troubles

Published:  31 December, 2010

Despite the wettest December in Victoria since records began - and that after a similarly damp November - there were widespread fire bans across the state on a roasting New Year's Eve when temperatures hit 42C in Melbourne.

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Geoffrey Dean: Ashes and wine blog reports on impact of rain to 2011 vintage

Published:  10 December, 2010


This has been a good week to be an Englishman in Australia following England's crushing victory in the second Test.

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Geoffrey Dean: our man Down Under's Ashes and wine blog, Adelaide

Published:  06 December, 2010

The Adelaide Test has always been my favourite in an Ashes series Down Under. It's not just because the Oval is the most attractive in the country - with its cathedral, scores of trees and stylish stands including a brand new Western Grandstand that cost £50m - but because the whole occasion is the most social of the Australian cricketing calendar.

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Geoffrey Dean: our man Down Under's Ashes and wine blog, Adelaide

Published:  06 December, 2010

The Adelaide Test has always been my favourite in an Ashes series Down Under. It's not just because the Oval is the most attractive in the country - with its cathedral, scores of trees and stylish stands including a brand new Western Grandstand that cost £50m - but because the whole occasion is the most social of the Australian cricketing calendar.

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#winedealfriday gathers momentum

Published:  26 November, 2010
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More bid speculation for Foster's wine interests

Published:  21 September, 2010

Rumours are circulating about another bid for Treasury Wine Estates, the wine division of Foster's.

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Andrew Catchpole's final Regional Heroes blog from Australia

Published:  23 August, 2010

From the Hills to Clare Valley, where a cracking turn out of winemakers reinforces one of the best masterclass tastings of the trip, fronted by the region's lime-slaked, bone dry signature style of Riesling.

 

Dave and Diane Palmer of Skillogallee, Jeffrey Grosset of Grosset and Stephanie Toole of Mount Horrocks were just a few of the dozen leading Clare winemakers who joined us for a tasting lunch following a serious crack at Clare sub-regionality under the guidance of Kilikanoon's Kevin Mitchell.

 

Flights of the superb 02 and '09 Riesling were shown blind, followed by a bracket of iconic Clare Shiraz (think Jim Barry's 'The Armagh' and Tim Adams 'Aberfeldy'), before launching into a lunch which then opened the field on Clare's myriad styles, including plush Cabernet-driven wines epitomised by Grosset's seamless Gaia and Mount Horrrock's seductive Semillon.

 

It was the Rieslings, though, that really pinpointed the character of Clare, as we traced a progression from warmer, fleshier Auburn in the lower Valley via the well-structured complexities of Watervale and Sevenhill to the tightly knit, mineral charged wines of Polish Hill. '02's, especially from sub-regions showing more minerally, tighter character in youth, also impressed upon our group how well Clare Riesling can age.

 

After such a whirlwind tour of cool and cooler climate regions it was intriguing to contemplate how Barossa, king of the blockbuster Shiraz, would show after such a run of aromatic Rieslings, fresh and restrained Chardonnays, vibrant Pinot Noirs, cooler region savoury Shiraz/Syrahs a host of other up-and-coming varieties including Rhone whites, Italians (Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Nero d'Avola, Fiano and Arneis, among others), plus the odd dollop of good-looking Tempranillo.

 

It was pretty simple and quite a coup. The Barossa boys and girls pulled out their Old Vine Charter and soaked our palates with flights of Old Vine (35+ years of age), Barossa Survivor Vine (70+), Barossa Centenarian Vine (100+) and Barossa Ancester Vine (125+). These old vines are - no cliché here - a national treasure and given the extraordinary combination of balance, harmony and concentration that overwhelmingly informed this superb flight of 12 Barossa classics, it seems churlish to single out any single wines. However, an '07 Cirillo Estate Vineyard Grenache, from 1850 plantings, and a 164 year old '05 Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz deserve special mention.

