Chinese Wine Drinkers - Unlikely to Solve Australia's Export Woes

Observers of the heady growth in Australian exports to China from 2016 to the end of the decade ignored a downward trend in Chinese wine consumption that began in 2018. OIV statistics reveal that this trend has continued during the Covid pandemic.

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Interview: Denys Hornabrook of VINEX on the Australian Wine Crisis

Denys Hornabrook launched VINEX as a global B2B trading platform for bulk wine in 2015. Four years later, bottled wines were added to the mix. While the business is international in its focus, Hornabrook's own experience in Australia where he was educated and worked for BRL Hardy and Kingston Estate, gives him unique insight into the current plight of that nation's wine industry in the wake of Chinese sanctions.

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Penfolds Moves Deeper Into Bordeaux

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE) confirms the majority acquisition of Château Lanessan in the Haut-Médoc. The move doubles the Penfolds brand's production capacity in France.

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Australia - Leaving Grapes on the Vine

In Australia, some wine producers are planning to leave red wine grapes on the vines in 2023.

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Third Small Harvest in California

According to the US Department of Agriculture's crop forecast, California is facing its third small crop in three years.

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Australia and New Zealand - Excess and Shortage

The two neighbouring former British colonies have been very successful in export markets, but their situation today is very different.

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Has China Slammed Door on Australian and New Zealand Imports?

Unconfirmed reports suggesting that Beijing has blocked the importation of all Australian and New Zealand goods are denied in both countries, while China remains silent.

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Penfolds goes French, following in some Illustrious Footsteps

Will Penfolds decision to launch super-premium French, Californian and French-Australian and California-Australia blends under its own label inspire others to follow its example? Robert Joseph reports. 

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Oceanic Differences: Harvests Vary in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand have released very different harvest reports. The focus of the oceanic 2022 vintage will be on white wine.

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