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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.


"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."


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


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


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.


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


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.

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