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In the September/October 2007 issue of the Wine Industry Journal Wine Grape Growers’ Australia chief executive Mark McKenzie balances the discussion initiated by Winemakers’ Federation of Australia president David Clarke in the July/August issue, by giving his view on the future of the growers sector of Australian wine industry following the release of the Directions to 2025 and the Taking Stock & Setting Directions strategies.
In collaboration with some of Australia’s brightest wine industry minds, the Wine Industry Journal has launched a new column profiling the new grape varieties that are starting to make growers and winemakers alike take notice. Regular columnist Dr Richard Smart begins the series with a look at Albarino, a variety that is striking a chord with the Australian wine industry due to its suitability to be grown in both warm and cool climates.
Micro-oxygenation may assist wine producers to maintain production costs by reducing the need to purchase extra barrel inventory. Stuart Dykes of Pernod-Ricard New Zealand was the winner of the Wine Industry Journal sponsored workshop hosted by Provisor during the AWITC and his micro-oxygenation research is presented in this feature.
This issue’s Wine Industry Journal ‘Horizons’ article is written by Rachel Gore of Victorian company Wine Network Consulting, comparing the economic value of barrels versus micro-oxygenation and oak alternatives. As wine companies continue to face budget pressures, this is timely reading ahead of the 2008 vintage.
Readers of the Wine Industry Journal were surveyed in early September this year to gain an overview of the process behind choosing wine closures. The results are published in this issue and there were some definite trends that arose, showing that while screw cap has become the market leader in the past five years, many producers haven’t left cork behind and not just because of export market demand.
Business columnist Jonathan Scott reports on the downturn in the UK wine market not just in terms of Australian wine sales, but also across the board. Close examination of export data reveals that while export volumes to the UK are at record highs, the value of the volume is low.
Verdelho is a variety that many winemakers in Australia shy away from so the Wine Industry Journal delved into a small sample of wines to see what styles are on the market and discovered it is a unique wine that presents an easy-drinking option for the on-premise market, but certainly needs a re-focus in terms of winemaking and marketing if it is to have real presence. There’s much more in the pages of this issue, including Tony Keys’ report on the wine tasting exercise he recently undertook to assess the quality of Australia’s ‘front line’ wine brands. The results may surprise wine producers focused on creating high price point drops.
Other features include a look at the Swan District of WA; an investigation into the recent export success of Argentina, a serious contender in New World wine; news about the latest GI laws to come into force in New Zealand; advice on avoiding the hazards of bottling; the latest research from DPI-Mildura; and a note from our friend PP Bradshaw.
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