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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.


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.


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


Wine exports exceeded $1.3 billion annually for the first time in March, according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand - a 9.2 per cent increase from 12 months ago.


Wine lovers in the United States are drinking more New Zealand wines than ever, with double-digit annual percentage increases in the value of imports for the past five straight years. As demand increases, investors are also developing a taste for Kiwi wine. Recent acquisitions in the New Zealand wine market by two U.S.-based major players-Foley Family Wines and Terroir Selections-signal an increasing confidence in the wines' future.


The mainstays of the region's wine production are high-altitude, mineral-driven Malbec, and surprisingly approachable, soft-edged Tannat (a wine often with hard tannins), both showing promise as foils to Mendoza's warmer, riper styles. The third, but perhaps most important grape, is a white variety called Torrontés.


Cool conditions during flowering at the end of last year resulted in poor fruit set. Australian Vintage viticulturist Murray Leake says it's disappointing that yields are so low. "Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio on average have all been about 50 per cent down.


Residents in the Perth's south and eastern suburbs are being urged to keep an eye out for European wasps which have established a presence in the area this year. Eight of the 49 European wasp nests destroyed by the Department of Agriculture and Food this year were located around Kelmscott and Mt Nasura, Department senior technical officer Marc Widmer said.


Accolade Wines has finalized the purchase of a suite of award-winning New Zealand wine brands including Mud House and Waipara Hills, and their assets, from the Mud House Wine Group. In addition, the deal, initially announced last November, will see Accolade add the Dusky Sounds, Haymaker and Skyleaf brands to its extensive portfolio of New World wine brands.


As New Zealand harvests its second bumper vintage in a row, one winery owner has expressed concern that the country will repeat the oversupply pricing problems of 2008.


Online-only wine retailer Rewined predicts that the New Zealand online wine market will account for 15% of total retail sales completed online by 2018. This is based on the rise in the industry sector in the past two years and international trends.


Vineyards that have been on the market for years are starting to sell as buyers gain confidence in the wine industry again, Marlborough real estate agents say. Bayleys Marlborough agent Tim Crawford said the company had sold 12 vineyards in the past year.


McGuigan wines producer Australian Vintage has warned that it is facing a difficult 2014 vintage, but the firm has been buoyed by a rise in profits in the first half of its financial year.


Winemakers in Western Australia's Margaret River region are becoming increasingly confident that 2014 will be one of their best vintages yet for white wines.


Half-year operating profits at Treasury Wine Estates fell by 38% to A$45.8 million, which it blamed on increased marketing and distribution investment and challenging conditions in Asia and Australia.


Trinity Hill, a mid-sized Hawkes Bay wine producer, said US winery owner Charles Banks planned to take a controlling 67 per cent stake in the company, subject to regulatory approvals.


Treasury Wine Estates is under renewed pressure to sell its troubled US division after a report from Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington declared the company could deliver at least $2 billion in extra value to shareholders by breaking itself up.


The state government claims they have got the balance right when it comes to the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy and the mapping of two critical industry clusters (CIC) in the Upper Hunter region.


A sixth-generation, family-owned winery in the Hunter Valley has installed a 200 kilowatt solar power system, energy efficient lighting and refrigeration upgrades.


The business would add to the Te Kairanga Wines company, just down the road in the town of Martinborough that Foley acquired in 2011

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