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Grapegrower & Winemaker January issue out now

As industry heads towards the 2008 harvest Grapegrower & Winemaker examines the industry report card as delivered in Melbourne late last year. At the 2007 Wine Industry Outlook Conference the key themes were upselling, the environment, what countries to export to and going from oversupply to undersupply. Tesco’s United Kingdom retail wine boss Dan Jago delivered a fairly blunt message, pleading with Australian winemakers to out the “personality” back into Aussie wines. Jago says that with other New World countries applying the pressure Australia needs to work harder on the stories being pitched around products to make them more attractive to UK consumers.

In Grapegrowing there is a paper highlighting the recent visit to our shores from Professor Dani Shtienberg from Department of Plant Pathology at The Volcani Center in Israel. He was invited here to present a keynote address on ‘The contribution of epidemiological research to plant disease management’ at the Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference in Adelaide, 24–27 September 2007. There’s another look at irrigation and water issues and Bianca Turner explores the Barossa Valley in this month’s regional feature.

Winemaking features more research about yeast strains and how they may impact on winemakers’ ferments this year and we review some of the research highlights from late last year. There’s a bottling, labelling and packaging feature and a look at analytical services within the industry.

In Australian Wine Business University of Adelaide, Adelaide Graduate School of Business faculty member Steve Goodman highlights what influences consumers and Eric Cummins updates the export state of play. There is also our annual index featuring publication highlights from 2007.

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