Global wine production up 2% in 2015

Global wine production is estimated to have increased by 2% in 2015, according to a report by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), with Italy once again named the world’s biggest producer having increased its volumes by 10%. Initial estimates presented by the OIV at a press conference this week predict total wine production in 2015 to have reached 275.7 million hectolitres. Italy saw the biggest rise producing 48.9 million hectolitres, up 10% on 2014. Italy was followed by France which produced 47.4 million hectolitres, a rise of just 1% compared with 2014.

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The best sparkling wine picks

Is New Zealand the best sparkling wine producer in the “New World”? Based on Cuisine’s tastings of sparkling wines over the years it may well be so. We’ve seen a steady rate of improvement and it hasn’t been limited only to high-priced products. In the latest tasting, all the five and four-and-a-half star wines were from NZ, and so were 12 out of 19 four star wines – many of which were also Best Buys.

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Bayer Young Viticulturist on the road to success

Caleb Dennis, Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015, was handed the keys to his prize from Hyundai last week and now has full use of a Santa Fe for a whole year. This was part of his prize package for winning the tough National Final in Hawke’s Bay at the end of August. “We are extremely grateful to Hyundai for their support and sponsorship,” says Nicky Grandorge, Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year national co-ordinator.

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Book Review ~ Tangled Vines, Greed, Murder, Obsession, Arson

Tangled Vines is one of the most fascinating wine history books I’ve read to date… I dove in, nearly drowned from the greed, murder, obsession, arson… Two decades in the wine business and this is nothing that I knew about, except for Mark Anderson’s horrific deed… But, even that was limited. I almost vomited when […]

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Art + wine

In partnership with Hunter Valley winery Bimbadgen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) has announced the release of both a red and white that will form the Bimbadgen MCA Wine Series XV – a 2014 Tempranillo from the Central Ranges Region in NSW and a 2015 Riesling from Orange. This latest series release marks the fifteenth year in a row that Bimbadgen has partnered with the MCA to combine art and wine in uniquely labelled bottles, creating two limited-edition blends with labels by Australian artists from the MCA Collection.

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Treasury signs new partnership agreement with Victoria Racing Club

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced today that it has signed a new five-year agreement with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), signifying the longest commercial partnership in the history of Australia’s premier racing club. The agreement extends the relationship between the two organisations to 43 years, with TWE retaining its rights as Official Wine Partner of the VRC and the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Angus McPherson, TWE’s Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, said the partnership provides TWE with the perfect platform to engage consumers.

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