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t was a cold and snowy Düsseldorf that
greeted the Australian and New Zealand
wine industry at ProWein 2018. But the
weather didn’t seem to affect the business
meetings and buying transactions with a record
number of exhibitors on the Wine Australia
and New Zealand Winegrowers stands.
Overall the show attracted more than 60,000
trade visitors and over 6,870 exhibitors from
64 countries, with numbers up from 6,615
exhibitors from 62 countries in 2017.
More than 75 Australian wineries with over
500 individual products were present at the
exhibition. The NZ Winegrowers stand at
ProWein grew by 40 per cent in 2018 with over
70 wineries on display at the exhibition.
NEW WINES HEADING TO
Farnese Vini, the largest winery on the south
coast of Italy, confirmed that new products will
be coming to Australia through Joe Molinari at
Combined Wines & Foods.
Fantini by Farnese president Valentino Sciotti
said the 30 year-old winery draws on the passion
of its 20 young winemakers from around the
world to deliver wines such as the Fantini Edizione
Cinque Autoctoni recognised as Wine of the Year
by Italian sommeliers.
“In Australia, selling Italian wine does not
have to be about price. We know that high
quality Italian wines are enjoyed by Australian
consumers and we look forward to bringing
these wines to Australian retailers,” Sciotti said.
Following a sharp rise in sales of the Now
biodynamic and preservative-free red wine,
Brian Lamb from Paxton Wines said he has
seen increasing acceptance from buyers across
a broad range of counties from Scandinavia
through to the Wholefoods chain in North
America. As a result, a white version of Now
will be launched in July this year featuring 100
per cent Chardonnay. McLaren Vale based
Paxton has also changed the way its wines are
fined, so they can now claim that the wines are
vegan friendly providing further access to a
growing segment of the market.
Gemtree Wines released one of the most
extraordinary wines at ProWein. Subterra
features 100 per cent handpicked Shiraz grapes
from the biodynamic McLaren Vale vineyard
stored in a one-year-old barrel and allowed to go
through malolactic fermentation and buried two
metres underground for eight months. The result
was a vintage that delivered just 240 bottles of
a completely natural wine that benefited from
a constant soil temperature of 12-14 degrees.
Winemaker and owner Mike Brown claims it is
about as pure as a wine can get.
Natural wine producer, Alpha Box + Dice,
continues to improve its wines as it experiments
with the level of sulphur that is required to be
added to ensure that it is still classified as natural
and also ensures the wine remains commercially
acceptable and delivers sufficient bottle age for
storage and transportation purposes. Alpha
Box + Dice Co-owner Justin Fairweather said
they use 20 parts per million of sulphur which
is more than three times less than the accepted
natural wine standard and continues to employ
minimal intervention practices including organic
or biodynamic fruit where possible.
McGuigan Wines Chief Winemaker
and CEO, Neil McGuigan, was less than
complementary when it came to talking about
natural wine as a category. He described
natural or orange wine as a “grape-based
alcoholic beverage” that is “not really wine”.
After 18 months of planning, Ferngrove
released its new Independence range, which was
designed to show the East Coast winemaking
fraternity their ability to produce unique wine
styles such as Shiraz Pinot and Chardonnay
Marsanne. The Independence label has two
distinct uses – it is a polite reminder that Western
Australia sought to become an independent
state in 1933 with a failed referendum and it
also provides an export opportunity into the US
market once again for Ferngrove with the wine
launching on the auspiciously timed 4th of July.
Johnathan O’Neill from Angoves described
ProWein as one of the better shows over the
last five years with more buyers visiting their
stand unexpectedly than in previous years.
O’Neill believes a wine shortage around the
world is leading to opportunities for countries
such as Australia. Angoves is maintaining its
focus on organic wines that is becoming more
mainstream in Europe. Exports of organic
wines have increased from five per cent five
years ago to now representing 20 per cent with
some countries such as the Netherlands and
Scandinavia now only buying organic wines.
Château Tanunda emphasised the old vine
character of their wines with 50-year, 100-year
and 150-year vine age expressions. Michelle
and John Geber were showcasing these wines to
buyers at ProWein with the 150 year-old Field
Blend of Grenache, Malbec and Mourvèdre priced
at $500 a bottle. The 50 year-old expressions
are priced at $80 per bottle and the 100 year-old
expressions are priced at $150 per bottle.
Robert Oatley Wines said it had received
strong acceptance in North America and
increasingly Australia for its 30-litre disposable
kegged wine now available in five varietals –
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Four In Hand Barossa
Shiraz, Robert Oatley Chardonnay from the
Margaret River, Wild Oats Pinot Grigio and Josef
A RECORD BREAKING
JAMES WELLS HEADED TO DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY TO CHAT WITH THE AUSTRALIAN
AND NEW ZEALAND REPRESENTATIVES AT PROWEIN 2018.
Jeff McWilliam from McWilliam’s
Wines with Steve Gerrard
from Hallgarten. Andrew Blythe from Ferngrove Wines.
Brian Lamb from
Paxton Biodynamic Wines.
Mike Brown from Gemtree Wines.
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