 

The final stages of this Regional Heroes trip played out in the Barossa and its more elevated sister region Eden with visits to a trio of wineries, all very different and all thoroughly enjoyable, not least for their more intimate tours and tastings after so many masterclasses in so many and such contrasting regions. It was a good reminder of something that Australia does well - namely approachable and down to earth winemakers. Stephen Henschke of Henschke, Louisa Rose at Yalumba and Christie Schulz at Turkey Flat all proved generous with both their time and their wines, including some exciting barrel and tank work where we again looked at some very promising 2010 wines in the making.

 

After 300+ wines, nine regions, a wealth of masterclasses, innumerable visits, the chance to look at a wealth of 'new wave' varieties and style coming on line, along with the emerging and established classic Australian styles, and what could generally be described as a pretty full-on immersion in the current wine scene Down Under, the Regional Heroes delegates - Rachael, Robert and Matt - agreed that they had only scratched the surface in terms what Australia offers. But the depth and diversity of that offer was clearly apparent. All in all a great trip and some superb wines.

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Connoisseur Estates takes on Adelaide Hills producer

Published:  22 July, 2010

Connoisseur Estates has been appointed as the UK agent for Sidewood Estate from the cool climate Adelaide Hills region of South Australia.

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Gallo 'the most powerful wine brand in the world'

Published:  21 May, 2010

Gallo Family Vineyards, the American winemaker, has been awarded the title of the most powerful wine brand in the world - for a fifth consecutive year.

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New Taste

Published:  10 February, 2010

The first commercially available blend of Malbec and Torrontés and a sweet Kiwi Riesling are among the new releases reviewed by Claire Hu.

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Mumbai wine conference plagued by Indian customs issues

Published:  29 January, 2010


Up to 90 Spanish wines were removed by Indian customs on the second day of the three-day Taste food and wine conference held in Mumbai.

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Dragons Den star launches online wine retail site

Published:  20 November, 2009


Dragons Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, is looking to attract one million people to his new online wine club and retail site, www.gondola.co.uk in its first year.

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Oddbins Winter Tasting

Published:  18 November, 2009

Carol Emmas gives her verdict on the Oddbins winter tasting.

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

 

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

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IWC winners announced

Published:  03 September, 2009

Marks & Spencer, Majestic Wine, Berry Bros & Rudd and Seckford Agenices were among some of the big winners at the International Wine Challenge awards held at London's Grosvenor House on Wednesday, September 2.

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Innovation in wine closures

Published:  11 August, 2009

A flurry of activity, mostly generated by customer demand for innovation, has seen several new closures on the market, both for premium and high volume wines. TCA has given way to OTR, new stoppers have been brought out for sparking wines, and marketeers are getting back on the act as closure choice becomes a way to differentiate brands.

 

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Wines in the Press, July 11-12

Published:  14 July, 2009

With everyone gearing up for their summer holidays the national critics this week turn their attention to what to drink over the hopefully hot summer months, plus tips on laying wine down for ageing, the merits of Australian wine and the peculiarities of vodka 


The Guardian
A lover of cava Victoria Moore is not. And, having read a Tom Stevenson
article, she thinks she understands why: "It seems blindingly obvious now.
The richness produced by autolysis makes those cava grapes look vacuous and
flat." On the other hand, the prosecco enthusiast says the bubbles produced
by the tank method "lets the fresh, lightness of the grape shine through",
as with various other cheap fizzy wines.

 

"Take, for example, the insanely cheap, pink, sparkling low-alcohol wine
Lambrusco Rosato NV (£1.92, Asda; 4% abv)," says Moore, which she describes
as the definition of low-brow, "but at that price I could make myself quite
happy on it."

 

At the other end of the spectrum is Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
Champagne 2002 (£29.99 from Waitrose: 12% abv), with a creamy mouthfeel
Moores loves. "From a wonderful vintage, it's complicated and collected, and
just right," she says.

