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Bugged by pinot noir

RICK Burge has caught the pinot noir bug.

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Cuthbert calls it a day

AFTER 25 years in the Tasmanian wine industry, Roderick Cuthbert has sold his Tamar Valley vineyard business...

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Pirie reaps his reward

AFTER four decades as an innovator and leader, Tasmanian wine industry pioneer Andrew Pirie is still crafting fine wines...

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Family affair

THE Scarborough family swept the awards at the Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards.

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Unexpected honour

BILL Calabria from Westend Estate in the Riverina was awarded an Order of Australia...

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Chatto assumes control

JIM Chatto has been appointed to one of the most prestigious winemaking roles in the country...

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New cellar door

BOUTIQUE wine producer Bantry Grove has just opened a new cellar door...

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Hunter on song

The longest-running annual music festival in the Hunter Valley - Jazz in the Vines...

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Calling for a cab

WYNNS Coonawarra Estate is on the hunt for bottles of its cabernet sauvignon from the 1960s - any bottles.

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A new hero

THE Western Victorian wine industry has a new hero, a wine bar dedicated to all things Western Victorian in wine.

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Back to its roots

SEPPELT Great Western is returning to its roots and once again sourcing riesling from Great Western.

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Keeping track

IN a world first, Jacob?s Creek has launched a phone app...

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Winter sparkler

GETTING people excited about sparkling wine in the winter months is a tricky proposition...

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Push for standard glasses

THE modern wine glass comes in many shapes, sizes and these days, purposes.

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Pioneering celebration

CELEBRATING 150 years this year, the Grampians wine region can reflect back on some major achievements...

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Financial support Save this weekend

MARK down the weekend of November 22?24 as the date for the second Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

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Proudest moment

FOR Jansz Tasmania winemaker Natalie Fryar, the release of the long-awaited Jansz 2007 Single Vineyard Vintage Chardonnay...

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Time marches on

IT seems quite remarkable that what we think of as alternative grape varieties have actually now been in Australia for quite some time.

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Caught in the act

BAY of Fires? award-winning winemaker Peter Dredge recently found himself involved in a controversy...

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Champagne all the rage

AUSTRALIANS just can?t get enough of champagne.

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Faith in the future

DERWENT Estate, one of the leading producers in Tasmania...

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First wine region wine app

?Love My Community? is the first engaging mobile platform...

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Three new Barons

THE Barossa Valley has inducted three new members into its fraternity of the vine: the Barons of the Barossa.

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Vintage brings a smile

A FAST and mostly pain free 2013 vintage was enjoyed by Victorian winemakers...

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Future fears

THE first world-wide analysis of climate change?s impact on wine production suggests...

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Brown Brothers to shed wineries

WHITLANDS, the 800m-high King Valley vineyard that helped pioneer cool-climate viticulture in this country...

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Savour the best of tassie

THE Huon Valley and Channel regions are home to the southernmost vineyards in Tasmania.

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Name change

ONE of Victoria?s most popular wine and food destinations has a new name...

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Family drives expansion

DERWENT Estate, one of the best small independent producers in Tasmania...

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Giesen expansion

AUSTRALIAN wine drinkers can expect to see a lot more wines from New Zealand family-owned winery Giesen...

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Suckfizzle lands large order from emirates

Aussie wine brand, Suckfizzle, produced by Stella Bella Wines of Margaret River...

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Spanish ideas

WORKING in Spain for many years has given Crawford River winemaker Belinda Thomson big ideas.

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Maintaining the pressure

THE Hunter Valley wine industry has welcomed the O?Farrell Government?s promise to spare local vineyard areas...

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Out of his comfort zone

SIX months into his new winemaking gig at Del Rios winery in Geelong and former Cape Mentelle winemaker John Durham...

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Pedal exploration

WHAT?S a wine region these days without a bike trail?

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Regional push

THE Mornington Peninsula should not be investigating sub-regional differences just yet, according to international pinot noir expert Jasper Morris MW.

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Name games

PENFOLDS has some minor but nevertheless interesting changes to this year?s new release Bin Series wines.

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Tasting time

THE popular Tastes of Rutherglen festival is just around the corner...

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Growing future

THE Hill-Smith family, one of the most influential in the Australian wine business...

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Taste of Tassie

THE Savour Tasmania festival returns in 2013, with an array of events...

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Australian first

ELDRIDGE Estate on the Mornington Peninsula produces what is believed to be the only Australian interpretation of the Burgundy wine...

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Major milestone

ONE of the Barossa Valley?s oldest and most storied vineyards marked a major milestone late last year...

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Shock decision

KARINA Dambergs, one of Tasmania?s leading winemakers, has made a shock decision...

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Celebrating steingarten

THE new-release 2012 Jacob?s Creek Steingarten Riesling - named Riesling of the Year by Winestate...

