Australian Wine News


How and where Australian wine sits in a global context. Analysis by Tony Keys.


Academia disgrace Treasury Wine Estates gamble

Wine Australia wobbles Dr Liz Waters, general manager, RD&E, Wine Australia (WA), replies to TKR’s questions concerning the paper, ‘I like the sound of that!’ Wine descriptions influence consumers’ expectations, liking, emotions and willingness to pay for Australian white wines. By Lukas Danner, Trent E Johnson, Renata Ristic, Herbert L ...
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Nick Holms, Academic rubbish, feeding fish, great Riesling

Nick Holmes 1947- 2017. Taken too soon Obituary by Richard Warland Nick Holmes, founder of McLaren Vale winery Shottesbrooke, passed away after an accident at his Port Noarlunga home on June 1st. Nick was in my class at Roseworthy (70-71) and suffered a very unfortunate series of events that no ...
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Aldi low prices rocks Australian & UK markets

Aldi rock Aldi continues to rock the Australian grocery sector, the latest supermarket survey carried out by consumer magazine Choice based on a basket of 33 items shows Aldi in front. The report says 71 per cent of Australians are worried about the cost of food and other grocery pricing ...
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Australia meets and beats the global challenge

Meeting the challenge Australian wines have risen to the challenge at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. Below is the list of trophy winners. Congratulations to all from TKR, though some categories are stretching a point: how many wines were eligible for the Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy? That ...
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Then 2008 now 2017 comparison Australian wine exports

Then and now Total Australian wine exports to the end of March 2017 amounted to $2.3 billion, a 10 per cent increase on the previous 12 months. The average price (bottled and bulk) also grew, by 4 per cent, to $2.98 a litre: the fourth successive year of growth. The ...
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Chinese move on Australian vintage, craft beer move on wine

Chinese say yes to a slice of the pie The Chinese have taken a slice of the Australian wine pie. Online retailer YesMyWine – via the newly established Vintage China Fund (VCF) – has acquired 46 million shares in Australian Vintage (AV) for a reported $16.5 million. This puts about ...
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Interview Sarah Marquis Mollydooker Wines

Good golly, Ms Molly It’s a big week for McLaren Vale-based Mollydooker Wines as Sparky Marquis bows out of the company and Sarah Marquis takes full control. Sarah and Sparky have parted ways. The personal reasons are theirs and theirs only, but the future of the brand is important. The ...
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Winemakers Federation of Australia lacking bottle

Whine on wine The latest wine industry whine is on the subject of plain packaging for alcohol products. It’s somewhat justifiable, but TKR’s patience has been stretched to the extreme, as this is an issue that has been on the boil and growing in importance for several years. The whining ...
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Books, covers wine labels Dan’s gibberish

Judges and books “Many people ‘don't judge a book by its cover’.” It’s a (part) well-known saying and in this case was used by Liz Lee in an article on ABC Rural by Isabella Pittaway. Ms Lee works for market research firm Wine Intelligence (WI) and was commenting on consumers’ ...
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Has CHAMP missed the boat with Accolade Wines?

Missed the boat? Has CHAMP Private Equity missed the boat in floating Accolade wines or selling it outright? It’s beginning to look as if it may have. The senior staff turnover continues, with the latest departure being Accolade CEO Michael East, who it’s said is taking early retirement. Media reports ...
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