Category: Australian Wine Industry News

Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates

Researchers at The University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on winegrapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ yeasts during the production process has mostly been discouraged by winemakers. The study, published in Nature journal’s Scientific Reports, focusses on the effects of […]

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No 7 Healesville will help grow winemakers career through new program

Unless you’re born into the family business, there isn’t an easy way aspiring winemakers can produce their own drop.  But Andrea Davison has been given a rare opportunity to create her own range, with help from the team behind one of the Yarra Valley’s biggest venues. The family who launched Stones of the Yarra Valley […]

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Australia gains highest score in International Wine Challenge

Australian winemakers picked up 393 medals in the latest round of the International Wine Challenge (IWC). Last year it brought home 256 in total – making this year’s haul a 54% increase from last year. Of these, 22 were gold medals. Only one country, France, collected more golds this year with 23. The McGuigan Shortlist […]

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A sommelier aims for wine-list equality

When Bridget Raffal stepped into the sommelier role at Sydney’s Sixpenny, she noticed one problem – there were no women on the wine list. So she’s changing that. Female winemakers will, one day, make up half the slate. “But without doubling the size of the list, which is not feasible at a place like Sixpenny, […]

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A new era for the Brown family

Brown Brothers has changed its name to the Brown Family Wine Group. The name change took effect on 1 September. Founded by John Francis Brown in 1889 at Milawa, in north-east Victoria, the Brown Family Wine Group has evolved from a single brand to a family of brands that now includes Brown Brothers, Devil’s Corner, […]

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Finalists announced for 2018 viticulturist of the year award

Finalists for the ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year award for 2018 (from left) Colin Bell, Kerry DeGaris, and Nick Dry. The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has announced the finalists for its Viticulturist of the Year award for 2018. The three finalists are Colin Bell, director of AHA Viticulture in Western Australia; Kerry […]

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Croser on natural (or ‘accidental’) wines

Australian winemaker and consultant Brian Croser has only two objections against the so-called ‘natural’ wine movement, or ‘accidental’ wine movement as he prefers to call it. The first is its appropriation of the term ‘natural’, as it infers that all other wines are less than natural, and the second is its appropriation of the term […]

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Waltzing Touriga: Mediterranean grapes making it big down under

“It’s not rocket science,” says Steve Pannell. “Varieties that come from hot, dry climates are better adapted to growing in hot, dry climates.” Pannell cut his teeth making red wines for some of Australia’s biggest names and was in charge of red wine production at Hardy’s for several years. He set up his own SC […]

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Sauvignon 2019 announces programme

In January 2019 the world’s top wine experts will arrive en masse in Marlborough to attend New Zealand’s International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. It’s an unparalleled opportunity for New Zealand to shine the spotlight on our diverse Sauvignon Blanc offerings to leading wine producers, experts and key influencers. The event runs for three days during 28–30 […]

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China lowers VAT tax for imported wine

The Chinese government has announced that it will lower the country’s VAT tax from the current 17% to 16% for imported goods, which is expected to boost China’s wine imports, especially for countries such as Australia and Chile that have signed Free Trade Agreements with China. The new policy was announced by the State Administration […]

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Oregon Winery funds wine studies

A small liberal arts college in Willamette Valley is significantly expanding its wine-education program with the help of a $6 million gift from one of Oregon’s leading wine families. The donation from Grace and Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene is one of the largest in Linfield College’s 160-year history. Source, Wine Spectator

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Romanian wine sales jump in UK

UK supermarket Waitrose has reported surging sales of Romanian wine with volumes up by 17% year on year. This was boosted by a particularly good performanace from its own-label Blueprint Romanian Pinot Noir, which enjoyed a 60% year in year increase, according to the retailer. “Romanian wine is a real success story and word is […]

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Expert predicts dramatic change for Bordeaux 2050

A viticulturist and oenologist has predicted that the taste of Bordeaux wine is likely to change dramatically by 2050, should global warming continue at its current rate. Pascal Chatonnet, an expert in Bordeaux wine, was invited to make the predictions by environmental journalist group l’Association des Journalistes de l’Environnement. Source, The Connexion

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Court of Master Sommeliers exam results

The Court of Master Sommeliers Australia has announced the results of its Introductory and Certified Examinations held in Sydney yesterday, with 27 students achieving the title of Introductory Sommelier and 19 students achieving the title of Certified Sommelier. 2018 Australian Results The 2018 Sydney Riedel Certified Sommelier Dux was awarded to: Salvatore Persico (Rockpool Dining Group) 27 students achieved […]

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Vintage 2018 at Sirromet

Sirromet Wines began its 2018 harvest mid-January, bringing in eight tonnes of Chambourcin and the first three tonnes of the Moscato Giallo fruit from its Mount Cotton vineyard. Ten different varieties off 92 blocks from their Granite Belt vineyards followed soon after, bringing in a total of approx. 450 tonnes of fruit for the 2018 […]

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Cool climate winemaking in Tas

Just over two years ago Alex Russell and partner Lara Suitor were making a variety of red and white wines in the Riverland district of South Australia. A move to Tasmania came about after the pair drove past a vineyard for sale in north east Tasmania and decided to purchase the property. The two have […]

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