Sweet Success for Hawke’s Bay’s Alpha Domus Winery

Boutique Hawke’s Bay Winery Alpha Domus continues to attract attention at national and international competitions, with a string of awards to its name. Most recently, Alpha Domus’s 2015 The Barnstormer Syrah has won three gold medals, at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the Sydney International Wine Competition and the Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards. Managing Director Paul Ham says this is a huge coup for the family-owned winery. “In an increasingly crowded marketplace with a large number of big players, it’s testament to the care and attention we as a boutique wine producer place on every stage of the process from vine to wine,” says Mr Ham.

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Geographical indications set for New Zealand

The Act to bring New Zealand’s long-dormant geographical indications (GI) registration scheme into force has been passed by parliament. GIs are used to signal that products originating from a particular geographical region possess certain characteristics or qualities attributed to that location. Well known examples include Champagne and Scotch whisky. It is expected that the registration scheme will be in force by around March or April 2017. This will allow ‘interested persons’ to register a GI in relation to wine or spirits.

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Cellar doors spring up in Sydney’s inner city

Forget about travelling hours to a remote location to sample the best that Australia’s wine regions have to offer — Sydney’s inner west is brimming over with cellar doors which bring the best to you. Earlier this year, Cake Wines opened Sydney first winery cellar door in Redfern, converting an old warehouse into a experiential drinking spot for lovers of vino. Now, Handpicked Wines joins the growing trend with a cellar door in the heart of the Chippendale creative commons.

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Coles takes on Aldi with cheap, award-winning wine

The supermarket giant’s liquor arm is gearing up to take on the German discounter with private label plonk, after Aldi won over drinkers with a slew of awards. A $5 bottle of red sold exclusively at Coles was yesterday named as the best wine under $20 from Australia and New Zealand at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards. The James Busby Big & Bold Shiraz 2015 was chosen from a field of 10,000 wines by a panel of expert judges that included Australian wine industry legend Wolf Blass.

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Kono Beverages and Bouchon Wines Partnership

Kono Beverages of New Zealand and Bouchon Wines and Spirits of Australia are pleased to announce a distribution partnership with immediate effect. Bouchon will exclusively promote the Tohu and Aronui brands in the State of Queensland. Bouchon will be adding eight Kono wines to their portfolio. These eight wines are made by Kono Chief Winemaker, Bruce Taylor, at their Awatere Valley Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. The wines are made from premium fruit grown on ancestral lands in Marlborough and Nelson.

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Langhorne Creek wins leading Australasian wine award

A Cabernet Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek in South Australia has topped a field of 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand to be named Winestate Wine of the Year 2016. The award, presented to Lake Breeze Wines for its Arthur’s Reserve Langhorne Creek Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec 2012 yesterday in Adelaide, is the second time the South Australian winery has taken out the award after winning in 2010 with its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s winning wine is Cabernet Sauvignon (86 per cent) blend with small amounts of Petit Verdot (9 per cent) and Malbec (5 per cent).

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New vineyard weather stations

Four new vineyard weather stations in the Hilltops and Southern Highlands wine regions have extended the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) monitoring network to 42 stations across eight wine growing regions.
DPI viticultural development officer, Adrian Englefield, said high rainfall this winter and spring has increased vineyard pest and disease pressure for many NSW winegrape growers. “Up-to-date weather station information from the DPI Weather Station Network is helping growers make informed and timely management decisions,” Mr Englefield said. “DPI’s weather station network gives winegrape growers real time vineyard weather information, which can be used to tailor vineyard spray applications to manage pest and diseases.”

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