WCA Update: 29 July
It’s been a week of awards, with some interesting overlaps. A few hours ago WCA inducted Brokenwood chief winemaker Iain Riggs as its 2016 NSW Legend of Vine, to the acclaim of all at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch (read the details here).
Earlier in the week Iain was on stage in Adelaide as one of those accepting the Maurice O’Shea Award on behalf of the Len Evans Tutorial – another very popular winner (read more here).
And just a few kilometres north, Barossa Valley restaurant fermentAsian celebrated winning Australia's Wine List of the Year award (more here). Sommelier Grant Dickson also received the Judy Hirst Award, which was presented by Rob Hirst, who was WCA’s Legend of the Vine for 2015! It’s a great industry with some great people.
Congratulations also to WCA's 2013 Wine Communicator of the Year, Andrea Frost, who has been shortlisted twice in the 2016 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards (for Online Communicator and International Wine Columnist). Entries for our 2016 Awards open very soon!
Other WCA news
There's still time (just) to sign up for our free webinar on Tuesday 2 August. Wine Australia will provide a detailed Export Market Update, looking at results and trends in both established and emerging markets. Register here.
And you can book now for the Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch on Friday 30 September. Details here.
The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide was considered a great success, with many noting a more upbeat mood around the industry. WFA and WGGA launched the 2016 Vintage Report, which showed a 6% increase in the national crush and a 14% increase in the average price paid for wine grapes. You can read a summary here and the full report here.
Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Rushton says reforming the WET is one of her priroities for the new parliament. There’s a long article in Farm Weekly here.
Casella continues to make headlines by making purchases. Not content with saving Morris of Rutherglen by adding it to its expanding portfolio, it has reportedly also bought $12.4 million worth of premium vineyards in McLaren Vale.
On a slightly smaller scale, grapes grown on the vines outside Adelaide’s National Wine Centre have been turned into wine (1200 bottles of rose and dry white) in a joint project also involving the adjacent Botanic Gardens, the University of Adelaide, Jacob’s Creek and the AWRI. It will be launched on 14 September and available from the NWC and the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.
Uber is trialling an "on demand wine tour" in the Adelaide Hills, with a view to expanding into other SA wine regions.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards expand to six categories this year, with the addition of Researcher of the Year and Cellar Door Operator of the Year. Entries open tomorrow. Details here.
Entries also open for the 11th Australian Sweet Wine Challenge (Website) and the Australian Inland Wine Show & National Moscato Challenge (Website).
De Bortoli aims to be Australia's first zero-waste winery (The Guardian)
The Wine Society prepares for sale to McWilliam's and Fogarty Wine Group (The Shout)
Life as a Head Sommelier: Emmanuel Cadieu (Drinks Bulletin)
Please try more sweet wines (Jancis Robinson)
Great Southern winery chooses workhorses over tractors (ABC)
Fine wines of NZ revealed (Voxy, NZ)
Why you can rely on wine show awards (Nelson Mail, NZ)