Little Wine and Beer Tours – a clever business idea

Up until the age of 24, Emma Jones was convinced she was just a beer drinker. While she grew up in Newcastle just down the road from the Hunter Valley, wine wasn’t something she found her palate could quite adapt to. Now four years later, Jones has launched Little Wine and Beer Tours Australia – a company that offers groups the opportunity to easily get out and experience boutique wineries and breweries on the east coast and in South Australia. It was boutique wineries just like those that her tours visit that finally won over her palette.

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Boost in exports for WA wine producers

Australian wine exports have increased in both volume and value in the past 12 months, bringing welcome news for local producers in Western Australia. Kim Tyrer, President of Mount Barker Wine Producers Association, said that export growth represents opportunities for WA producers operating at the higher end of the market. “In WA we can’t compete on the cheaper, lower end, we have to be at the premium end of the market. China’s very into red wine, so that suits us. The US are also very much into a similar sort of thing.”

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Removing the manipulation stigma from Winemaking

Manipulation is a much-maligned word, suggesting that the winemaker is somehow cheating. Clark Smith believes we should just get over it. Accusing a winemaker of manipulation is like calling your wife a whore because she’s sleeping with you. To dishonour our craft is both insulting and naïve. Winemaking is, after all, just a form of food preparation – the ultimate slow food. Chefs are supposed to manipulate things. It’s what we do.

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Bookings soar for WineTech 2015

WineTech 2015 will be one of the biggest and most diverse wine industry trade shows ever presented in South Australia as bookings for the conference continue to soar. Held at the Adelaide Showground, the event has seen more than 85 per cent of exhibitor space booked with a significant number of Australian and overseas companies participating for the first time. Hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc. (WISA), WineTech 2015 will be a dedicated trade exhibition targeting people in the industry with a direct operational focus.

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Municipalities Must Build in ‘Fun’ Factor: Speaker

One of Canada’s leading voices on building vital communities is bringing that expertise to Whitchurch-Stouffville. “People live their lives in their city or town. That’s where they meet their friends, enjoy sports, learn, have their coffee in the morning on the way to work, socialize on a Friday night,” Hume said. “So, all of a sudden, you are seeing municipal responsibilities for dynamic streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, festival squares; these are where people are meeting and going. That’s the new trend.” READ MORE…

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Belfast, Malta and Alcazar de Sevilla Experience the Game of Thrones Effect

Cine-tourism has been thriving since 1985, when Meryl Streep fell for Robert Redford in Out of Africa and bookings for safaris in Kenya and sales of khaki bush shirts went through the proverbial roof. This year’s big screen-linked tourism phenomenon is Game of Thrones, which is filmed across a variety of countries, helpfully ensuring many destinations can get into the act, with themed packages and tours. READ MORE…

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