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Advance Australia Fair: oh the irony!

As well as marking the middle of Winter, July is the month when the Australian government demonstrates, with cold hard cash, that it understands the challenges faced by small wineries in Australia and New Zealand(by virtue of CER) and does something about it. For us, that something is a $15,000 cheque representing a full rebate […]

Excise = state sanctioned theft

Well, the government confirmed the addition of another 3c a litre to its multi-million-dollar program of stealing money from wineries and rural communities aka Excise. To put that in perspective, we are a very small winery and in our 20-odd years of operation we have now paid over a million dollars in excise! If we […]

We’re all in this together ….. yeah right

My alternative title for this blog was something along the lines of “why promoting domestic consumption of New Zealand wine will be vital for price recovery and why industry politics will ensure it doesn’t happen” ………. very catchy (not) and hence the Tui rip-off. The big unanswered question for the wine industry is whether domestic […]

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