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06/30/14

Speculation of a takeover of one of Australia's largest wine groups, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), is continuing to grow, with the company this week flagging further profit write-downs and changes to its business model.

06/30/14

Founding winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines and twice International Wine and Spirits Competition Winemaker of the Year, Andrew Wigan is to retire after 35 years with the winery. Ian Hongell, who has worked with Wigan for 16 years will be promoted to chief winemaker in January next year.

06/25/14

Foley Family Wines, which is majority owned by American businessman and vineyard owner Bill Foley, plans to step up to the main board of the New Zealand stock exchange following its takeover of Martinborough Vineyards and the sale of $10 million of shares to institutional investors.

06/25/14

More than $16 million is to be spent over the next seven years on the wine industry's largest ever programme of research and development.

06/25/14

The West Australian wine industry plans to double exports to $100 million within three years despite a recent decline in Australian wine exports.

06/18/14

The Federal Government's drugs advisory body last week suggested winemaking classes in high schools should be banned because they promote alcohol to minors. Nuriootpa High School principal Neil White was quick to squash that theory.

06/17/14

The New Zealand wine industry has launched a sustainability scorecard and "reporting tool" to allow producers to measure their level of sustainability.

06/17/14

Christopher "Topper" Ann, a pioneer of the English wine industry and former owner of the English Wine Centre at Alfriston, died peacefully earlier this month at the age of 70.

06/13/14

Wine grapes are a climatically sensitive crop grown in a fairly narrow geographic range. Growing season temperatures for high-quality wine production are generally limited to 13-21C on average.

06/12/14

Wine industry members from the Limestone Coast have been busy exploring new depths as part of a long-term soil sustainability vision for the region.

06/06/14

A leading figure in the Australian wine industry has hit out at what he perceives as an excessive focus on the country's supermarket performance.

06/03/14

The New Zealand wine industry has experienced its largest crush on record with the 2014 vintage, though one key producer believes it is not in danger of a wine glut.

05/26/14

"the message to producers of skin contact white wines is that you risk serious consequences in describing your wines using the word "orange", unless the word is clearly being used to denote one of its common English meanings."

05/22/14

Winemaker Treasury Wine Estates says 175 jobs will go as it moves to invest more heavily in marketing and promoting its brands.

05/22/14

A first look at vintage quality Down Under, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

05/14/14

Contractors began work at Foley Family Wines in Marlborough yesterday to make way for a new bottling warehouse. Simcox Construction, in charge of earthworks, began clearing the Waihopai Valley Rd site in preparation for the new development. The new building would be able to store more than 1.6 million bottles of wine.

05/08/14

Barossa Valley winemakers need to break free from the region's "default setting" and revisit the lighter expressions of its past, believes one winemaker.

05/07/14

Rock Ferry Wines has been ordered to pay almost $10,000 to a cellar door employee who was unfairly dismissed. The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that Renwick woman Jan Rutherford was unjustifiably dismissed as a winery investigation was not done properly.

05/02/14

Winemaker Australian Vintage, whose brands include McGuigan, Passion Pop and Tempus Two, says the amount of grapes it crushed for the 2014 vintage fell by nearly a fifth as a result of frost late last year. And it expects the 2014 crush for the whole industry will be down on 2013 because of the damaging frost.

05/01/14

Australian winemaker McWilliam's has revamped its packaging and launched a new range of wines as it restructures its global portfolio.

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