Scientists investigating mechanical thinning of grape crops to cut costs and improve profitability stumbled across an unexpected benefit, wine industry representatives learnt at a Grape Days seminar in Blenheim last week.
Today there are less than 50 hectares which generally produce wines that are much closer to the quality which prompted Jancis Robinson, the eminent British winewriter, to classify the grape as a classic in her book, Vines , Grapes and Wines.
The retreat by the Australian dollar since May has provided comfort to Casella Wines' bank lender, National Australia Bank, with a deal to restructure the winemakers' debt facilities expected to be signed by the end of the financial year.
The future of wine tourism and exports is the focus of Federal Parliament's agriculture committee today. Representatives of Wine Australia Corporation will address the committee about its work supporting the development of Australia's wine industry.
According to a report in the Marlborough Express, investors Min Jia and Xiumei Lin acquired the business from insolvency practitioner Deloitte after Awatere Valley-based Otuwhero Estate Wines went into receivership in September 2010.
Negociants USA (NUSA), the leading importer of Australian and New Zealand wines for the U.S. market announced an exclusive partnership with Wirra Wirra, a historic winery known for producing high-quality wines from the coveted, premium region of McLaren Vale.