Wine

Graduates Join Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Pernod Ricard Winemakers announced the successful Graduate Wine Ambassadors from its 2014 program this week. The Ambassadors are the first ever to come from its Graduate Wine Ambassador Program and had to take part in a competitive international recruitment process to be selected. The Graduate Wine Ambassadors hail from Australia, New Zealand and Japan, each … Continued

February 5, 2015

Torbreck Vinters Expands Management Ahead of Expected Growth

The Barossa based wine producer, Torbreck Vinters, has appointed two new members of staff to its senior management team ahead of expected and continued growth for the company. Stuart Barrie joins as the new Marketing and Communications Manager, while Matt Lane comes on as Vice President Americas. Mr. Barrie brings extensive experience in communications to … Continued

February 5, 2015

Nick Waterman Stands as New CEO of Yalumba: Major Staffing Changes to Australia’s Oldest Family Owned Winery Announced

Major changes to staffing at Australia’s oldest family owned winery, the Yalumba Wine Company, were announced this week. Most significantly is the announcement of the change in CEO, which sees proprietor and current CEO of Yalumba, Robert Hill-Smith, step down from the role, instead assuming the role of Chair. Mr. Hill-Smith joined the company 30 … Continued

February 4, 2015

Accolade Completes Acquisition of Grant Burge Wines

Accolade Wines has completed its acquisition of Grant Burge Wines, including the Grant Burge brand, Burge and Rathbone Fine Wine Merchants business and Krondorf Winery. Michael East, Accolade Wines General Manager Asia Pacific, said the company is pleased to now have a base in the Barossa. “We have a major historical presence in McLaren Vale … Continued

February 4, 2015

Drinks Picks: Taylors Estate Range – New Releases

Distributed by: Taylors Wines RRP:$18.95 Taylors Wines has released five new wines from the 2013 and 2014 vintages into its Estate range, including three reds and two whites. The 1973 Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was the first ever wine to be produced on the Taylor family winery and went on to win a gold medal … Continued

January 30, 2015

Yalumba Proprietor Stands as New AFFW Chairman

Robert Hill-Smith, fifth generation descendant of Samuel Smith and proprietor of Australia’s oldest wine company, Yalumba, has been appointed as Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) new Chairman, taking over from Mitchell Taylor, Managing Director and third generation Winemaker at Taylors Wines. AFFW represents 12 of Australia’s leading and oldest Australian families, who since 2009 … Continued

January 30, 2015

US Wine Market Anticipates Year of Strong Growth

Rob McMillan, Exec. Vice President & Founder at Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division, has released his report on the State of the Wine Industry 2015. The report provides insight into predictions for the US wine market in 2015 – the largest wine market and one of the most influential – wider global trends and how … Continued

January 30, 2015

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

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