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September/October Australian Viticulture out now

The September/October issue of Australian Viticulture covers some timely topics including efficient water use during these dry times, canopy management using the correct trellis type and managing spray drift risk.

Tony Hoare of Hoare Consulting located in McLaren Vale discusses the possibilities of using the principles of mineralogy to profile soil types and offer a better understanding of terrior.

Speaking of terrior, Mark Smith meets with Tasmania’s Brian Franklin to research his experiences of Burgundy, France, and how these experiences have shaped his own production of quality Pinot Noir.

Peter Dry of the University of Adelaide addresses the issue of VSP trellising, something he says appears to have been confusing many Australian growers for some time. Andrew Taylor, plant pathologist of the Department of Agriculture and Food WA presents his research into non-botrytis bunch rots in WA vineyards in 2006–07.

Australian Viticulture surveyed its readers about their spraying practices to prevent or control outbreaks of pest and disease. The findings are presented in this issue and highlight the common issues being managed across Australia and in New Zealand. Still on spraying, Alison MacGregor of Scholefield Robinson Mildura puts some suggestions to growers about working within the proposed parameters to managing spray drift risk. MacGregor says the Agricultural Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority needs to hear from Australia’s growers to reach a mutually amicable agreement.

The focus on our changing climate has turned vineyard managers’ attention to alternative varieties to suit potentially warmer vineyard sites. In this issue, we look at Saperavi and speak to some of its commercial producers who are enjoying sales success with the resultant wine.

This issue’s Varietal Report focuses on Sangiovese and its climatic suitability to Australia, and in other news Mildura-based correspondent Terry Gange reports on the recent discovery of Australia’s first mechanical harvester in his local area.

There’s much more to read in the September/October issue of Australian Viticulture, the official voice of the WGGA. To subscribe visit https://www.winebiz.com.au/ausvit/subscribe.asp or telephone Winetitles on (08) 8292 0888.



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