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Tuck in

CAMPBELLS of Rutherglen, one of the most famous producers in north-east Victoria...

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On the move

PETALUMA is set to build a new $10 million winery at its Woodside farm purchased in 2007.

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Hard times

BAROSSA Valley Estate - one of the few surviving co-operatives in the Australian wine industry - was placed into receivership in January.

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Lack of interest

FIRST, Beechworth winemaker Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda controversially replanted a pinot noir vineyard...

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Global forum

THE Aussie wine industry has been taking a battering in recent years at home and in export markets...

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Buller in a bind

PIONEERING Rutherglen wine producer Buller Wines has been placed into voluntary administration.

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Still hot

CHINA is set to continue being a hot topic in wine and food circles in 2013...

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Work recognised

DR TONY Jordan, wine scientist, winemaker, educator and wine judge, was awarded an OAM...

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New push for low alcohol wines

NEIL McGUIGAN from Australian Vintage has flagged further growth for low-alcohol wine styles.

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Back in business

THE Browne family, owner?s of the Scotchmans Hill wine group in Victoria, has bought the Pettavel winery complex at Waurn Ponds.

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Optimism over 'green shoots'

CHINA is emerging as a key market for Australian wine with exports delivering double-digit growth in value and volume...

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Celebrating a 'face changer'

TIM KIRK is widely regarded as one of the nicest men in the wine industry - and also one of the most innovative.

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Edging ahead

McLAREN Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association CEO Peter Ali has hailed the region?s passion for gourmet goods...

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Classy cans

CONSUMERS used to enjoying Innocent Bystander?s popular moscato from either bottle or on tap at their local pub...

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Champagne celebration

DOMAINE Chandon?s new chief winemaker, Dan Buckle (left), has won the professional section at this year?s prestigious Vin de Champagne Award.

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Adding a sparkle

TASMANIAN winemaker Jeremy Dineen?s passion for riesling already sees him produce four styles...

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Riesling rivals

RIVALRY between Clare Valley and Eden Valley winemakers is hotting up...

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Label warning

WINE labels will soon contain messages warning consumers not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

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Submerged Shiraz

TRIALS being undertaken by Yarra Valley winemaker Ben Portet could put Australian producers at the forefront...

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Treat yourself

DOM PERIGNON, one of the great houses of Champagne, now has its own dedicated wining and dining room...

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Summit superseded

THE SUMMIT restaurant above Australia Square a Sydney dining icon for 44 years, has been replaced by O Bar and Dining...

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Change brewing at Casella

CASELLA, the family-owned winery that has gone from zero production to 12 million cases of Yellowtail wine annually in under a decade...

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A cut above

SYDNEY wine lovers and meat eaters have a new hangout - The Cut Bar & Grill.

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Promoting a blass blend

A COMBINATION of youth and experience in the Wolf Blass winemaking team...

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Charcoal on the menu

HOBART?S wining and dining scene has been elevated following the opening of a new concept restaurant...

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New region dares to dabble

AUSTRALIA?S newest wine region - New England in northern New South Wales - is home to producers who are prepared to experiment...

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Concern over lost identity

THE SOUTH Burnett Wine Industry Association is worried that the region may be overlooked in a new regional tourism body.

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Retreat to an island

RECENTLY relaunched Adventure Bay Retreat on Bruny Island, Tasmania, offers the perfect opportunity to combine fine Tasmanian wine and food...

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Pinot?s star attractions

MORNINGTON Peninsula's upcoming International Pinot Noir Celebration has attracted some of the biggest names...

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Mitchelton's big future

MITCHELTON Wines is now officially back in private hands following a 12-month settlement...

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Sisters united by adversity

ONE of Australia?s leading shiraz producers, Jasper Hill, has decided not to release two of its biggest red wine stars...

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China the wine movie

AN AUSTRALIAN documentary looking at the rise and rise of China as a powerhouse...

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Mclaren Vale region leaders rewarded

CORRINA Wright, Oliver?s Taranga and Marc Allgrove, Chapel Hill represented the McLaren Vale region...

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New bottle design

LOOK out for Eden Valley rieslings in a new proprietary bottle.

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Oates heads home First for Brown Brothers

WHEN Brown Brothers purchased vineyards in Tasmania two years ago it expected the fruit to go into the labels they also acquired...

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Amazing release

THERE is always something new and exciting happening at d?Arenberg in McLaren Vale...

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Pinot up to par

IN ITS 13th year, the tasting panel at the annual Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT)...

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Promotional bottle

BAROSSA Valley wine makers is the latest group to create a special proprietary wine bottle to promote its region.

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Ongoing plight

AN invitation to participate in an Australian wine regions survey has highlighted the ongoing plight of wineries...