The Observer
"Keeping a wine is always a risk - leave it too long and it'll turn into a
shagged-out disappointment - but when you drink something with the right
amount of bottle age, it can be truly delicious," declares Tim Atkin, who
marvels at the statistic that nine out of 10 wines are drunk within 48 hours
of purchase - or rather at how the statistics are produced. No doubt by
people in white coats primed with clipboards at bottle banks, he thinks.

 

Since owning his own cellar, Atkin has become a man converted from his days
as a member of the DIY (Drink it Young) club. He recommends avoiding whites
(fizz, Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay excepted) and lighter reds for
ageing in favour of wines with flavour and depth of character.

 

He suggests putting three bottles of "the dense, chocolatey" 2007 De Martino
347 Vineyards Carmenère Reserva (£7.49, or £5.99 each for two at Majestic)
in your cellar, or cupboard, and trying one within 48 hours, one in two
year's time and one in five for comparison.

The Sunday Times
Arriving home from a holiday a couple of years ago, Bob Tyrer smelt what
seemed like the back end of a party. Closer inspection revealed broken
bottles in his cellar. Stricken, Tyrer salvaged what he could by soaking up
the liquid, straining it into a glass and drinking it.

 

It was a Pavlovian response, he explains - a response derived from his days
as a Ten Quid Pom in 1960s Australia. A time before Australia had discovered
Chardonnay, Tyrer recalls halcyon days when the country's exports consisted
largely of fortified wine and sultanas and they kept still wine from pioneer
vineyards for themselves.

 

On one particularly flush day, the young reporter ordered the most expensive
wine on a restaurant list to be amazed. "Blackberries, blackcurrants, mint -
they're almost commonplace in decent wine now," he says, "but I'd never
tasted anything like it. So my reaction when the same fragrance and fruit
wafted from my cellar floor decades later was Pavlovian."

 

Not necessarily enamoured by supermarket offerings from Australia these
days, Tryer says there are still bargains that show Australia at its best -
even if drunk off the floor. He recommends trying Penfolds' Koonunga Hill
Shiraz Cabernet 2007 (£7.99) and Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Barossa
Shiraz 2006 (£7.99).

The Times
Jane MacQuitty presents the first instalment of her Top 100 Summer Wines,
with the best buys on the high street for under £8. A slave to the Great
British public's palate, she reveals the perfect wines for all occasions.

 

She tackles difficult issues like when to drink good wine as opposed to
great wine, the best wine for drinking in "the great blustery outdoors,
which dilutes bouquet and removes flavour", as well as the "knotty business
of matching the right wine to the right palate."

 

Job done, first on her list of saviours is Majestic's 2008 Domaine de la
Tourmaline, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Gadais Père et Fils (£6.49 or
buy two for £5.99 each). "Summer white to enjoy with rich seafood and oily
fish," she says.

The Financial Times
Jancis Robinson MW spends time with Swiss entrepreneur Faure Beaulieu who has
tempted a handful of prized sommeliers to join his new company Sarment.

 

Members pay a heady £50,000 to join plus an annual fee of £12,000 "to have
their every vinous wish satisfied", says Robinson. Their personal sommelier
tends to their wine collection, takes care of the nuts and bolts of delivery
and storage, becomes a constant, trusted wine companion who provide stories
and information, reports Robinson.

 

"Selfishly," confesses Robinson, she would prefer Beaulieu's
"entrepreneurial skills harnessed to come up with ways to improve standards
in the wine business as a whole, rather than frittered away on 75
particularly well-heeled wine neophytes in emerging markets."

 

There may be no need to fret - membership might be limited to 75 clients,
with a maximum of 15 per sommelier, but the new business has yet to sign a
client.

 

The Telegraph

Jonathan Ray continues to be baffled by vodka, despite a day tasting with

experts Ian Wisniewski and Tom Innes. But it seems they're all perplexed in
the end, with Glen's winning their blind tasting test. "A supermarket
cheapy, distilled in Scotland from sugar beet," says Ray.

 

"I don't believe it!" exclaims Wisniewski. "Nor me," says Innes. "I've
always struggled to see value at the top end of the vodka range, which this
result vindicates. But I'm astonished."

