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News posted on Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Agrochemical update
Yesterday afternoon the AWRI released an eBulletin containing information on a new active constituent approved for fighting botrytis bunch rot on winegrapes. The biological fungicide is sold as 'Botector' contains this constituent. Source, The AWRI.

Lafite to release first Chinese wine in 2018
Domaines Barons de Rothschild is reportedly planning its first Chinese wine release next year, a joint project between the French company and China’s conglomerate CITIC group in the country’s eastern Shandong province. Source, The Drinks Business.

Wine served in plastic for HK wine festival
Hong Kong will be wooing wine connoisseurs at the annual Wine and Dine Festival again later this month, but many will have to sample the goods in plastic glasses instead of actual wine glasses for safety and security reasons, according to the Tourism Board. Source, South China Morning Post.

Sonoma has most potential for fine wine
Sonoma County offers more potential for fine wine creation than any other region in the world, according Frenchman and Vérité winemaker, Pierre Seillan. Seillan chose to make wine in Sonoma over and above any other part of the world because it has “complex, exceptional topography." Source, The Drinks Business.

Making bad wine extinct
"Looking for a specific wine in a fine Detroit area shop recently, it dawned on me that it has been a long time since I’ve tasted a genuinely bad wine. By bad, I mean flawed or poorly made." Source, Hour Detroit.

Kim Crawford's winemaking journey
While cleaning out their house in New Zealand to move two years ago, Kim and Erica Crawford came across a desk pad from the early days of their former wine label. On it they had mapped out their future: Grow the brand, sell it within nine years and then buy land. Source, Forbes.

Labour hire concerns
Proposed legislation changes to SA’s labour hire industry “would have a deleterious effect on business“, according to Schubert MP Stephan Knoll. Working with the SA Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), they have addressed a letter of objection to the Committee. Source, The Barossa Herald.

Grapegrowers slow to adopt safety code
Less than half of the grape growers on the Mornington Peninsula have registered with Ag Victoria to be notified of threats to their crops. Registering will enable growers to “get the jump on pest and disease threats in their region with faster access to biosecurity information”. Source, The Mornington Peninsula News.

Harvey wineries toast to success
Wineries in the Harvey shire shone at the Geographe Wine Show on September 21 and 22 with two vineyards taking home awards and another rising from the ashes. Fifth Estate co-owner Julie Moloney said it was exciting as it was the first time the winery had won this award. Source, The West Australian.

A beautifully fragrant Pinot Noir
"Marking 30 years since Ata Rangi’s first wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir is an important release from the New Zealand winery that produces beautifully composed, seductive wines. Founder Clive Patton and winemaker Helen Masters weave their magic here," writes David Knight for The Adelaide Reivew.

More wineries charge for tastings than not
For the first time ever, more wineries in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa charge for tasting than do not, according to Wine Business Solutions data. A lot of resistance has come down to fear of upsetting consumers, but research shows that tasters are more likely to make a purchase when met with a fee. Source, Winetitles.

Movento® 240 SC Insecticide
Movento is better able to control sucking pests ‘hiding’ on the covered inner leaves that other insecticides can’t reach.

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