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Industry salutes seville

SEVILLE Estate in the Yarra Valley celebrates 40 years in wine this year.

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Penfolds makes a statement

THE wine, of course, is excellent but for once the container outshines the contents with the release of a limited edition...

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Parting Company

Winemaker Nick Glaetzer, winner of last year?s Jimmy Watson trophy...

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Tour Time

Adelaide Sightseeing has announced a new full-day Barossa and Hahndorf Wine Experience tour...

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Pedestal Move

Larry Cherubino has taken over ownership of Margaret River?s Pedestal Wines.

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Melbourne makeovers

Two of Melbourne?s iconic hotel restaurants - both favourites with wine lovers - have been given complete makeovers.

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Italian Connections Pays Off

Goelet Wine Estates? recently appointed group sparkling winemaker, Karina Dambergs...

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Not for Sale

Voyager Estate?s new owners have emphatically denied the iconic Margaret River winery and restaurant/cellar door complex is for sale following the recent death of founder and owner, Michael Wright

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Amazing Grace

JUDY LEISSNER (pictured), CEO of China?s Grace Vineyard, has been named the 2012 Asian Wine Personality of the Year

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Answering the big questions

AWARD-WINNING British wine writer Andrew Jefford was the headline drawcard...

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Shaping a new look

THERE are changes afoot at the House of Krug, one of Champagne?s smaller and most prestigious houses.

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Pushing the 'Real Thing'

YOUNG Jorge Rosas (pictured) of the Oporto house of Ramos Pinto arrived in Australia recently...

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On the Road

SIX Hunter Valley winemakers have completed a marathon 2000km road trip...

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Brewing a new brew

AUSTRALIA?S third largest wine producer, Casella Wines, is going into the brewery business.

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Another Good Year

THE 2012 harvest is now in and many producers and winegrowers around Australia are breathing a sigh of relief.

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New Brewer

THE Clare Valley is about to get its third brewery ? and all three brewers have links with the wine industry.

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Sustainable Practice

McLAREN Vale has underlined its position as one of Australia?s most sustainable viticultural regions...

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De Bortoli screwing around with sparkling

It will probably be a number of years before the hallowed houses of Champagne decide to embrace a screw cap closure on their bottles...

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Exploration Call

MATT Burton, the talented young winemaker from Gundog Estate, has called on his regional colleagues to explore more contrasting styles of the region?s flagship grape...

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Donald Winemaker of the Year

SEPPELTSFIELD Estate senior winemaker Fiona Donald (pictured) was named 2012 Barossa Winemaker of the Year.

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Brewery Bid

HAVING taken the world of wine by storm with its (Yellow Tail) label, the Casella family is now planning to start its own brewery.

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Pointing to the Future

THE 100-point wine judging system championed by the world?s most influential wine writer, Robert Parker...

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Langton's Retirement Bid

STEWART Langton (pictured), the man who brought fine wine investment to Australia, has retired from the company he founded, Langton?s Wine Auctions.

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A Life Time of Stories

AFTER many approaches to him to write his life story, Barossa Valley legend Peter Lehmann appears to have finally relented.

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Name Games

ALMOST two years after agreeing to give up the use of the name 'sherry'...

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Hunter attraction

LINDEMAN?S HAS marked the 100th birthday of its iconic Hunter Valley Ben Ean cellar door...

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Talented couple

TWO OF Tasmania?s most talented winemakers are now jointly in charge of the Delamere Vineyards...

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Changing times

IT IS A sign of changing times in the wine industry when Jacob?s Creek chief winemaker Bernard Hickin...

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New Yarra attraction

THERE IS a new destination for wine lovers in the Yarra Valley with family-run winery Soumah...

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New wine campaign

NEW SOUTH Wales winemakers have launched a campaign urging NSW consumers to demand local wines.

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Family affair

THE OSBORN family is not inclined to do things by halves.

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Trio promote verdelho

THREE LEADING makers of verdelho have joined together to promote the grape variety...

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Top tastings

TASTINGS AT the Top at Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, is always one of the highlights of the food and wine year...

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French affair

?THIS is the style of wine I personally want to do, not high in alcohol, with freshness and fruit,? says Alain Graillot...

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Australian cellar door

YABBY Lake, one of the first Australian wineries to open a cellar door outlet in China in 2008...

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China story

A TOP selling Australian wine guide has gone Chinese.

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Holding court

THE Court of Master Sommeliers continues to gain ground in Australia...

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Personality shift

ST. LEONARDS, the quiet vinous one in the Brown family?s north-east Victorian wine portfolio is breaking out.

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Playing the scales

PEMBERTON winemaker Di Miller has introduced a riesling scale...

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Vintage test

THE 2012 vintage looks to be a big one for the Cooper family...

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Big break

COBAW RIDGE, a small, family-owned Macedon Ranges producer...

