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News posted on Friday, 3 March 2017

Apply for a Wine Australia travel bursary
Wine Australia is inviting the Australian grape and wine community to apply for a travel and visiting scholar bursary by Friday 7 April. Liz Waters, Wine Australia’s Research, Development and Extension general manager, said the bursaries provide a professional development opportunity and also encourage recipients to share the knowledge they gain with others in the grape and wine community.

IPO: China gets a taste for Aussie wine
Dawine Ltd got off to a solid start when it listed on the ASX yesterday. The stock ended the day up 45% from its opening price of 2 cents per share. It should be noted that share trading patterns should not be used as the basis for an investment as they may or may not be replicated. Those considering stocks in these markets should seek independent financial advice. But don’t fear… you’ve far from missed the boat. This is just the beginning of the Dawine story.

Sam Berketa: Art vs Science
A winemaker needs to be an entrepreneur, an innovator, a sales rep and a designer. Sam Berketa was born for the role. He has recently taken over the reins at Alpha Box & Dice in McLaren Vale. Balancing the logical and the creative, Berketa is keen to bring the techniques and collaborative ethos back home to the Vale.

Save the date: ASVO Mildura Seminar
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is proud to announce that it will bring together the leaders in data, science, technology and engineering at its annual seminar in Mildura in August. The global technological landscape is changing and the wine industry is responding. Local and international guest speakers will explore the present and emerging opportunities for the wine industry in an engaging and interactive format.

Langhorne Creek vintage worth the wait
The grape and wine community at Langhorne Creek is optimistic a late start to this year’s vintage will have been worth the wait as picking ramps up. Phil Reilly, from CMV Farms and the chair of the Langhorne Creek Grape Grower Committee, said the cooler, longer ripening period had allowed for maximum flavour development in the fruit with strong varietal definition, good structure and intense colour.

Marlborough harvest kicks off, grape prices 'firm'
The first grapes have come off the vines in Marlborough, heralding the beginning of eight frantic weeks for vineyard workers, wine companies and transport firms. Nautilus Estate led the charge with workers converging on its Opawa Vineyard block on Wednesday morning to take six tonnes of Pinot Noir grapes for sparkling wine.

Hawke’s Bay Syrah: ‘We don’t need make up’
Winemakers in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, should use “less make up” if the region’s expression of Syrah is to reach its full potential, believes one winemaker, who advocates a less extracted style made with less oak to better express its place.

Winemaker opens up about sexism
"The reality is that it's still a male-dominated business – females are the statistical minority and until recently all of the group winemakers were older men." The individual in question, with many years' experience of working among predominately white males, is perhaps more qualified than most to pass judgement on Antipodean sexism.

Is Hong Kong awash with fake wines?
Even though Indonesian-Chinese wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan is serving 10 years in a US jail for selling vast quantities of fake bottles at auction, many of them can still be found in collectors’ cellars or reappearing at auctions. They continue to circulate even if collectors discover they are holding fakes because selling them is the only way they can reclaim the tens or hundreds of thousands of US dollars they have paid for them.

Why lakes produce great wine
There are many factors that determine the climate of a given wine region: latitude, elevation, aspect, sunlight, soil, geographical features, and more. It’s interesting, though, since grapevines themselves must take root on land, that one core geographical feature that lends itself to excellent winemaking isn’t actually on land at all: it’s water!

The new French paradox
The term “French Paradox” emerged in the ’80s to describe that country’s contradictory high-fat diet coupled with its low incidence of heart disease. Today, another “French Paradox” plays out; this one, in Burgundy. While the region grapples with a new normal of rising weather catastrophes, lower yields, as well as increasing land and production costs, domaines and vignerons search for opportunity elsewhere.

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