 

So, Ray is left unconvinced, seeing vodka as "an efficient alcohol delivery
system, sold on the back of crafty marketing". Wisniewski, of course,
disagrees: "You can certainly get pleasure from neat vodka, but you have to
adjust your expectations. Compared to aged spirits such as cognacs or malts,
the details are much smaller."

 

The top three vodkas in their tasting are Glen's (£8.69), Russian Standard
(£13.29) and Absolut (£14.99). Bottom of the pile in ninth and tenth places
are Grey Goose (£30.79) and Smirnoff Black (£15.99).

 

 

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Anne Krebiehl: Final blog from New Zealand harvest

Published:  10 June, 2009

So very few days are left in the gorgeous Central Otago autumn sunshine and still a little hung over after the harvest celebrations, my picking mates James and Martin and I have a tour of the Felton Road Winery:  spotlessly clean and pervaded by the smell of the fermenting fruit.

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Ara appoints UK BDM

Published:  05 May, 2009

Winegrowers of Ara, the premium Marlborough producer, has appointed Julie Williams to the newly created position of business development manager for the UK and mainland Europe.

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Penfolds releases 2004 Grange

Published:  01 May, 2009

Penfolds has released the 2009 instalment in its ongoing Luxury & Icon Australian fine wine range.

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Tastings

Published:  20 February, 2009

Winetraders Portfolio Tasting, Hallgarten Druitt Annual Tasting, Maisons, Marques et Domaines Portfolio Tasting, Mentzendorff Portfolio Tasting, Australia Day Tastings and Pol Roger Portfolio Tasting.

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Smoke casts doubt over Yarra vintage

Published:  19 February, 2009

The entire 2009 vintage in Australia's Yarra Valley could be contaminated by smoke from the bushfires, a grower in the region has warned.

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Foster's to keep wine business

Published:  17 February, 2009

Foster's has decided to hang on to its wine businesses after a review of its operations.

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Bushfires show no mercy

Published:  10 February, 2009

Yarra valley winemakers are feeling the heat as bushfires rip through Victoria's vineyards.

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Rare Grange at Barossa auction

Published:  16 January, 2009

A collection of limited-release and rare Penfolds wines will be sold at the biennial Barossa Vintage Festival Rare Wine Auction in Australia.

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Foster's may have to stick with wine

Published:  19 December, 2008

The global credit crunch may force Foster's to abandon any hopes to offload its wine division in 2009, analysts say.

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Foster's delays decision on wine division

Published:  29 October, 2008

Foster's Group has delayed until next year a decision on what to do with its ailing wine business.

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Wines in the Press: From old wines to sweet wines

Published:  21 October, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW gets stuck into some circa 1955 vintage Penfolds, Jonathan Ray cosies up to some big, beefy reds and Jane MacQuitty makes a bid to get dessert wines back onto British tables. Meanwhile, it's the turn of Tim Atkin MW to cast his eye over the new look Oddbins range.

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Australia storms to victory in IWSC competition

Published:  30 September, 2008

Australia took pole position at today's annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), scooping a total of 34 awards.

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Welcome to the future

Published:  11 September, 2008

The July 11 issue of this magazine contained two disassociated snippets of information regarding Australian wine, which have long occupied my own thoughts (in my soon-to-be-published book, The Great Wine Swindle, I speculate on the implications in greater depth).

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Wines in the Press: From top wine schools to Tesco

Published:  02 September, 2008

With the summer behind us, so too this week is talk of suitable wines for the warm weather. Jancis Robinson, back from her summer holiday, has a last word of advice on seasonal tipples, but for the most part the wine writers are turning their attentions to other matters. Jonathan Ray gives us his run down of the UK's top wine schools, Victoria Moore has her patience tried out by a good Bordeaux and Anthony Rose indulges in a spot of Tesco's finest.

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Foster's reports 88% profit slump

Published:  26 August, 2008

Australian wine giant Foster's Group has reported an 88% slump in profits as sales of its wines continue to fall.