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Name Change

FOLLOWING last year?s departure of winemaker Sam Plunkett and the Plunkett family...

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A real sparkler

THE face of Australian sparkling wine changed forever when Moet & Chandon decided to invest in Australia...

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Hardy takes charge

ADELAIDE Hills winemaker Geoff Hardy recently completed the acquisition...

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Luxury launch

CRAIGIE Knowe, one of Tasmania?s most historic vineyard properties, has been relaunched as a luxury boutique lodge.

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Trescowthick in command

NEW Nepenthe winemaker Alex Trescowthick has winemaking in his blood...

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AStay near the action

THERE will probably never be a better time for Australians to visit Europe...

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Plunkett on the move

WELL known Strathbogie Ranges winemaker Sam Plunkett has left Plunkett Fowles...

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Old becomes new

ANGOVE Family Winemakers, a 125-year-old wine company based in Renmark in the Riverland...

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Rewarding young talent

A FRESH, young group of Australian wine industry professionals has been inducted into the 2012 Future Leaders Program.

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On the road again

SIX Hunter Valley winemakers - New Generation Hunter Valley...

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On Tenterhooks

WINEMAKER Gilles Lapalus at Sutton Grange in Central Victoria has been on tenterhooks for months...

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d'Arenberg set to celebrate

THIS year McLaren Vale?s d?Arenberg turns 100.

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Back to the beginning

IT?S A MAJOR change of scenery for Victorian winemaker Dan Buckle with his move from Mount Langi Ghiran,

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Fare to Remember

MELBOURNE'S Food and Wine Festival - March 2-21 - turns 20 this year.

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ONE OF the most isolated wine regions in Australia, the Great Southern...

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THE INAUGURAL $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award has been won...

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A NEW book on the people and the wines of the Heathcote wine region started as a series of wine stories ...

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?I CAME from the school of hard knocks in Margaret River until the day I was adopted by Vasse Felix.

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THE BIGGEST challenge to the future of Australian wine sales in China remains the French.

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?I HAVE always questioned how Australia would reinvent itself,? says Yarra Valley winemaker Mac Forbes.

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SHARPER FOCUS ON MARKETING

AARON Brasher, formerly with Petaluma and Fine Wine Partners...

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INDUSTRY RECOGNISES QUICK'S CONTRIBUTION

WA?s Great Southern pioneer, Betty Quick, is the 2011 winner of the prestigious WA Wine Press Club?s Jack Mann Memorial Medal...

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STEPPING OUT IN TASSIE

FORMER pastry chef Mary McNeil has launched Gourmania, a tour company aimed at introducing Hobart?s food and wine secrets to a wider audience.

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YOUNG GUN TAKES AIM

MIKE Aylward, of Ocean Eight winery on Victoria?s Mornington Peninsula...

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SMITH'S BACK

FANS OF talented chef Jason Smith, formerly of Strathlynn at the Ninth Island cellar door...

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TASTE TEAM CHANGE

RHONDA Sear is the new executive officer of Taste Orange...

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EUROPEAN STUDY TOUR

WINEMAKER Stefano Lubiana undertook a three-week study trip to Europe...

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EXCLUSIVE RELEASE

IT?S THE most exclusive wine to be made by a Mudgee producer ? and is in very short supply

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RIESLING RIDING HIGH

THE 2011 vintage looks like being one of the best in years for Australian riesling.

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WFA HITS BACK

THE WINEMAKERS? Federation of Australia has hit back at recent media reports suggesting red wine has no ?special, protective? health benefits.

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SAD PASSING

THE SOUTH Australian wine industry is mourning the loss of Dina Grilli of Primo Estate...

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BACK ON TRACK

THE REVIVAL of Seppeltsfield, the historic winery of the Barossa Valley dating back to 1851...

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ONE FOR THE FUTURE

AS CLIMATE change threatens to alter the winegrowing landscape for Australian wines...

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GROWING FAMILY

FOR 35 years St. Hugo has been just one wine, a cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra.

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Sexy new label

WOULD you buy a wine labelled The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana? ...

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Mitchelton sold

CENTRAL Victorian icon winery Mitchelton has been sold by Lion Nathan to the Nagambie Wine Corporation...

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Kilikanoon changes

CLARE Valley winery Kilikanoon has announced the appointment of Warrick Duthy...

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Louise beckons

VISITORS to the Barossa Valley are being offered a limited-time special package at the luxury The Louise resort...

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The Taltarni Show

TALTARNI winemaker Loic le Calvez has taken to the internet to promote his new-release 2005 Reserve Shiraz Cabernet 2005...

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Henschkes join the hall

STEPHEN and Prue Henschke from Henschke Wines have been inducted into the Family Business Australia Hall of Fame...

