Category: Australia

Take action to reduce phylloxera risk

Phylloxera is one of the most serious biosecurity risks for the Australian grape and wine community, with the potential to devastate vineyards and wreak economic devastation on rural communities.   Wine Australia and Vinehealth Australia are encouraging grapegrowers who are considering planting or replanting grapevines to use phylloxera-resistant rootstocks for at least a portion of […]

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Tassie wines shine at Young Gun awards

Tasmanian winemakers have sparkled at this year’s Young Gun of Wine awards, taking out two of the top prizes during a ceremony at Mona on Monday night. Married couple Gilli and Paul Lipscombe from Sailor Seeks Horse in the Huon Valley won the winemaker’s choice of the year for their pinot noir and chardonnay. Source, […]

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Margaret River winemaker Bob Cartwright retires

The man who could quite well be responsible for making WA’s first chardonnay is retiring from wine making after spending his entire life in the industry. Born and bred in the Barossa Valley, it is probably little surprise Bob Cartwright ended up in the wine industry, making his way to the Margaret River region 40 […]

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Altitude, UV intensity and wine quality

Altitude is why Queensland’s Granite Belt can be classified as cool despite a latitude that would normally have in rated as warm-hot. And why the vignerons of Orange adopted altitude as an essential part of their appellation process, with only grapes grown at 600 metres or higher being able to be labelled as coming from […]

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Support swells for WA wine sub-region

Developing Wilyabrup as a wine sub-region could lead to mapping the whole Margaret River wine appellation, triggering more distinct wine brands in line with Bordeaux’s famed Medoc and Margaux sub-regions. Source, The West Australian

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Tribunal rules in favour of Hunter wine tour operator

A travel agent jailed for hiring a supposed hit man to kill an ex-girlfriend’s new lover is now a fit and proper person to hold a Hunter Valley wine tour driver’s licence, a tribunal has ruled. Source, Newcastle Herald

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Huon Hooke: are single-vineyard wines trending because they’re better?

You would be right in thinking that this trend has taken flight – the words “single vineyard” and “individual vineyard” are now a common sight on wine labels. Some producers are using these words because they believe there to be a marketing advantage. Source, Sydney Morning Herald

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William Rikard-Bell: ‘top winemaker’

William Rikard-Bell has reason to be cheery. The West Wyalong-raised son of a doctor and pharmacist has been named as one of the Top 50 Young Guns of Wine, though he’s quick to jest and offer a sobering take on the honour. Source, Newcastle Herald

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160 years of Tyrell’s winemaking history

Currently helmed by the family’s fourth and fifth generations in the form of Bruce and Chris Tyrrell respectively, their ‘wine empire’ now boasts vineyards stretching from their original plantings all the way to Heathcote. Source, Newcastle Star

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2018 best new winery of the year: Dappled Wines

One privilege of tasting, researching and writing about the 6000 or so wines selected for this year’s Wine Companion (out of the nearly 10,000 submitted) is discovering a hitherto unknown winemaker, winery and/or wine that blows your mind. Source, Halliday

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Best Australian wine varietals

Kick-start your wine education with our essential guides to all of the major wine types, which include the origins of the grapes, their characteristics in the glass, where in the world they’re made and how they fit into the Australian wine landscape. Source, Halliday

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Geelong, a regional conundrum

To illuminate, Australia for some time now has had a system for the classification of Geographical Indications (GI) for wine; this mirrors similar systems in established wine-producing countries across the world. Source, Surf Coast Times

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Cheaper and mid-range Aus wine boom in UK

Australian winemakers are struggling to capitalise on growing demand for premium wines in the UK, according to a report by the body representing the country’s wine industry. Exports of Australian wine priced at $10 a litre or more to the UK have sunk by 14% in the past year, said Wine Australia. Source, Harpers.co.uk

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Andrew Kemeny talks liquor retailing in China

While in Hong Kong, National Liquor News spoke with Andrew Kemeny, who launched his own retailing business called Cellarmasters (not Woolworths) in Hong Kong. Here he discusses the quirks of retailing wine in China. Source, The Shout

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Magnetic polymers remove wine taints

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia have developed a polymer for soaking up methoxypyrazines in Cabernet Sauvignon, a compound known to produce an undesirable green capsicum aroma. Source, The Lead

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NSW winery still applies centuries-old French winemaking technique

John and Eva Cassegrain planted grapes near Port Macquarie in 1980 keeping with the family business, which began in France in 1643. While Australian winemakers are no longer allowed to call it champagne, their son and now senior winemaker Alex Cassegrain follows the ‘Methode Champenoise’. Source, ABC

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