A $1O MILLION SCAM DOWN UNDER
From floods to fires to a glut of grapes in a down economy, Australia has seen its share of bad times these last few years. Now a number of wineries have found themselves the victim of a colossal con job: a bottled wine scam that has soared past the $1O million mark. Leading Australian wineries are among dozens of suppliers stung in a monstrous scam, with police uncovering a “mother load” of fraudulently-obtained wine. After [...] Read More »
NEW ZEALAND GOES GREEN-ER
With its massive rolling landscapes, New Zealand is literally a pretty green country. Soon it will be green figuratively as well. Twenty percent of the vineyards in New Zealand will be farmed organically or biodynamically by 2O2O, according to a new target set by Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ). The area of the country’s vineyards under organic certification has tripled over the past three years, but so far only 15OO hectares of vines in 115 [...] Read More »
HOW ABOUT A NICE 6OOO-YEAR-OLD RED?
This takes aged wine to a whole new level. An international research team announced in January that scientists have discovered the world’s oldest known winery, hidden amid dozens of prehistoric graves in a cavern in Armenia. Outside a mountain village still known for its wine-making, archaeologists unearthed a large vat set in a platform for treading grapes, along with the well-preserved remains of crushed grapes, seeds and vine leaves, dating to about 61OO years ago [...] Read More »
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