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW has a 10ft hole in the middle of his dining room: he is having a wine cellar built.
You don't have to spend a fortune to start a modest wine collection,' he says, and recommends four reds at under 10, including: 2004 Marques de Casa Concha Merlot (7.99; Sainsbury's); 2004 Domaine de Fontsque, Corbires (8.99; Marks & Spencer); and 2005 Peter Lehmann Tempranillo, Barossa Valley (7.99; Waitrose).

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ignore 2006 Burgundy and lavish all your attention on Australian Pinot Noir, says Jane Macquitty. However this was not always her view, as she admitted "how typically presumptuous of the Aussies, I thought, to pick Pinot Noir as one of their six regional heroes". But on tasting 20 of the featured wines in this category at the Australia Day tasting, MacQuitty begrudgingly says she was "wrong, wrong, wrong". Her recommendations include the "classic" 2006 Ninth Island Pinot Noir (,9.99, Waitrose) and the 2006 Pirie South Pinot Noir (9.99, Majestic) for its spice. Jeffrey Grosset's 2006 Adelaide Hills (26.95, Liberty) is also "deliciously smoky".

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW, in giving his pick of 2006, detects a number of trends. He feels that alcohol levels may be falling in response to consumer demand and that oak levels are reducing. His wine country of the year is Spain, most improved is Chile and country to watch is Argentina. His grape variety of the year is Garnacha/Grenache; top winery, Peter Lehmann; winemaker, Aurelio Montes; wine region, Loire; supermarket, Waitrose; off-licence chain, Threshers/Wine Rack; by-the-case merchant, Majestic; mail order, The Wine Society; and independent merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd.

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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Who is the best wine producer in the world?' TIM ATKIN MW has his work cut out for him after this opening line, but he manages to whittle the possibilities down to six: Chteau Margaux in Bordeaux, Leroy in Burgundy, Chave in the Rhne, Gaja in Piedmont, JJ Prm in Germany and Kracher in Austria. No one from the New World gets a look in with this first line-up, but the tables are turned when the subject switches to dependable brands. Atkin's favourites for quantity, quality and consistency are: Jacob's Creek (Australia), Concha y Toro (Chile), Peter Lehmann (Australia), Montana (New Zealand), Torres (Spain) and Dourthe (France). Readers are urged to put this theory to the test and try a bottle of Peter Lehmann Shiraz, Barossa (7.99; Waitrose).

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE sweet talks his readers this week, saying forget Liebfraumilch and Lambrusco, 'the fine sweet wines that end a meal beautifully are among the great wonders of the wine world'. If price is a problem, Rose lets slip that 'Australia cunningly replicates the Sauternes experience at a fraction of the price in wines such as the 2002 Peter Lehmann Barossa Valley Botrytis Semillon (5.99-6.99, half-bottle; Booths, Oddbins and Jeroboams). Sweet Riesling from Germany is a classic style, Rose continues, but 'no pantheon of sweet wines would be complete without Tokaji', and one of the best of the best is 1999 Royal Tokaji Tokaji Asz 5 Puttonyos (8.99; Waitrose).

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JOANNA SIMON compiles a three-page guide to 'a stellar cellar'. Among her listings, there is a panel of 'names you can trust' among the brig brands. Her list includes Torres, Concha y Toro, Cono Sur, Peter Lehmann, Yalumba, De Bortoli, Villa Maria, Montana, Robert Mondavi, Santa Julia, Calvet and Douthe.

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANTHONY ROSE is happy to dispel the old line about Australian wines 'all tasting the same'. At an Australian Wine Club tasting, he was hugely impressed with the line-up. Highlights included 2002 Basket Press Shiraz (23.99), which ages 'into a majestic Hermitage-like red'; 2004 Poverty Hill Riesling (9.99), which is 'in the keroseney mould'; and Peter Lehmann's 1998 Stonewell Shiraz (30), which displays 'immensely rich liquorice spice and bittersweet chocolate characters'.