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EVOLUTIONARY SEMILLON

LONG-TIME Hunter winemaker Neil McGuigan reckons he has produced a totally new style of semillon...

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EARTH'S RARE VICTORY

THE LIST of savings to the environment was truly impressive when Temple Bruer recently announced that it was the first Australian wine company to be both carbon-neutral and 100 per cent organic...

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NEW OWNER, SAME VISION

THE NEW owner of Poole?s Rock, one of the Hunter Valley?s premium wine producers, has vowed to keep the same wine philosophy and ?vision?...

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AUSTRIA MOVES SOUTH

AUSTRIAN winemakers are making a serious marketing play for the hearts and tastebuds of Australian drinkers...

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OLD VINES, YOUNG LABEL

ELDERTON is one of those Barossa wineries you imagine has a long, long history. Its vineyards certainly do, being planted in 1894, but the connection to the Ashmead family, who resurrected the old vines and created Elderton Wines isn't...

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Yarra changeover Green champions Canberra?s big birthday Stuart joins Chateau Big names for Hobart More jazz in the vines Pokolbin?s big plans New foray into tassie The dip defeated Jimmy gets new rules Tit-for-tat spat Impatient patient Revival after fire Chardonnay surges Winemaker stellar double Winery's momentum builds

FROGMORE Creek has been one of the Tasmanian wine industry's major success stories over the past decade. Jointly owned by Tasmanian-based Tony Scherer and Californian Jack Kildwiler, Frogmore Creek has enjoyed rapid expansion and is prominent on top restaurant wine lists around the country...

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Early-bird white Advice from toby Farewell to a pioneer Sydney?s little Italy Triple challenge Tamar?s new tour guide Aussie?s quake scare Campbells? dual milestones Chinese wine mission Tweets? huge audience Schild shiraz furore Riesling festival?s big name Sirromet goes wild Coriole concert Tim goes solo Truffling matter Judging succession Austrian mission Savour temptations Artisans share a door Rising damp despair Artistic entries Annointed son Master of communication Dalwhinnie milestone Big man, big accolade Brown baton passed CANCER INITIATIVE CURRANT SHED CHANGEOVER AUCTION FOR A WORTHY CAUSE NEIGHBOURLY FEAST TIM ADAMS GOES ?HOME? VICTORIAN VICTORY DECLARED HEATHCOTE?S HUMMING BURING JOINS RIESLING TREND WINERY HEADS HIGHER Pinot tasting takes off

LEADING Mornington Peninsula winery Stonier is taking its hugely successful Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting overseas...

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Enthusiasm of youth

JACOB Stein is the youngest winemaker in the Mudgee region at 26...

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Melbourne?s big menu

THE MELBOURNE Food and Wines Festival celebrates its 18th year in 2011...

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Huon in the spotlight

THE TASTE of the Huon, an annual festival in southern Tasmania...

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Torbreck?s $700 red

BAROSSA Valley winery Torbreck has released what it claims is the most expensive current-release Australian table wine: its 2005 The Laird shiraz that sells for $700 a bottle and $1475 a magnum.

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Smart step backwards

STEVE Webber and his wife, Leanne de Bortoli, from De Bortoli Yarra Valley are constantly coming up with new ideas.

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High-calibre winner

ROLLO Crittenden, a second-generation winemaker from Mornington Peninsula winery Crittenden Estate, is the 2010 Young Gun Australian Winemaker of the Year.

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Mitchelton?s family links

NAGAMBIE winery Mitchelton has announced the appointment of Travis Clydesdale as its new winemaker...

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Wolf?s birthday bonus

WOLF Blass marked his 75th birthday with the 10th anniversary release of the award-winning Platinum Label Shiraz and the luxury range that still bear his name...

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Toast to three winners

WINNERS in this year?s Vin de Champagne Awards include a medical professor and a professional sommelier from Tetsuya?s restaurant, Sydney.

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Masters rank grow by two

AN EXPAT Aussie making his mark in Japan with one of Asia?s largest restaurant groups has become one of two Australians installed as masters of wine for 2010:

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Man challenges God with pinot

IT?S ONE of the great wine questions of our time. Is it a wine?s natural environment or the winemaker who most determines and shapes its quality?

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Valley?s costly deluge

WHILE Victorian winemakers were more than happy to see this year?s plentiful early-spring rains, for some the rains just kept on coming and coming, causing havoc.

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Fortifieds get a break

AUSTRALIAN fortifieds have received a much-needed shot in the arm with the creation of the Australian Fortified Wine Show.

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Savagnin?s cheer squad

DO THREE wines constitute a new wine movement?

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Cool-climate choice

SUE Bell has one of the most astute palates in the Australian wine industry.

