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08/07/14

Labour's proposed water tax is being described as an attack on rural New Zealand.

08/06/14

Wine is wonderful to drink but wine-making companies have been such lousy investments for so long that most sideline observers are wondering what prompted buy-out specialists KKR and Rhone Capital to offer what looks to be an outrageously generous $3.1 billion for troubled Australian-based winemaker, Treasury Wine Estates.

08/06/14

New Zealand's Mission Estate is targeting UK growth in the independent and on-trade sectors with the appointment of its first UK business development manager.

08/01/14

An Australian vineyard is being pursued by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture after it falsely claimed to be an organic producer.

07/31/14

The Australian Taxation Office has warned the wine industry not to abuse the system by unfairly claiming hundreds of thousands of tax rebates each year.

07/29/14

Warmer weather is driving a boom in Tasmanian wine as wineries look to expand to cooler climes.

07/25/14

Australian winemaker Wolf Blass is fighting to close a tax loophole allowing New Zealand competitors to claim millions each year in wine tax rebates from Australia.

07/17/14

Vinomofo has released the results of its inaugural 2014 Wine Census, the largest of its kind in Australia with 5,000 drinkers surveyed, and the revelations are surprising.

07/16/14

The average value of Australian wine exports has increased, despite volume decreasing by 6% over the past 12 months.

07/16/14

Wine Victoria believes the free trade agreement with Japan can help to ease the oversupply issue restricting the state's wine industry. The agreement, announced last week, included removing the 15 per cent import tariff on bottled, sparkling and bulk wine exported to Japan.

07/09/14

Australia's Torbreck Vintners has secured long-term grape supplies for one of its top wines after buying Gnadenfrei vineyard in Barossa Valley.

07/02/14

Legal firm Maurice Blackburn lodged documents in the Federal Court on Wednesday to begin a class-action lawsuit against Treasury Wine Estates. The legal action is on behalf of more than 600 shareholders over what the firm claims was a late disclosure of heavy writedowns relating to its United States business in 2013

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.

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