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News posted on Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Internet of Things used to wage war on wastewater
A WATER treatment company is using the Internet of Things to command an army of bacteria in the battle against polluted winery wastewater. South Australian company Factor UTB has developed technology to alter the treatment environment for winery, industrial and municipal wastewater.

Wine grapes attract early buyer interest
With six months to go before the 2017 winegrape harvest wineries have been active in securing grapes, according to Murray Valley Winegrowers executive officer Mike Stone. “There’s far more interest at this time of the year than is usual because wine stocks have declined and the export demand for Australian wine is growing,” Stone said.

How old is too old? Old vines
As a vine ages, it establishes a root system and framework of trunk and cordons. Over the decades, new layers of growth, like the rings on a tree, result in more solid, twisted and gnarled old vines. The dry-grown ‘Great Grandfather’ Shiraz vines, planted during the 1860s, in Henschke’s Hill of Gracevineyard are a perfect example of pre-phylloxera vine stock that continue to produce low-yielding, intense, flavourful and balanced fruit.

Battle of Bosworth: preservative-free Puritans
Preservative-free wines don’t age — and you need to drink them quickly once you’ve opened them, right? Well, not necessarily. If they have been made well, using pristine grapes, and if they have been stored carefully, good preservative-free wines not only have the capacity to mature for years in the bottle but they also can drink surprisingly well for a while after opening.

New trophy announced at LC wine show
A brand new trophy and additional awards and medals will be up for grabs at South Australia’s Limestone Coast Wine Show, with entries now open for the 16th annual event. The introduction of a Wine of Provenance Trophy is among the significant changes in store for the October show, providing a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine.

NBR Rich List shows wine wealth climbed
There were no sour grapes on the NBR Rich List this year, with wealthy wine company owners and families cashing in on the growing industry. The New Zealand wine industry reached new heights this year, posting a record $1.57 billion worth of exports in the year to June, up nearly 10 per cent on the previous year. This increase in exports, driven by demand in the United States, has lined the pockets of the wine rich, most of whom posted increases in personal worth, according to the National Business Review.

Bay's best on Fine Wines list
Six leading independent wine experts have come together to create "The Fine Wines of New Zealand" a list of the country's most prestigious wines which has a solid line-up from Hawke's Bay. A selection panel comprising Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith, along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas, has agreed on the list for 2016, which includes 47 wines representing seven varietals.

Huge Fire Threatens Monterey Vineyards
Vintage in danger as massive blaze continues to frustrate firefighters. Monterey County's best wine grapes are in peril as an enormous fire is burning out of control to their windward side. The fire that started in Soberanes Creek in Big Sur on July 22 has grown to cover more than 38,000 acres. It has destroyed 57 homes and has burned one vineyard already. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Talking Terroir
Eric Asimov once wrote, “If you want to start an argument in the wine world — and believe me, it’s not hard to do — all you have to do is mention the word ‘terroir.’” For those attending the 11th annual International Terroir Congress at Linfield College in McMinnville, the discussions about the subject were educational, not so confrontational, as brilliant minds from the world wine community.

First grapes picked in Napa 2016 wine harvest
The odds are shortening for another strong vintage in Napa after the first grapes were picked for sparkling wines, according to Napa Valley Vintners. It’s been another early start for Napa in 2016, with the first grapes picked for sparkling wines in the past few days, said Napa Valley Vintners. And some producers have already predicted another strong Napa vintage, buoyed by recent warm weather. But, it is still early days.

Meet the sommelier bro who is trolling the wine industry
If there is one community in the food and drink world that needs to take a chill pill every once in awhile, it’s the wine world. And young people unaccustomed to the world of disposable income and leisurely dining out are more inclined to order a beer or cocktail than a bottle of wine, often thanks to how overwhelming the ordering process can be. This is where Adam Vourvoulis, a.k.a. @naturalwhine, comes in.

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