Global markets drinks yearbook | 21 for Australian producers included EU recognition of an additional 16 Australian winemaking techniques, simplifi ed labelling requirements for Australian wine in EU markets, and protection within Europe for Australia’s 112 registered geographical indicators. In turn, Australian producers had to stop using a number of “traditional expressions” in describing their wine. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers’ Australia released a new Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct that established a common wine grape supply contract framework and a nonlegal dispute resolution system to manage disagreements over price or quality assessments. In January after signifi cant consumer research, apera and topaque were announced as the new names for the fortifi ed wine styles Australians used to call sherry and tokay respectively. In January it was announced by the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation that Australian wine exports suffered their biggest ever annual slump in exports over 2008, with wine exports dropping 18 per cent to $2.47 billion. In its December export approval report, it was revealed that the value of wine exports to the UK fell by 18.2 per cent and and US exports fell by 26.5 per cent. The wine glut and the prolonged draught of recent years had significantly made an impact. Accolades Tyrrell’s Wines red winemaker Mark Richardson was awarded Winemaker of the Year by Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh in their 2009/10 edition of the Big Red Wine Book.
drinks yearbook 2009
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