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News posted on Friday, 5 February 2016

Peppery aromas and flavours in Shiraz could open doors to export markets
A STUDY looking at a particular characteristic in Shiraz that appeals to drinkers in Asia could open doors to export markets for Victorian winemakers, according to the Weekly Times. Rotundone, a compound that occurs in some Shiraz grapes giving it a peppery aroma and flavour, is being tracked by a researcher from the University of Melbourne with the aim of providing ­information to Asian ­consumers who want to buy wine featuring the ­component.

What’s next for Australian vineyard machinery?
WHILE THE CURRENT VINTAGE is an immediate focus for grapegrowers and viticulturist, there is also lots of industry development for smart operators to keep track of. In this Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine article, Sam Bowman explores the latest in vineyard machinery and reports on what could work well in Australia and what will make good economic sense for growers and managers.

Latest issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal out now
THE 2015 VINTAGE in Australia was described as early by some, and several producers have reported yet an earlier start to vintage in 2016. Increasingly earlier harvests have been linked to global warming due to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and an article in the just-released January-February issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal fills some knowledge gaps by reporting on the preliminary results of a local trial into the effects of higher carbon dioxide on winegrapes.

It’s an ill wind…
IT’S AN ILL WIND that blows nobody any good; an old and often misunderstood proverb. Say it slowly and it makes sense... one person’s misfortune most often benefits another; like when storm damage creates work opportunities. The ill wind has been howling since about July according to the latest report from the Riverland Wine representative body.

Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe
FEARS THAT some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists. Fairfax Media has learnt that as many as 110 positions in the Oceans and Atmosphere division will go, with a similarly sharp reduction in the Land and Water division. Total job cuts would be about 350 staff over two years, the CSIRO confirmed in an email to staff, with the Data61 and Manufacturing divisions also hit.

Wine Flight takes off
More than 60 of the world’s most influential wine media, trade and sommeliers enjoyed a unique wine flight today thanks to Air New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers. Two Air New Zealand Q300 aircraft took off from Blenheim and cruised at 11,000ft, taking in spectacular views of some of New Zealand’s best known wine regions, including Marlborough, Nelson, Martinborough/Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.

Central Otago winery scoops Sydney International
LOWBURN FERRY WINES from Central Otago has won top honours at the Sydney International Wine Competition notching another success for its Home Block Pinot Noir. While the enormous cup won’t be coming home to sit in the trophy cabinet after the awards function this weekend, Lowburn Ferry owners Jean and Roger Gibson hope it will help them build sales and find new distribution channels across Australia.

Tapping the potential of wine in kegs
IMAGINE ORDERING a glass of wine at a bar and having it served at the perfect temperature and tasting consistently the same, time after time. Four years ago, the wine-on-tap category was just emerging. Thanks to enthusiasm from wineries and growing interest from restaurants, more than 3,900 locations in 49 states now offer it, nearly double the number of locations of two years ago.

Wine tourism in South Africa may double by 2025
TOURISM based around South Africa’s wine industry has the potential to more than double in size in the next nine years as the declining value of the rand makes the country increasingly attractive to visitors, according to an organisation representing producers. The market could grow to R15 billion (US$930 million) in 2025 from R6 billion now, said Rico Basson, managing director of Vinpro, which has 3600 wine producers and cellars as members.

Chinese stock market in turmoil, but wine sales resilient
LISTED CHINESE agribusinesses have taken on huge losses as the country's three share markets witness major turmoil, according to a market analyst. However, Wine Australia's general manager of marketing Stu Barclay said last year's economic woes in China didn't impact wine sales.

Times are changing in Spain's Rioja
DRIVING IN TO RIOJA from France, I encountered thick fog. With the encroaching darkness of evening, the fog made driving hazardous and finding a destination chancy. The locals all said, "It's been like this for 10 days. It's normal. It's because of the river." The River Ebro runs through the region, dividing the northern Basque section, Rioja Alavesa, from Rioja Alta. The fog stayed for another day-and-a-half, then lifted, revealing stunning views of mountains, vineyards and hilltop villages.

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