Sweden's wine industry is maturing nicely thanks to climate change

The song of a skylark mingles with the clink of glasses from the small bodega by the winery. Inside, the sommelier is serving visitors as they gaze out on to rows of vines stretching down a slope of rolling hillside. This may look like Languedoc, Rioja or the Mosel, but it’s rural Sweden, where climate change is midwife to the slow birth of Europe’s northernmost wine region. The plot of fertile soil a short drive from Malmö, Sweden’s third city, has been in Håkan Hansson’s family for five generations.

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Marketing plan invites changes in perception

GISBORNE District councillors have been told the “‘massive” national and international marketing machine of Air New Zealand could overcome the stigma and poor perception many people have of the region. Jasper Holdsworth, a trustee of Activate Tairawhiti, and Gavin Murphy, the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, successfully asked councillors yesterday to reverse a previous decision not to grant Activate Tairawhiti $50,000 a year for three years to support an Air New Zealand campaign marketing larger Q300 aircraft on the Wellington to Gisborne route.

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Blaze hits Waikato's Vilagrad Winery

As Jacob Nooyen watched the winery his family had established a century ago go up in flames his first thought was “God, save the wine! I’m the winemaker and there’s just so much work that’s gone in to making the wine,” said the winery owner and winemaker after Monday morning’s blaze which severely damaged 60-70 per cent of the Ngahinapouri winery near Hamilton. Every Waikato firefighting crew was called in to battle the blaze.

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‘Dining boom’ the next big thing for Australian exporters to Asia

HIGH in the Mongolian mountains, far from the reach of skyscrapers and flashing city lights, a shipment of Queensland wine is bundled up with blankets, carried through the rocky and snow-dusted countryside on the back of a yak. It’s one of the more unusual export deliveries for Sirromet winery at Mt Cotton, near Brisbane, which has been quick to stretch its legs into the booming Asian market. And while there’s unique challenges in exporting overseas, director of sales and marketing Rod Hill says it’s worth the effort as a rapidly growing middle class increases global demand for food.

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Sulphur-free wine tastes great but isn’t made to last

Sulphur has been used as a preservative and disinfectant in winemaking for thousands of years. The ancient Romans burned sulphur candles inside amphorae before filling them with wine because they knew it helped the wine stay fresh; sulphur dioxide was first added to wine as a preservative as long ago as the late 15th century. Today, the practice of adding sulphur dioxide, SO2, to wine is almost universal.

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WA wineries produce another outstanding vintage

West Australian wine lovers can again toast to good tasting wine after winemakers wrapped up another outstanding vintage, continuing a stellar trend in the west. A sustained period of successful vintages across WA’s rich and diverse wine regions have been the envy of interstate wine industries, with 2015 another standout year. Low yields resulted in top-quality varieties south of the state, while the Swan Valley harvest is one of the best vintages on record, with yields spot on and quality buoyed by the cooler start to summer.

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