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Lehmann predicts a good year

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian wine is set to get back on track with its 2008 vintage, according to Adelaide-based producer Doug Lehmann, managing director of Peter Lehmann Wines.

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Enotria takes on Marques de Riscal

Published:  23 July, 2008

London-based Enotria has been appointed the UK agent for major Rioja brand Marques de Riscal.

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Leading brands scoop Australian wine awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Peter Lehmann Wines from the Barossa Valley took home four trophies and 37 medals at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

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Split decision

Published:  23 July, 2008

It is inconceivable that the Cte d'Or would ever be regarded as a single entity, with no recognition of the differences between a Puligny-Montrachet and a Meursault. Yet, for the Clare Valley in South Australia, this is how it is. Though similar in length to the Cte d'Or, the Clare Valley is lumped into one catch-all appellation. But if you have ever tasted a selection of Rieslings from Polish Hill River, Watervale and Sevenhill this is clearly not one homogeneous zone.

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Kiwi wines bask in critical approval

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand's wines are now up there with the best, according to influential international wine commentators attending a recent run of wine conferences in New Zealand. And there wasn't a Sauvignon Blanc in sight. This wave of what is some of the greatest praise received by the industry was prompted by the Pinot Noir 2007 conference held in Wellington, and the associated symposia on Aromatics in Nelson and Syrah in Hawkes Bay.

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Innovative Oz

Published:  23 July, 2008

WHERE: Lawrence Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls, London SW1
WHEN: Wednesday, 31 January 2007 from 10am-4.30pm and Thursday, 1 February 2007 from 9.30am-5pm
CONTACT: Melissa Worthington at Wine Australia on 020 7887 5259

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Renewed zeal

Published:  23 July, 2008

WHERE: Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW1
WHEN: Monday, 15 January 2007 from 11am-5pm and Tuesday, 16 January 2007 from 10am-5pm
CONTACT: Alison Power at New Zealand Winegrowers on 020 7973 8079

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New year, new show

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Clare Valley climate uncovered

Published:  23 July, 2008

A number of Clare Valley producers have explained how their region's climate is varied enough to grow both Riesling and Shiraz.
At a tutored tasting held at London's Australia House last week, Jeffrey Grosset of Grosset Wines explained that decades of weather data on the region were next to useless and claimed that ex-Petaluma boss Brian Croser once said that this was because the weather station in Clare was on a concrete slab behind the post office'. More recent data, Grosset added, showed the weather to be cooler than previously recorded, but the new weather data say that it's not hot enough to ripen Cabernet, but it's too hot for Riesling, so both reports are flawed'.

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Australians get a taste of The Oval

Published:  23 July, 2008

Liberty Wines used its latest portfolio tasting at The Brit Oval - the first wine company to use Surrey County Cricket Club's facilities - to launch a number of new projects and agencies from Australia (despite the Oval being the venue for England's dramatic Ashes victory).

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The Aus-thentic experience

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Henry, general manager of Wine Australia, introduces the 2006 Australia Day Tastings, Authentic Australia': It is every country's desire to populate the wine market with democratising brands, as well as compelling reasons to trial and trade up. The search for a profitable mix that uniquely balances accessibility with interest is a challenge, and one that Australia seeks to deliver above all other categories. It
can do so by representing itself as a broad and inclusive producer that seeks to champion quality and excitement, whatever the price point. That is what is meant by Authentic Australia.

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Happy anniversary

Published:  23 July, 2008

Time and place
New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting 2006
Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW1
Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January
10am-5pm
Contact Alison Power at New Zealand Winegrowers
020 7973 8079

Event info
This year's tasting will feature a selection of gold medal-winning wines from the Air New Zealand Wine awards, while central varietal tables will focus on aromatics, red blends and Syrahs. On Tuesday 17 at 3.30pm, a seminar titled New Zealand Syrah - New World Fruit and Old World Structure', looking at viticultural and vinicultural influences and Hawkes Bay's dominance with Syrah, will be held in the Lord's Media Centre. Speakers include Steve Smith of Craggy Range, Kate Ormond of Te Mata, Anna-Barbara Helliwell of Unison, and Ronan Sayburn, executive head sommelier at Gordon Ramsay restaurants in London. Call Alison Power on the above number to reserve your seat.

