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Today the Abbott government announced it has asked Treasury to prepare a discussion paper on the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) as part of its White Paper tax review. When it comes to alcohol Australia's tax rules are some of the most complex in the world, as outlined in the discussion paper on the Australian taxation system recently released by treasurer Joe Hockey.


New Zealand wines are witnessing a surge in demand and are in top gear in many export markets. The exports marked a record high of NZ $1.29 billion in 2014, that was up by 8.2 percent over the previous 12 months, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.


Sauvignon Blanc might be the darling of New Zealand, but this rugged winemaking region is far from a one trick pony.


On the heels of a study by Macquarie University's accounting and sustainability expert professor Roger Burritt, Australia's winemakers are wondering what they can do to conserve water in the midst of predictions about a dry future.


McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra has made a significant foray into cool-climate Adelaide Hills with the acquisition of prime Pinot Noir producer Ashton Hills.


Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is to sell three of its wineries in Australia and close down another in California as part of continued plans to cut overheads.


Wine regions such as Marlborough or Hawke's Bay could enjoy greater international protection under New Zealand government plans to implement a legal system of Geographical Indications (GIs).


A university researcher is training sniffer dogs to detect pest and disease in vineyards. Dogs have traditionally been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and even missing people, but their new target could be phylloxera - a devastating disease that feeds on the roots of vines and can eventually kill an entire vineyard.


Treasury Wine Estates said Tuesday it would book $50 million in writedowns and cut an unspecified number of jobs after idling wineries and production facilities in the US and Australia.


New grape varieties planted on Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)'s Marlborough campus vineyard are looking promising, with some ready for their first vintage this year.


Students of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's new viticulture and winemaking degree in Blenheim are searching for red grape varieties that will flourish in New Zealand's cooler grape growing climate.


The 2015 vintage of the country's flagship Sauvignon Blanc will be the first produced under a government-backed initiative to research and produce wines that dispel the image of low-alcohol, low-calorie wines as overly sweet, inferior tastes.


Grapegrowers use integrated vector spraying and removal of rogue vines


Leading family wineries tour to showcase Australian wine heritage and modern diversity


New Zealand's wine exports hit a new high last year, rising 8.2 percent to NZ$1.37bn, according to the country's wine marketing body.


While northern wines are overwintering in the cellars, some Southern Hemisphere wineries are getting started on the 2015 vintage.


New Zealand is launching an international conference celebrating its flagship grape variety - Sauvignon Blanc - which will take place in Marlborough in February 2016.


?Higher consumer demand for New Zealand wines has continued to put pressure on land space and some producers believe Marlborough will be fully planted in as little as five years.


Australian government data shows total wine exports to China rose 8 percent last year to 40 million litres, valued at A$224 million ($183.34 million). That's a significant turnaround from 2013 when wine exports plunged 16 percent.


The site, which bills itself as "where real people rate real Australian wines", encourages ordinary wine buyers to write reviews of the lesser known Australian wine brands, like people writing reviews for travel website Trip­Advisor or restaurant website ­Urbanspoon.

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