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The Losh Cause

Chris Losh | 27 Jan 2009

The best laid plans, as they say, can go awry. However, for Chris Losh, the Australian wine industry’s Direction to 2025 plan has not only been overtaken by events in the country’s main markets but was overly optimistic and ill-conceived to begin with.

The Losh Cause – More woe ahead for Australia

Chris Losh | 2 Jan 2007

Given that drought and frost have all but eliminated Australia’s wine glut, it is tempting to regard this natural intervention as good news for the wine industry but, writes Chris Losh, in reality the adverse weather conditions have created greater problems at both ends of the price spectrum.

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Australian wine exports lose more value in 2010 editorial team | 13 Jan 2011

Exports of Australian wine continued to lose value in 2010, but the stricken industry regained some momentum in the second half of the year, official figures show.

South Australia gets new wine region editorial team | 23 Dec 2010

The Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (AWBC) has officially handed Mt Gambier geographic indication status.

Australian Wine & Brandy Corp loses marketing head editorial team | 14 Oct 2010

The Australian Wine & Brandy Corp has announced the resignation of its long-serving general manager for market development, Paul Henry.

Wine Australia regional director steps down editorial team | 8 Sep 2010

Lisa McGovern, the UK, Ireland and European Union director for Australia's wine trade body, has resigned.

Australia puts Champagne on ice for EU deal editorial team | 1 Sep 2010

Australian winemakers can no longer use well-known names like Champagne, Prosecco, Port or Sherry on wines to be sold either at home or in the European Union, under a new deal that comes into force this week.

EU rejects Australia's Prosecco appeal

Chris Mercer | 20 Jul 2010

Australia has failed to overturn a ban on its wineries using the term 'Prosecco' for wines on sale in the EU.

Cheap bulk wine drains Australia's value editorial team | 13 Jul 2010

Surplus Australian wine sold off for less than AUD1 (US$0.88) per litre has damaged the value of Australian wine exports over the past year.

Australian wine industry must shrink editorial team | 11 Nov 2009

Australia has a wine surplus of 100m cases and the country's wine industry is facing its toughest period for two decades, according to a stark new report by leading industry bodies.

Fresh calls to cull Australian wine industry

Chris Mercer | 28 Aug 2009

Poor results for Australia's two biggest domestic wine firms have this week brought fresh calls for a cull of Australian vineyards.

New chairman for Australian Wine & Brandy Corp editorial team | 23 Jun 2009

Australia's Government has its sights fixed on growing wine markets in Asia with the appointment of James Dominguez as the new chairman of the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (AWBC).

Asian buyers eyeing Foster's wine assets

Chris Mercer | 19 Jun 2009

Asia-based investors have dominated international interest in the sale of Foster's Australian wine assets, but prices are under pressure.

Vintage estimated to fall 11% editorial team | 27 Feb 2009

The 2009 Australian vintage is estimated to fall 11% on last year to 1.63 million tonnes. The harvest is just under half way through.

UK: Australia Day wine push planned editorial team | 20 Jan 2009

Australian winemakers will be flying to the UK next week to boost the industry's image in specialy ‘Australia Day 2009’ events.

Australian wine exports turn sour in 2008

Chris Mercer | 9 Jan 2009

Australian wine exports fell in value for the first time in 15 years in 2008, official figures show, underlining the challenge facing the industry.

Calls to cut Australian wine industry editorial team | 10 Dec 2008

Calls to slim down Australia's wine industry are growing louder as the country again faces a glut on the market.

Wine Australia begins hunt for export directors editorial team | 13 Oct 2008

The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) is looking to make two new appointments to help boost the profile of Australia's wines abroad.

US key for Australian wine - research editorial team | 18 Aug 2008

Australia's wineries should secure their long-term future by targeting a gap in the US market for higher priced wines, a report has suggested.

Australian wine exports slump editorial team | 11 Aug 2008

Exports of Australian wine fell in both volume and value for the year up to July, the country's national wine body has said.

Australian Wine and Brandy Corp board revamped editorial team | 3 Jun 2008

The new Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) board has been appointed, the Minister for Agriculture has announced.

Wine Australia launches virtual tasting website editorial team | 13 May 2008

Wine Australia has launched a website to challenge consumers to “show off their knowledge” of wine.

Australian wine export value beats volume in '07 editorial team | 8 Jan 2008

The rise in value of Australia’s wine exports outstripped volume last year, according to recent figures.

AWBC head confirms resignation plans editorial team | 21 Dec 2007

The head of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation has called time on his tenure.

Oz wine exports up more in value than volume editorial team | 10 Dec 2007

Exports of Australian wine in the last 12 months have registered a greater rise in value terms rather than volume terms, according to recent figures.

Australian wine exports enjoying record year editorial team | 8 Oct 2007

Wine exports from Australia have set a record for the year to the end of September, according to recent figures.

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