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Steven Ciobo, trade, tourism and investment minister, this morning announced Australia had taken the first step in commencing formal consultations with Canada regarding measures believed by Australia to impose "arbitrary and disadvantageous restrictions" on the sale of imported wine in Canadian grocery stores, inconsistent with Canada's WTO obligations. The step responded to concerns from the Australian wine industry regarding the Canadian measures, which Ciobo said negatively impacted trade with Australia's fourth largest export market for wine, currently valued at $185 million.


In October, Washington accused the Canadian province of British Columbia of giving an unfair advantage to local vineyards by giving their wine an exclusive retail channel in grocery store shelves and cutting out U.S. competition. Australia's complaint, published by the WTO on Tuesday, expanded the U.S. argument, saying that not only British Columbia but also Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, as well as the Canadian government, had policies on wine that broke WTO rules.


In recent years, the performance of Australian wine in the Chinese market has been impressive, competing strongly with traditional wine suppliers such as France.


As demand for low alcohol wine grows New Zealand is working to ensure it is ahead of the curve, having crossed the half way point of a seven-year research project into the production of premium, naturally-made low alcohol wines, trading off the success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


At a time when Australian wine exports to China are at an all time high, China has further reduced tariffs on Australian bottled and bulk wine, which is set to boost Australian wine exports to the country.


Liberty Wines is bolstering its already strong New Zealand collection in order to keep in step with the continued popularity of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.


The Hunter Valley has lost a wine industry icon with the death of Max Drayton on Saturday, aged 86. Born and raised in Pokolbin, Mr Drayton was a fourth generation vigneron, working in the family business since leaving school in 1946


What Pokemon Go did for kids understanding of AR, Australian wine brand 19 Crimes' new app does for adults.


Ebony Tinkler: "It's about giving people a wine experience that is delicious, interesting and creative ... from the vineyard to the glass."


Laira was sold to McWilliam's and today is owned by the Casella family of Yellow Tail fame. After the sale of Laira, the family bought new vineyards and two families now own about 500 acres that they describe as one of the biggest holdings in Coonawarra


V2 currently provides the sales and marketing services and manages the distribution network for the Torbreck portfolio throughout the United States but now under new terms V2 will become Torbreck's Importer of Record for the United States.


Wayne had been with Katnook since 1980. One of Australia's most respected winemakers, he won numerous awards during his career including two Jimmy Watson Trophies (1987 and 1998). Katnook Coonawarra is part of the Wingara Wine Group


A AUD$21.4 million public-private partnership between the Light Regional Council and Bunyip Water is helping to reduce a reliance on the overstressed Murray River


From her bolthole in McLaren Vale, where the first buds of spring are dotting the landscape with ­vibrant colour, Mary Hamilton is throwing metaphoric hand gren­ades. It's something she has been doing most of her life. As a budding student politician at the University of South Australia, she shunned the embedded party structure to run as an independent and be elected student president.


Brian McGuigan and Colin Peterson, have entered into an agreement to purchase the site at 119 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW. Popularly known as 'Ben Ean' and historically home to the Lindeman's Cellar Door


Based on the new funding framework, the AWRI has developed a new RDE plan that outlines its vision for its activities from 2017 to 2025. While this plan will attract investment from a range of sources, the entire plan has been formulated to align with Wine Australia's strategic priorities ...


The new BLASS collection includes a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend from premium vineyards in some of South Australia's top regions.


Tens of thousands of dollars' worth of wine with bogus vintages, appellations and grape varieties was allegedly exported across the globe


Treasury announced plans to launch an AUD300m (US$237.6m) share buyback programme. The group was keen to flag that the move did not take acquisitions off the table, adding that it "is currently pursuing inorganic growth opportunities, particularly in the US".


After posting a sales increase of 10% to A$1.1 billion ($872m) in its Americas region during its fiscal year through June, Treasury Wine Estates intends to unleash a number of new initiatives in the U.S. market in the year ahead.SND managing editor Daniel Marsteller spoke with TWE chief executive Michael Clarke to get the details.

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