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Steve goes solo

STEVE Wiblin spent 17 years as a wine marketer with major companies and 13 years as co-owner and winemaker at Neagles Rock in the Clare Valley.

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Veteran bows out

VETERAN Rutherglen winemaker George Sutherland Smith has retired after 55 years in the industry.

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Tassie winery goes Dutch

DUTCHMAN Frank Huisman has travelled halfway around the globe to chase his dream of making fine cool-climate wines in Tasmania.

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A capital idea

CAPITAL Wines, one of the huge success stories of the Canberra region, is getting a new cellar door...

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Winery expands to food

THE BAROSSA Valley has a new wine and food destination: the Sorby Adams Wine Room & Pantry at 51 Murray St, Angaston...

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Big plans for pinot party

THE MORNINGTON Peninsula Vignerons Association will host the peninsula?s International Pinot Noir Celebration from January 28-30, 2011...

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Scott?s learning curve

AFTER working for a Swedish wine importer, former Serafino chief winemaker Scott Rawlinson has returned from stints in Italy ...

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Defining a grey area

IN A world first, Australian makers of pinot gris and pinot grigio wines will be able to use ?fingerprinting? technology to objectively define and separate the two styles.

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McLaren Vale terroirs mapped

IF YOU accept that the wines we drink are largely the creation of the environment in which they are grown, then a new wine map...

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Pinot?s white blends

TASMANIA, poised to host the 2012 International Cool Climate Seminar, has some interesting winemaking techniques to show attendees...

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Great white hopes

THE AUSSIE fightback to reclaim the tastebuds of wine drinkers addicted to the smell of cut grass and the taste of passionfruit has stalled.

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Tamar Ridge takeover

BROWN Brothers has acquired Tasmania?s biggest wine producer, Tamar Ridge Estates.

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Rats foiled

COLLECTORS are used to mice nibbling on labels - but rats attacking screw caps?

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The tempranillo team

TEMPRANILLO, the classic Spanish red grape, is taking hold in Australian soil with 386 hectares planted.

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Wine of the Year Awards 2009

Summary of Winestate Wine of the Year Awards below. A full 56 page detailed feature on the award winning wines is available in our Special Edition Mid December 2009...

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TRADE ONLY TASTING OF 'VINS DE BOURGOGNE' 2009 EDITION

After last year's successful Trade Tasting Vins de Bourgogne, attended by a total of 300 wine industry professionals in Melbourne and Sydney, 20 wineries and negotiants from Burgundy will be back in Australia, from...

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Wolf Blass - behind the bow tie

Go in the draw for one of five books simply by becoming a online member. Its FREE

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Kiwis quaff more domestic wine

NEW ZEALAND winemakers are grabbing a rising share of their domestic market, the latest figures reveal.

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Pinot noir New Zealand 2010

A CELEBRATION to be held on Wellington's waterfront early next year, Pinot Noir New Zealand 2010 has attracted over 100 wineries.

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Wine's role in the nation's economy

THE GROWING importance of wine to the economy is traced in a new report, Economic impact of the New Zealand wine industry.

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More baton-passing at Cloudy Bay

APPROACHING his 25th vintage in Marlborough, Kevin Judd, Cloudy Bay's founding winemaker, announced last December he was passing the baton

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d'Arenberg's new ambassador

FAMILY-OWNED McLaren Vale winery d'Arenberg has appointed TV presenter and wine writer Nick James-Martin as a winemaker and brand ambassador.

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Middle Eastern mega-fest

LEEUWIN Estate owner Denis Horgan rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in international food and wine

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Top winemaker goes home

WINESTATE'S 2008 winemaker of the year, Mark Lane, has been lured from Western Australia

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Pierre's second home

BURGUNDIAN winemaker Pierre Naigeon, who has been making flying visits to Australia to make wines under the Clos Pierre label for Dan Murphy's, plans to spend up to six months of each year in Australia from 2010.

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Wine fair's big impact

LOOK for the International Wine Fair to become an annual event after big crowds flocked to the inaugural Vintage Cellars event in Sydney in March.

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Tasmania aims higher

THE SAVOUR Tasmania wine and food festival will return in 2010 with a bigger format after this year's event proved a huge success.

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Sue's solo performance

FORMER Stonehaven winemaker Sue Bell has struck out on her own and is set to release wines under the Bellwether label.

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Gourmet programme

BELLS at Killcare, leading Sydney chef Stefano Manfredi's new venture on the Central Coast of New South Wales, has unveiled a series of gourmet dinners

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Hotel's unique offering

THE LOUISE, the upmarket Small Luxury Hotels member in the Barossa Valley, has launched exclusive private wine and winery experiences for guests.

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Tempting tastes of Orange

THE ORANGE region of Central Western New South Wales probably has more wine and food festivals than any district of a comparable size

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Naked and novel

WINE lovers can buy their favourite drink in bottles, casks, plastic bottles and cans - and now in pouches.

