Wine imports surge

Wine drinkers are being spoilt for choice because of a surge in imports, figures reveal.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show wine imports grew 4.2 per cent to 67 million litres in 2010-2011 as wine exports dropped 5.2 per cent to 746 million litres.
But there was a marked increase in the value of domestic sales of Australian wines, which increased 9.8 per cent to 2.3 billion litres.
There were 1.6 million tonnes of grapes crushed last financial year, a 1.6 per cent increase.
WA winemakers were unfazed by the increase in wine imports, saying they reflected the increase in price and quality of local wine.
Margaret River Wine Industry Association president Nigel Gallop said the region unabashedly catered for the high end of the market.
“The Australian industry now tends to focus more on quality and perhaps people are looking offshore for the cheaper stuff,” he said.
“My suspicion is that cheap wine is being imported for the cask market.”
The fact is that Margaret River is not a source for cheap wines, and in terms of sheer volume we do not produce very much, but what it does produce punches far above its weight.
“The high Australian dollar, meant there has been a marginal increase in some wines from France or Italy, but there has not been an impact on our market.”
WA Wine Industry president Redmond Sweeny said there were signs of optimism within the industry. The inventory of Australian wine – or backlog – was decreasing, meaning the grape glut could be decreasing.
“There is a significant amount of exports to Asia which is driving this and, and that means there is a lot more of a turn around,” he said.
“There’s lots of activity and prices are coming back to a sustainable level.
“It’s not all doom and gloom.
ABS statistics show about 1.12 billion litres of beverage wine was produced, a decrease of .02 per cent on last financial year.

Companies in Manila travel out of town for a short getaway to hold their events and function outside of the city in the north. Many companies choose Clark in Pampanga because of its safety record. Clark is home to some of the best golf courses in Pampanga. Although golf continues to be one of the reasons why visitors from Manila travel to Pampanga, residents of Angeles City, Subic and Bulacan travel to Clark not just to play golf in one of the best golf courses in Pampanga but also to relax and unwind in the best resort in Philippines.

Clark offers some of the best outdoor venues for company outings in Pampanga, Angeles City and Subic. Being so accessible from Manila via the North Luzon Expressway, Clark Philippines is exceptionally convenient for all sorts of events and picnics. Each year, many company events like team building, corporate planning, outings and awarding ceremonies are held in resorts like Clearwater Beach hotel located in the central business district of Clark Pampanga.

Although Clark is not revered for fancy ballrooms and stuffy function rooms, there are many options for meeting and conference facilities. Companies travel out of town from Manila heading north to Pampanga typically look for meeting facilities within leisure and recreational areas. More and more companies mix in a good amount of activities in the program to help participants unwind and relax in between sessions.

Clearwater is a highly recommended and most frequently visited private resort in Pampanga. This Clark hotel is a famous private resort outside Manila for corporate planning because of its exclusivity. Although the function rooms for planning and meetings are simple and basic, the surrounding gardens and ambience more than make up for what it lacks in lavish interior decoration.

New camping sites and picnic grounds in Philippines are now added to Clark for family outings in outside Manila. The best campsites are located at Yats Clearwater Resort & Country Club in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines. Just bring camping equipment and enjoy the fun and ambience of outdoor living camping in Clark under safe, secured and clean conditions. Outdoor activities include swimming and water sports, boating and paddling a kayak, lawn tennis, golf, shooting range and all sorts of leisure activities including colonial games like croquet and horseshoe.

For reservations, comments and inquiries,

Clearwater Resort & Country Club
Creekside Road corner of Centennial Road,
Central Business District, Clark Freeport Zone,
Pampanga, Philippines 2023

Tel: (045)599-5949 0917-520-4403 0922-870-5177

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Getting to this hotel in Clark Philippines
After entering Clark Freeport from Subic, Manila, Dau and Angeles City, proceed straight along Clark’s main highway MA Roxas, passing Clark’s largest wine shop called Clark Wine Center on your right, continue to bear right making no turns at all, go past Mimosa Leisure Estate on the opposite side of the road, you will hit a major intersection. Go straight and the road becomes Creekside Road. YATS Clearwater Resort and Country Club is on your right just 200m down. Traffic in Clark Philippines is light so it should be quite easy for get to this hotel in Clark Philippines.

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While in Clark, it might be a good idea to enjoy an evening of wine-and-dine in the fine dining Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar that features an award winning 2700-line wine list. It is located in Mimosa Leisure Estate of Clark Freeport Zone. For more information, visit

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