Industry Insights

Riverland Wine Calls for Reform to Tax Hikes

Riverland Wine, the representative body for South Australian Riverland wine producers, is calling on Government to put an end to Australian wine’s “preferential” tax rate. The body joins the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, along with others such as the Wolf Blass Foundation, in their campaign to reform wine tax hikes. Federation Chief Executive, Paul Evans, … Continued

January 29, 2015

Alcohol-Related Violence is Down ALSA Reports

A report conducted by the Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) and released this week, has found that that both “risky” drinking and alcohol related violence are down. The ‘Report into Australia’s Changing Drinking Habits: The facts about Australia’s alcohol usage’, finds that alcohol consumption has declined by 25 per cent since the 1970s, while alcohol-related … Continued

January 29, 2015

Heavy Rain Dampens Hunter Valley Winemakers’ Vintage

Heavy rain over the last few days has Hunter winemakers worried for the 2015 red vintage. While the majority of white grapes have been picked in the region, the reds are not quite ready. Weather stations in the region have recorded 40mm of rainfall. Hunter Valley Vigneron and Winemaker, Andrew Margan, says the rain could … Continued

January 29, 2015

Winners of The 2015 Sydney International Wine Competition Announced

The 2015 Sydney International Wine Competition winners and Top 100 Wines have been announced. Across categories, winners of this year’s competition include Casella Family Brands, Jansz Tasmania, Taylors Wines, Yealands Wine Group, d’Arenberg, Grant Burge Wines, Jacob’s Creek, The Yalumba Wine Company, Oyster Bay Wines, Villa Maria, De Bortoli Wines, Calabria Family Wines and Peter … Continued

January 23, 2015

Alcohol Related or Non-Related Violence?

An article by Tim Gregg, posted in the Sydney Morning Herald this week, puts forward an interesting argument for the separation of alcohol and violence. Titled: ‘It’s not the drinking – it’s us: Violence doesn’t necessarily follow boozing’, the article uses Germany as a model example to question the perceived relationship between alcohol and violence … Continued

January 23, 2015

Positive Returns For Australia’s Wine Exports

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority’s (AGWA) latest Wine Export Approval Report December 2014, released on Wednesday, reports that Australian wine exports are up by 1.9 per cent in both volume and value. This is the first increase to have been seen in export values since the global recession in 2007. In addition, the Wine … Continued

January 23, 2015

Australian Distilled Spirits Awards – Enter Now!

The closing date for entries to the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) is steadily approaching – closing on Friday January 23. Entrants will be judged between February 24-25, with eight major trophies available to win, across whisky, gin, vodka, brandy, rum, liqueurs and alternative spirits. ADSA is a first-ever awards program for distilled spirits and liqueurs, launched by … Continued

January 16, 2015

Future Leaders Returns in 2015

Future Leaders is in search of its next 15 applicants to join its development program. Funded and coordinated by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), applicants should be from the grape and wine sector, who are early- to mid-career, and who are already demonstrating leadership potential. If successful, candidates will enter the six-month program, commencing in June. Applicants will take … Continued

January 16, 2015

Drinks Association Welcomes New Corporate Partner

As we kick off the New Year, the drinks association is thrilled to welcome SCG Events/Delaware North to its group of Corporate Partners. The latest business to align itselfwith the association, SCG Events and parent company Delaware North, are set to deliver a new level of prestige to association events, in particular the annual Australian … Continued

January 16, 2015