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Fine wine from a big egg

IT LOOKS like a seven-foot Easter egg and it might just be the next big thing in winemaking.

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Predictably precarious vintage

VINTAGE 2009 in Victoria ended pretty much the way it started - anxiously.

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Foster's starts shrinking

IT'S ALL happening at Foster's as the big Australian starts acting on the recommendations contained in its February review.

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Yarra Yering on the market

YARRA Yering, the Yarra Valley vineyard owned by the late Dr Bailey Carrodus, is up for sale.

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Borrowing from Burgundy

A VINTAGE in Burgundy last year has inspired a Hunter Valley winemaker to duplicate the experience back home.

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Cold shoulder for Scandinavian vines

SOME riesling makers are now planting vineyards in Norway and Sweden to combat the effects of climate change

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Pinot package to benefit victims

THE COUNTRY Fire Authority will benefit from an exclusive en primeur wine package being offered through the Langton's auction house.

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Great tale of a hard journey

AT A TIME when many Australian winemakers are considering leaving the industry comes a new book dedicated to life on the land.

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Winter Harvest at the NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2009 ....Warm Your Senses

The much anticipated event on the regional winter calendar ? The NAB Barossa Gourmet Weekend - kicks off again on 22 and 23 August in the heart of Australia?s premier wine region. With the NAB getting behind the event, winery participants are gearing up for another successful weekend.

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All Saints Estate - Winery Walkabout

Visit us and try our range of wines including the award winning Sangiovese Cabernet or Chardonnay Viognier, available at Cellar Door for a short time only. Why not take home a Double Indulgence, the All Saints Rutherglen Muscat and Tokay gift pack?the perfect memento of your 2009 Winery Walkabout experience!

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Shottesbrooke McLaren Vale Merlot 2007

Shottesbrooke was an early pioneer of this variety planting Merlot in the early 1980?s for production as a 100% varietal wine. A combination of the generous climate and the deep sandy loam which require minimal to no irrigation produces fruit of a very high quality and excellent balance.

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Harvest 2009 heralds new Marlborough venture

The completion of the 2009 harvest in Marlborough marks the genesis of Kevin Judd?s new wine label, Greywacke ? and brings to a close his 25 vintage role as chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay Vineyards, a career inextricably linked to the international reputation of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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Top Drops to come! Geelong Wine Growers Celebrate Vintage ?09 Silver Lining

Geelong wine growers are celebrating!?Despite record low yields, vintage 2009 is being heralded as delivering a true silver lining - producing some of the best fruit quality this region has ever seen.

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New dance partner for Firestick

The commencement of the 2009 season of Sydney Dance Company under the artistic direction of Rafael Bonachela coincides with another first ? the announcement of Firestick wines as the Company?s exclusive national wine partner.

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Voyager Estate 2007 Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot

This is the fourth release of this wine which was brought into the fold to provide a gateway to quality Cabernet Merlot from Margaret River.

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Kevin Judd passes the baton

WITH his 25th vintage with the winery approaching, Cloudy Bay's founding winemaker, Kevin Judd, has resigned to build up his own label.

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A grand old drink

THE ALL SAINTS winery in North-East Victoria recently released its first rare Museum Muscat.

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Wine course honour shared

HEEMSKERK winemaker Anna Pooley and James Spreadbury, restaurant manager of the Kitchen Door shared honours...

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Croser calls for affordable quality

THE INTERNATIONAL financial downturn will sort out the producers of ?trophy wines' as drinkers become more discriminating

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Now an even healthier wine

AN AUSTRALIAN medico-cum-winemaker is claiming a world first with his resveratrol-enhanced wines

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Phylloxera spreads in the Yarra Valley

IN THE lead-up to the 2009 vintage, three new phylloxera outbreaks have been detected in the Yarra Valley.

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Exodus gathers momentum

THE WINE industry's New Year started ominously...

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Rosy prospects for pink bubbles

SALES of sparkling rose, across all price points, continue to soar...

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Old store takes on new role

THE MODERN cellar door is changing.

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What really sells a wine

WHEN it comes to most wine purchases it isn?t taste that holds sway with consumers.

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The name's bolly - James Bolly

BOLLINGER releases French-designed collector?s item to coincide with the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

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Grigio goes bubbly

YOU KNOW when pinot grigio is really hot? When it goes sparkling.

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'Cute' labels under attack

AUSTRALIAN wine labels are under attack on all fronts.

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Plastic Barrel Revolution

AN AUSTRALIAN invention that replicates a wine barrel and saves winemakers money is set to revolutionise winemaking.

