The art of wine at the ultimate cellar door experience

A LEADING Australian winemaker will soon open a cellar door that promises to thrill all the senses to improve the bottom line. For d’Arenberg Winery’s Chester Osborn, the five-storey AUD$14 million glass-encased steel and concrete structure inspired by Rubik’s Cube is the realisation of a 13-year dream. Osborn, 54, is the chief winemaker and futurist for the company his great grandfather Joseph Osborn founded 104 years ago but is equally well known for his love of art and his eclectic and eccentric collection of shirts.

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Winners of the fourth annual China Awards

Wine professionals who excel in promoting fine Australian wine in China have been celebrated at a gala dinner and ceremony at Space by Three in Shanghai. Days after its latest Export Report confirmed that mainland China is now Australia’s number one export market by value, Wine Australia has announced 13 worthy winners at its 4th annual China Awards on Monday 24 October. Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark was in Shanghai for the event and said, ‘The Wine Australia China Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the people and businesses who are helping to promote fine Australian wine in China.

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Winners of the National Cool Climate Wine Show

The world-class judges of the National Cool Climate Wine Show have tasted well over 800 wines from 150 entrants all over Australia, and the results have been finalised just hours before the public tasting. This year exhibitors were rewarded with a total of 292 medals. That is a 36% strike rate with 35 Gold, 64 Silver and 193 Bronze medals awarded. Special mention to the excellent class of Sparkling Wines and the great results from the Central Ranges with many wines from Orange and Bathurst excelling. The Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to Josef Chromy Wines for their 2010 Pinot Chardonnay Sparkling.

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Storm brewing over safe drinking review

The Turnbull government has quietly begun a review of Australia’s safe-drinking guidelines after the “low risk” level of alcohol intake was halved overnight amid accusations of nanny statism. The five-yearly review of the guidelines, running behind schedule, was kicked off by the government this month with the selection of a 14-member panel to scrutinise the guidelines for the National Health and Medical Research Council. There are rumblings the process is captive to anti-alcohol public health advocates who will ensure the review maintains or even stiffens the current standards.

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ACCC promises further examination of winegrape sector

The wine industry has been put on notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that further examination of contracting practices are required. This has been confirmed in a report issued by the ACCC, following a series of workshops and consultation sessions with viticulture and horticulture representatives over the past four months. The report Perspectives in Horticulture and Viticulture summarises the issues raised with the ACCC and provides the agency’s responses. Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) Executive Officer Mike Stone attended one of the workshops and hosted a meeting of two ACCC senior managers with winegrape growers in Mildura in August.

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