Does the WET Rebate have a Future?

WET Overview The Wine Equalisation Tax or WET was first introduced in 2000 around the same time as that other momentous tax change, the GST. It applies to wine, grape wine products and alcoholic drinksmade from other fruit wines.As you are all aware, WET is a self assessing tax and is payable by the wholesaler…

Revealing the Depths of a Winemaker’s Subconscious.

My passion for wine as a hobby reached its peak at the time of my wedding (a fitting moment for passion to peak) when my wife said to me, “You talk about wine so much, why don’t you go do it?” Up to this point I had immersed myself in every wine-related activity possible—short of…

Young Sommeliers Compete

On Monday May 26 the national winner of Australia’s Young Sommeliers’ Competition will be announced at a presentation event at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel in front of a small but elite gathering of wine and food professionals. The winner will compete in the international competition in Copenhagen later this year.  The competition is run by La…

Does Money Matter?

Looking for a Solution? In 2003, Peter McAtamney founded Wine Business Solutions. Peter holds and has held board and advisory board positions with Australian, New Zealand, South African and Spanish companies. With 27 years experience in the business, Peter’s passion is helping wine business owners to build a better business. Money Matters  

Malbec Making Noise

Australia joins Argentinean celebrations of Malbec World Day around the Globe The Grace Hotel in Sydney was a perfect location for the Malbec Master Class hosted by leading wine journalist and judge Huon Hooke. Attended by 30 members of Sydney’s elite trade including sommeliers and importers, the session was opened by His Excellency Ambassador Pedro…

Something New in the Southern Highlands

Two hours from Sydney in the beautiful village of Moss Vale you are invited to try a traditional Southern Italian family-style lunch to be served in the farm house and paired to local and imported Italian wines. Your hosts are Cindy and Pasquale Bowman the owners of Tre Porcellini a 200 acre farm which is…

Crazy Love is in the Blood

Everybody knows that in order to produce a great Pinot Noir you need a cool climate. This year was no different. In winemaking circles it is a well known fact that in order to produce an even better Pinot Noir it needs a bit of love. Not love in the traditional “I love you darling”…

Longview’s Radical View towards Label Design

The Piece Shiraz is a killer combination of original, limited-edition street art, rare premium Shiraz and radical design. Born from Longview Vineyard’s “Piece Project” event in January 2011 and continuing annually, Longview invites 4 street artists to compete for their art to become the label of this premium single-vineyard Shiraz. They have 5 hours to…

Benchmark for Fortified Wines

Geoffrey Reed of Reed Communications entered his design for the Morris Wines Moscato hoping to pick up a trophy in the Label Design Competition. Morris Wines, established in Rutherglen in1859, is the continuing story of five generations of family winemakers. The Morris Cellar Door is a true icon of Australian design, capturing the essence of…

BOUTIQUE WINE AWARDS – Applications Today

20 years ago this week, Huon Hooke agreed to take the role of Chairman of the newly established Boutique Wine Awards. Hooke invited Gary Baldwin and Peter Bourne to assist him with the judging which took place in a small function room at the Renaissance Hotel, Pitt Street Sydney (now the Marriot). Chain of Ponds…