Australian winegrape prices increase, Wine Australia Vintage Report 2016
July 27, 2016

Wine Australia has reported an increase in the average purchase price of winegrapes in its Vintage Report 2016 released this week. According to the report, across the past 12 months, there was also a six per cent increase in the total amount of grapes crushed for making wine, resulting in an estimated 1.81 million tonnes of grapes. The average price paid for wine grapes grew by 14 per cent to AUD $526 per tonne across Australia, the highest average price since 2009. Chief Executive Officer of Wine... ...Read more »

Yalumba Wines push into Chinese market
July 25, 2016

Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba, is expanding its push into China. The South Australia based Yalumba has been producing wine since 1849, but is now taking on the Chinese market. It has recently formed a partnership with leading Chinese distributor, ASC Fine Wines and it will be the first wine company to showcase at the world’s second largest beer festival, the Qingdao Beer Festival to be held in China in August 2016. “China is important for the entire Australian wine industry,”... ...Read more »

Treasury Wine Estates to sell US non-core commercial portfolio
July 6, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) will be selling its US non-core commercial brand portfolio. The portfolio consists of twelve brands which have not been revealed. There is no known purchaser/s at this stage but TWE says the brands will be sold for book value. The sale will include approximately one million cases of the non-core commercial wine. “Over the past two years, TWE has been taking deliberate action to manage-down this portfolio of brands,” TWE said in a statement to the Australian Securities... ...Read more »

American markets absorb love for Aussie wine: Wine Australia report
April 20, 2016

The United States is still the number one export destination for Australian wine says a new report by Wine Australia. Measuring Australia’s top export markets by value, the US remains on top with exports to the country worth a total AUD $442 million between April 2015 – March 2016. This was a 4 per cent increase on the previous corresponding 12 months. China continues to grow as a valuable wine export market for Australia, it overtook the UK as the second most valuable wine export market... ...Read more »

Australians’ drinking habits distilled into 100 glasses: Roy Morgan Research
April 6, 2016

In any given four-week period across 2015 Australian adults drank just over 426 million glasses of alcohol between them says a new study from Roy Morgan Research. This translates to an average of 23 glasses per person every four weeks. For every 100 glasses of alcohol consumed by Australians in the average four week periods, 48 were beer, 25 still wine, 11 spirits, six ‘ready-to-drink’, four sparkling wine or champagne, three cider, two liqueur and one fortified wine. The 100-glass breakdown:... ...Read more »

Casella does Europe on its own, for Australia’s global wine best-known
March 15, 2016

The family business behind one of Australia’s top selling exported wine brands, Yellow Tail, is establishing UK branch to market its wine across Europe. Casella Family Brands is a wine company based at Yenda in the NSW Riverina. It had been using Percy Fox & Co as its UK distributor of its popular Yellow Tail wine. However, Casella will take over its own distribution from 1 May 2016. Casella says it has a two-part expansion plan with Phase One focusing on ensuring it can sell Yellow Tail wine... ...Read more »

Australian wine no laughing matter for famous Chinese comedian big-time investor
March 9, 2016

A Chinese comedian has made the largest private label wine exporting deal in Australian history agreeing to export 800, 000 bottles of Victorian shiraz into his home country.   Comedian Guo Degang is popular celebrity in China and is amongst the country’s top 100 richest celebrities.   Degang’s influence will now expand outside comedy after striking a deal with Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong, Victoria. The deal will start with the export of 800, 0000 bottles but should expand to a AUD$100... ...Read more »

Aldi closes online liquor store
March 2, 2016

Aldi will be closing its online liquor shop for Australian shoppers citing that it wants to concentrate on its store expansion plans instead.   Aldi’s Australian online liquor website, named Aldi Liquor, was launched in August 2013. The supermarket chain however said the website will be shut down on 24 March 2016.   “With extensive expansion plans now well underway, we have made the decision to close our online liquor store as of 4pm Thursday 24 March 2016,” an Aldi spokesperson said.   “The... ...Read more »

Women drinkers are making sure wine is Australia’s favourite alcoholic drink
March 2, 2016

More Australians are drinking wine then beer and it is because of women’s taste for wine says the latest data from Roy Morgan Research.   According to the study, 45.1 per cent of adult Australians drank wine at least once a month in 2015. Only 37.6 per cent drank beer monthly, making wine the nation’s favourite alcoholic beverage.   Roy Morgan Research says wine’s top spot position is attributed to 4.6 million Australian women 18+, or 49 per cent of the adult female population, drinking... ...Read more »

New national radio food, wine and produce program to launch
October 28, 2015

A new food, wine and produce themed radio program is preparing to launch Australia-wide on the Macquarie Radio Network.   Named ‘What’s Cooking’, the weekly one-hour show will center around interviews with producers, winemakers and chefs.   Different from many other food-related programs, the Macquarie Network says the show will make time to focus on food producers and farmers, so listeners can get a better understanding of the whole industry.   The program will be hosted... ...Read more »

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