Treasury Confirms Sale of Californian Winery

Treasury Wine Estates Limited (TWE) has announced overnight that it has sold the Asti Winery to E.&J. Gallo Winery in California. The sale also includes the Souverain wine brand and inventory, as well as co-located vineyard assets. TWE will further enter into a long-term leaseback of part of the vineyard that has traditionally provided TWE … Continued

July 22, 2015

Call For Project Applications to Develop Australian Grape and Wine Community

  Wine Australia is inviting research, development and extension (RD&E) project applications throughout five key areas as identified in its recently released five-year Strategic Plan. Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark says the five research areas will help achieve Wine Australia’s goal of a prosperous Australian grape and wine community. “These five research areas directly support … Continued

July 21, 2015

Accolade’s Newly Established Distinction Wines Outlines Key Contacts for Venues

  Distinction Wines, Accolade Wines’ newly established on-premise distribution business, will nationally represent some of Australia, New Zealand and Italy’s premier fine wine brands from July. Brands include South Australian icons Hardys and Grant Burge Wines, Tasmania’s House of Arras and Bay of Fires, along with Leasingham from the Clare Valley and seminal Western Australian … Continued

July 20, 2015

Wine Australia Appoints US Market Entry Program Manager

  In an effort to expand the prominence of Australian wine internationally, Wine Australia has named Ben von Doussa to the newly created role of Market Entry Program Manager for the North American market. Stuart Barclay, General Manager of Market Development, says the new role demonstrates Wine Australia’s long-term commitment to the critical North American … Continued

July 20, 2015

Sommeliers in Australia and Asia Pacific Pave the Way for Better Education

  Over the last two weeks, sommeliers from Australia and Asia Pacific have been hard at work sitting their examinations for the Introductory, Certified and Advanced, Court of Master Sommeliers certifications. Held only once a year in each of the countries involved in the programme, this year’s participation in Australia was the largest yet, with … Continued

July 17, 2015

Wine Communicator Awards Open for Entries

Entries are now open to the Wine Communicators of Australia’s (WCA) hallmark annual Wine Communicator Awards, which for the first time will include a category for Best Wine Educator. On the new accolade, WCA Chairman, Angus Barnes said the time was right to acknowledge the key role good wine education played in promoting and stimulating … Continued

July 13, 2015

Success for Chardonnay and Shiraz at 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show Awards

Australian producers of chardonnay and shiraz were extremely pleased during the announcement of the 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show Awards on Friday, 3 July. Topping a total 2,186 entries, the two varietals, received the show’s most prestigious accolades, including the Courier-Mail Grand Champion Wine of Show and the historic Stodart Trophy. First Creek Wines Winemaker’s … Continued

July 6, 2015

Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé 2004

Laurent-Perrier’s Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé 2004 is now available to retail nationally. This is the first time the vintage Cuvée Rosé – one of the House’s most prestigious Champagnes – has been available in Australia, and while the market for rosé Champagnes is relatively small here, the brand is hoping the new release will help … Continued

July 6, 2015