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Lack of price transparency in winegrape markets makes it difficult for growers to make informed decisions during the season. While winemakers are facing major issues such as China tariffs, COVID-19 and global shipping, growers are being hit with labour shortages, climate related challenges and downward pressure on winegrape pricing. In light of this uncertainty, it

The Australian Government has advised that Australia will impose further sanctions against Russia in response to Russia’s invasion on Ukraine. Australia will prohibit the supply, sale or transfer of certain luxury goods directly or indirectly to, for use in, or for the benefit of Russia. From 12:01am on 7 April 2022, the export of wine

The Australian wine sector has been asking for many years – what is the next big market after China, and could India be its replacement? The simple answer is no, at least not for some time and not without a lot of work to grow the market. India has always been a long-term prospect for

Australian Grape & Wine takes an evidence-based and balanced approach in its work relating to alcohol and health issues, focusing on targeted policy interventions to address harmful alcohol consumption. We were therefore disappointed by a recent Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) report into drinking during the Covid-19 pandemic, which sought to tie an

In September 2021, Ministers Tehan and Goyal formally re-launched the India-Australia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations( CECA)  and reaffirmed their commitment to conclude a CECA, including to reach an interim agreement by December 2021 to liberalise and deepen bilateral trade in goods and services, and to conclude the negotiations on a full CECA by the

Australia – EU Free Trade Agreement The 12th Round of negotiations were held virtually between 7-18 February.  The round saw progress made in a number of areas including government procurement, second round of market access offers and progression across a number of chapter texts. For wine relevant ongoing discussions include the treatment of the Wine

The Australian process for ratification of the Australia-UK FTA is now underway with the initiation of an inquiry into and report on the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  This is part of the normal ratification process of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and once completed

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022, Australian Grape & Wine’s Diversity Equality & Inclusion in Wine (DEIW) Committee commissioned a short video montage

Winegrape Market Matters

3 February 2022

With 2021 behind us, it would be nice to think we could go into 2022 with some optimism, but the new year comes with a new set of challenges. Closure of the China market, freight shortages and a record 2.1million tonne 2021 vintage have converged to create a concerning supply demand imbalance. Many wine producers

Energy Labelling on Wine

3 February 2022

A further challenge for the sector currently concerns energy labelling. In response to a request from food ministers, FSANZ has been exploring energy labelling of alcoholic beverages. In June 2021, FSANZ completed an evidence assessment, including a literature review on consumer value, understanding and behaviour relating to energy labelling of alcoholic beverages, which concluded that labelling is

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