owner of the Kangarilla-based Yangarra Estate winery, bought the Clarendon Vineyard in South Australia’s prized McLaren Vale region for close to $10 million. A few months earlier, Casella Wines snapped up two Langhorne Creek properties, spanning 360 hectares, for $6.2 million after the only listed landowner in the sector, Cheviot Kirribilly Vineyard Property Group, was forced into liquidation. Nepenthe got some love from Aussie icon Glenn McGrath as he visited the Nepenthe cellar door in the Adelaide Hills. He even signed a cricket bat saying “the best wine in the world” – obviously sending Nepenthe staff to the moon. ‘It’s the end of the world, baby!’ was the title of last year’s Campari Calendar, taking inspiration from the prediction that, according to the ancient Mayan culture, the world was going to end on 21 December 2012. Campari took a positive 16 | drinks yearbook look at intriguing theories, and presented them visually in a series of powerful, awe inspiring photos starring Hollywood actress and supermodel, Milla Jovovich. The various scenarios ranged from desertification and hurricanes to alien invasions and meteorites. International photographer Dimitri Daniloff, shot the calendar for its 13th edition. Boutique coffee company, Di Bella Coffee went to the competition watchdog over what it said was an aggressive incentive campaign by coffee giant Vittoria. Complaining to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Brisbane-based Di Bella said Vittoria was offering its customers huge incentives, including up to a year of free coffee, to switch suppliers. A Chinese backer made a $10 million investment in winemaker Ferngrove and now accounts for about 60 per cent of Ferngrove’s sales. This came after accruing 20 per cent of Ferngrove in March 2011. Diversified manufacturing and food company Pegasus, owned by Chinese businessman Xingfa Man, now owns 72.5 per cent of Ferngrove. Industry sources said Ferngrove’s revived fortunes under its new ownership model may prompt other local players to recruit Chinese backers in the future. In the first quarter of Pernod Ricard’s fiscal year, to the end of September, Premium Wine Brands’s four core brands saw sales rise by 3% in volume and 8% in value. In addition to Brancott Estate and Jacob’s Creek, those brands are Campo Viejo and Graffigna. Premium Wine Brands accounts for 5% of Pernod’s annual sales.
drinks yearbook 2012
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