WCA Update: 24 June
The tax experts from Finlaysons Lawyers gave a very comprehensive webinar presentation on where things are at with the WET and the WET rebate on Tuesday. Those who registered have received an email with access to the recording and slide deck. All WCA members can access this and other 2016 webinars on our website here. You'll need your user name and password.
Our next webinar on Tuesday 19 July will be a panel discussion on what's happening at cellar doors around the country. More details and registration next week.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers will close the historic Morris of Rutherglen winery and vineyard by the end of the year, with the cellar door to follow in January. While this ABC report suggests it will keep the brand, it is apparently open to offers. The report includes a Landline feature on Morris run just last month.
The WET was front of mind again this week. According to the ABC, a national survey of small and medium winemakers has found widespread pessimism about proposed changes. More here.
Courtesy of Wine Australia, you can read the latest Ciatti World Pricing Report here. And if you’re seriously into climate change issues, the Journal of Wine Economics has a long article with field reports from winemakers in various countries (Brian Croser among them).
Wine Searcher has been looking at vintage in the southern hemisphere. Part 1 (Australia and NZ). Part 2 (Chile, Argentina and South Africa).
Events and milestones
Three wineries (919 Wines, Mallee Estate and Whistling Kite) are among the inaugural holders of a new Riverland Trust Mark launched in the region this week. Website
The 12 finalists for the 2016 Young Guns of Wine Awards will be strutting their stuff in Sydney tomorrow (Saturday) and Melbourne next Thursday. Details here.
The AWRI today named the dux from each its last three Advanced Wine Assessment Courses. They were Oakridge Wines winemaker Tim Perrin, Sons of Eden assistant winemaker Tim Bourne and Penfolds winemaker Stephanie Dutton. All will be offered places as associate judges at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show in September.
TAFE SA has announced a scholarship for women in the wine industry wanting to complete a WSET qualification. AWBM has the details here. Entries close next Friday.
Entries also are open for the 2016 Daniel Pontifex Scholarship, supported by Wine Australia, which offers a rising star of the hospitality industry professional placements in some of London’s finest restaurants plus the opportunity to visit a number of wine regions. Details
The following bits and pieces caught our attention.
Virtual vintners have legs in China, toppling traditional importers (Reuters)
Down-to-earth advice from a British master of wine (Financial Review)
Marlborough wine industry entering 'end game' as competition for vineyard land heats up (Southland Times, NZ)
Has Pinot Noir peaked? (Wine Spectator)
Spanish firm launches ‘blue wine’ in UK (Decanter)
5 of the best wine experiences in South Australia (Luxuria Lifestyle, UK)