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Winning in the World’s Largest Wine Market

You are invited to read The Wine Paper 34 from Wine Business Solutions. This time they look at the world’s largest and fastest growing major wine market, the USA. The $20 plus segment is set to grow by around 15% this year alone. The paper looks at what’s selling, how to take advantage and what we…

Young Sommeliers Competition Opens!

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition 2015 The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers is pleased to continue its ongoing lead sponsorship of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition. This sponsorship is particularly pertinent, first given the success of the Australian representative at the international 2104 finals. Pier-Alexis Soulier, who won first…

Harveys – Tax News, Views and Clues

What happened to all of those Budget cutbacks? If you’re confused about what happened to all of those announced Budget cutbacks then you’re not alone.  Many of the Government’s initiatives are stalled in the Senate awaiting final negotiation.  Here’s a quick summary of where everything is up to: What’s changed?  2% debt tax on high…

6 Nations Challenge RESULTS with surprises.

What happens when you put six of the world’s most experienced wine judges into a high powered challenge to discover the best wines in 17 classes from 600 wines, all selected by them as the best wines their nations produce? And the trophies are – Malbec to Australia. Sauvignon Blanc to South Africa. Riesling to…

Wine & Food Tasting Not to be Missed

Every year the 600 entries from the Six Nations Wine Challenge judging are available for the trade and public to taste for themselves. This year the event returns to Doltone House in Pyrmont, Sydney where 400 people enjoyed the event last year. Not only are the wines there for the tasting but also there is…

Dan Berger Speaks about the 6 Nations Challenge

The New World and the Challenge in Australia                                                                Fine wine is typically thought of as a European invention. Though wine was made in biblical…

Need a Tax Expert?

  HARVEYS Chartered Accountants sponsor the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and are willing to give advice to not only our members but to anyone contacting them and referring to this post. William Somerville is the ‘go to’ man. William has many years experience in public practice and thrives on building successful client relationships and…

Six Nations Trophy Winners Masterclasses – November

Book now for November masterclasses Take a close look at eight of the 2014 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy wines as judged by the six      International wine judges. Huon Hooke selected this collection for the classroom-style master class as an opportunity for you to discover some New World gems and to learn about what made…

Boutique Wine Awards Results

The Presentation celebration for both the Boutique Wine Awards and also the Wine Industry Label Design Competition is being held this Friday in Sydney. The Presentation lunch is being held at Doltone House over looking the Sydney Harbour. Winemakers are traveling from as far away as Wairarapa New Zealand and Margaret River to receive their…

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…


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