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Liberty Wines takes Grosset

Published:  23 July, 2008

Liberty Wines has taken over the distribution of famed Clare Valley producer Jeffrey Grosset.

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Showcase Showdown

Published:  23 July, 2008

2005 is already a landmark year for the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). In March, the company opened its new, customised premises in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, with a 25,000-bottle capacity and room for expansion.

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IWSC trophy winners announced at Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine and Spirit Competition used the opening day of Vinexpo earlier this week to announce the first round of Trophy Winners in this year's competition.

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Taming the screw

Published:  23 July, 2008

Taming the screw: A manual for winemaking with screw caps, by Australian wine writer Tyson Stelzer, was due to be launched at the LIWSF this week.

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Close combat

Published:  23 July, 2008

Let's begin with a rather stretched analogy. World War I was a terrible conflict that exacted a terrible human toll. Yet this otherwise disastrous war yielded a significant positive benefit for the aviation industry as both sides sought more effective warplanes to master the new arena of aerial combat.

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SOUTHCORP REJECTS A$3bn FOSTER'S BID AS 'OPPORTUNISTIC'

Published:  23 July, 2008
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ODDBINS WARMS TO COOL-CLIMATE OZ

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Josie Butchart

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HESS: LEHMANN WAS WORTH OVERPAYING FOR

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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'INCREASE PLANTING', AUSTRALIAN PRODUCERS TOLD

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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NEW BAROSSA BARON

Published:  23 July, 2008
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TROUBLE DOWN UNDER

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd in London & Christian Davis in Australia

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GROSSET RED UNDER STELVIN

Published:  23 July, 2008
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ALLIED BUYS INTO PETER LEHMANN

Published:  23 July, 2008
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LEHMANN WEIGHS IN WITH NEW RANGE

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Bibendum's brave New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Even more eclectic range with a tasting to match

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Grenache ros from PLW

Published:  18 January, 2007

Peter Lehmann Wines is launching its Grenache ros into the UK for the first time.

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Paul White replys to the AWRI

Published:  18 January, 2007

Before getting into a detailed discussion of the issues at hand, I'd like to address AWRI's complaint that Harper's and Scientifically Speaking have not rigidly followed academic scientific standards. Harper's is obviously not a peer reviewed scientific journal. It's a magazine focused on the wine trade and interested consumers. Given that audience, its primary task is to translate complex issues in a way that makes sense to its readers so they can make informed, rational decisions about wine related issues. Dressing Scientifically Speaking with snappy titles and headings goes a long way towards engaging readers' attention, not to mention keeping them from dozing off mid-paragraph. AWRI appear to have misunderstood the point of this and seem to have been a touch overly sensitive concerning choice of titles and section headings.

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Wines in the Weekly Press

Published:  18 January, 2007

Financial Times
Riesling remains a favoured topic of JANCIS ROBINSON MW, but this time it's the turn of Australia, rather than Germany.

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'Piety versus terroir' - by Max Allen

Published:  18 January, 2007

Terroir, according to Malcolm Gluck in his new book Brave New World, is twaddle. Well, I'm sorry, Malcolm, I just don't agree.

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New World good...

Published:  18 January, 2007

You will recall what happened, that final twist in the porcine tail, in Orwell's Animal Farm? The pigs ended up becoming the spitting image of the oppressive humans the rest of the animals sacrificed everything to resist. A similar irony is at work in the New World of wine.

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101 classifications

Published:  18 January, 2007

Just when you thought it was safe to open a magazine without coming across yet another bloody list of the greatest whatevers of all-time, ever, I'd like to introduce you to the fourth Langton's Classification of Australian Wine.

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