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2009 vintage heralds great reds for Hawkes' Bay

At almost the very end of the Hawke?s Bay vintage, winemakers are looking more relaxed than they did a couple of months ago.?Following an annual vintage survey conducted by Hawke?s Bay Winegrowers Inc. of its members, the 2009 vintage is looking brilliant for Hawke?s Bay?s red wines.

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Winemakers applaud Government?s restraint on tax

Winemakers applaud Government?s restraint on tax The Winemakers? Federation of Australia says the Federal Government has shown common sense by resisting the temptation to increase taxes on wine in the Budget.

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A Holy Wine Honours a Century of Care

Well regarded surgeon and vigneron Robert Lusby, on ?Holy orders?, has created a truly special wine to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of one of Australia?s leading private hospitals.

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Sample premium Penfolds wines at the Terrace

Terrace Restaurant has once again joined forces with one of Australia?s finest wine producers to bring wine and food connoisseurs a truly special dinner.

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Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2009

The dates for the Barossa Gourmet Weekend have been confirmed for the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2009.

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Pemberton chosen for new regional series Chardonnay

With its own mature, estate-owned and managed vineyards in Margaret River, Pemberton, Mount Barker & Geographe, Capel Vale is in an enviable position to make an informed decision on the best regional styles for each grape variety.

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Longview Vineyard - more than just a wine brand

The sense of place attached to Longview Vineyard is strong ? and wine lovers who have made the 40-minute drive south east of Adelaide to Macclesfield are left with indelible memories. Towering gum trees among perfectly manicured vines. Gently undulating hills.

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Angullong Wines supports Ronald McDonald House ?Snowflake Ball?

Orange?s Angullong Vineyard has recently joined with Ronald McDonald House (RMH) as the wine sponsor for the upcoming Ronald McDonald House ?Snowflake Ball?.

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Court of Master Sommeliers to Return in September ?09 Offering Internationally Recognised Qualification

Australian sommeliers will have another opportunity in September 2009 to test their skills in the exciting program run by the world?s premier examining body for beverage professionals, the Court of Master Sommeliers, when the group return for the second year.

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Distribution of Beelgara Products in China

Beelgara, a producer of high quality Australian wines has announced its partnership with Shanghai Tohzen Trading Co., Ltd. (Tohzen).

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Report highlights significant impact of the wine industry on New Zealand economy

The growing economic impact of the New Zealand wine industry has been highlighted in a report prepared by the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research (NZIER) for New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for New Zealand?s 1,200 grape growers and 600 winemakers.

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Tomich Wines appoint InWine Distribution

InWine Distribution proudly welcomes Adelaide Hills winery Tomich Wines to the national portfolio.

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New carbon footprint calculator for wine industry

An online calculator specifically designed to help Australian wineries measure their carbon footprint was launched in Adelaide today.

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Bard's Drop New Release

Bard's Drop? is proud to announce the first release of wines under our newly created Shakespearean-themed Merry Wives? label. The home of Bard's Drop? is our vineyard on Broke Road in the Hunter Valley, adjacent to the Lakes Folly vineyard. While our inaugural vintage of old-vine Hunter Valley Shiraz from the 2009 vintage awaits release we have created a Shiraz and Chardonnay under the Merry Wives? label.

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Barossa Under the Stars

TINA ARENA joins CHRIS ISAAK AT BAROSSA UNDER THE STARS 2009

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Vinitaly Anyone for Amarone?

ONE of the major producers of Amarone - Italy's most opulent red wines - says she doesn't have a problem with Australian producers using the name.

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Daylesford stands alone

THE DAYLESFORD wine area has traditionally been associated with the bigger, more important Macedon Ranges region.

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Chinese market's new promoter

THE AUSTRALIAN wine industry takes the growing export market to China so seriously it has appointed, for the first time, a full-time market development officer to promote its wines.

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Tickling the riesling formula

EVERY riesling maker in the land, it seems, is experimenting with a sweeter-style riesling these days.

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Adapting to a hotter future

WINEMAKERS in Victoria's North East are preparing for a long, hot future, with predictions of average annual temperatures rising by 9C by 2030.

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Dan Murphy's mate bows out

HE WAS a member of the most powerful - and controversial - duo to ever sell wine in Australia but, after 23 years, Tony Leon is calling it quits.

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Casks fall out of favour

THE WINE cask - a friend of the Australian drinker for the past 40 years - is officially in decline. Once it represented nearly 70 per cent of all wine sales in this country but today the figure is just 45.4 per cent and falling.

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Mediterranean show class proposed

THE INCOMING chairman of the Melbourne Wine Show, Steve Webber, has proposed a new 'Mediterranean' class of wines for the show.

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Shiraz takes centre stage

THE THIRD International Shiraz Alliance comes to the Barossa Valley from June 20 to 22 for a three-day talk and taste fest focusing on the shiraz - or 'syrah' - wines of the world.

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