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China is handling customs processes as normal for imports of Australian wines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, after Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, said it faced delays getting some products into the country.

Bruce Tyrrell’s family has been planting vines in the Hunter Valley since 1879, taking advantage of the region’s humid summer climate and high cloud cover to produce the kind of gloriously rich wine that is celebrated from New York to Tokyo and today increasingly Beijing.

Over the past 15 years, global consumption of the pink drink has increased by a staggering 31 percent and the number of countries importing the wine has grown by 16 percent. Photo: AFP

Wine drinkers for whom a glass of French rosé is inextricably linked with summertime fun could be left thirsty this summer as stocks of the popular tipple run low, some French media outlets have claimed. But is the rosé tap really going to run dry?

Barossa Visitor Centre will be upgraded with funds obtained from a Federal Government grant.

The Barossa wine sector has been given a boost by the Federal Government after receiving more than $300,000 in funding to help promote the region’s product.

From January to March, China imported 200.57 million litres of wines worth about US$792 million.

China’s wine imports soared in both volume and value in the first quarter of the year, with Australia closing in on France as the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement took even greater effect following another tariff cut at the beginning of this year.

Splash sources wines from all over the world for its members and only carries a maximum of 200 wines at a time to keep its offering fresh and relevant.

Splash, an American direct-to-consumer online wine retailer, is hoping to make waves in the UK via London-based crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.

As reported by ProactiveInvestors.co.uk, the family-run company, which has over 60,000 customers in the US, is seeking to raise £1.5 million in equity through Crowdcube to fund its expansion into the UK.