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04/02/20

Australia's retailers are putting limits on purchases of alcohol as hoarders turn their attention from toilet paper and other household essentials to drink amid a widespread shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

04/02/20

The Australian grape and wine industry welcomes the Australian Government's JobKeeper Payment, which will help keep businesses afloat and keep people in rural and regional Australia in jobs.

04/02/20

Penfolds maker Treasury Wine Estates has been hit with a shareholder class action, alleging it engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and breached its continuous disclosure obligations to the market.

04/01/20

"We know that, unfortunately, some people in Australia consume alcohol in a harmful way. We also recognise that in these times, some may seek to use alcohol as a coping mechanism

04/01/20

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) welcomed this week's announcement from Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, that Australia and 15 other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed to establish an interim arrangement to bring appeals and solve trade disputes.

03/27/20

Here is the situation around the world - up to March 26 - on how different countries are operating in terms of ports, borders and their ability to get their products from A to B, according to global logistics supplier, Hillebrand

03/27/20

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has confirmed with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) that the wine sector, along with all agricultural industries, has been classed as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the continuation of all vineyard and winery operations.

03/27/20

Note that for wineries, traditional cleaning chemicals such as caustic were shown to be not particularly effective against SARS-CoV (the coronavirus responsible for SARS in 2003, Pagat et al. 2007), so detergents are more appropriate. Proprietary blends which may include surfactants (detergents or wetting agents to lift dirt from surfaces) and sequestrants (metal chelating agents) will be useful when using hard water. In addition, acidified sulfur dioxide solutions are not on the list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. With regards to sanitising, chlorine-based bleach solutions are typically mentioned as part of sanitation regimes by the World Health Organization (WHO), DOH and CDC. However, chlorine-based sanitisers and bleaches are NOT RECOMMENDED in a winery setting due to their potential to generate chlorophenol and chloroanisole taints. Ethanol solutions (typically 70% v/v in water) are effective against coronaviruses (Kampf et al. 2020, WHO, CDC) and hence such solutions are recommended for winery surfaces.

03/26/20

Whitecliff Wines, owned by one of the top, family-owned wine companies in New Zealand, is making its U.S. debut this spring with the introduction of Whitecliff Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in select markets around the country. Palmateer Wine Group of San Rafael, California, is handling U.S. sales and marketing for Whitecliff.

03/26/20

Wine sales between China and Australia have been hit hard by the pandemic, with well-known Australian winemaker Penfolds offering large discounts.

03/25/20

Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) welcomes the approach taken by the Victorian and New South Wales Governments to allow businesses to continue working through the 2020 vintage and encourages other governments to follow suit

03/25/20

While stocks last, Paul Nelson Wines is giving away free sixpacks to anyone who purchases vouchers (valued at $150 or more) for West Australian restaurants and wine bars.

03/25/20

Taking advantage of the growth in the low and no-alcohol category has proven to be a challenge for the global wine sector. While strong growth is forecast for the niche low no alcoholic drinks category in the USA, growth for wine in this segment is predicted to be at a more modest rate of 4 per cent.

03/24/20

New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan the wine industry would be allowed to operate during alert level-four.

03/20/20

Like all of us, Wine Australia is operating in a very dynamic environment with regard to COVID-19. We have undertaken detailed contingency planning so that we can continue to provide key services to support the sector under various scenarios, especially with respect to export approvals and certification.

03/19/20

An Australian-first regional cellar door in the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia will open its doors later this month after nine years since the project was first imagined.

03/18/20

"Luxury was one of the few industries that didn't decline in 2008 (it remained flat with zero growth), while most other markets weakened significantly. This confirmed my research, which says that luxury markets are more crisis-proof than non-luxury markets."

03/17/20

The technical director of a major Marlborough winery says the tide is turning on the use of herbicides in European viticulture and agriculture.

03/16/20

France and Spain joined Italy in imposing lockdowns on tens of millions of people, Australia ordered self-isolation of arriving foreigners and other countries extended entry bans as the world sought to contain the spreading coronavirus.

03/16/20

Rabobank senior wine industry analyst Hayden Higgins expects the global wine industry will continue to face significant uncertainty regarding international wine trade throughout 2020.

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