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News posted on Thursday, 5 October 2017

Altitude v latitude Pinot tasting
Is it altitude or latitude that good Pinot owes a debt of gratitude? A comparison of Pinot Noir sourced from high altitude Australian vineyards and those in cool climate latitudes will be the focus of the next regular tasting by Australia’s Wine & Viticulture Journal.

Tesla charging station at Barossa winery
Looking at the increasing popularity of electric-run vehicles and a passion for their tight-knit community has led one Barossa family-owned winery to install a Tesla vehicle charging station. Greenock’s Joseph and Sue Evans took up the state government’s offer to install an electric charging station at their Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars. Source, The Barossa Herald

Penfolds release 2013 Grange
The 2013 Grange is the 63rd consecutive vintage of Australia’s most famous wine, which through a combination of consistency, clever marketing and tireless globetrotting by Mr Gago to take it to the world, has now become a global wine, with strong markets in Europe, the US and China. Source, The West Australian.

Riversdale Crater Chardonnay 2015 wins gold medal
A southern Tasmanian vineyard has struck gold at an acclaimed wine event in London. Cambridge’s Riversdale Estate, in the vine-rich Coal River Valley, picked up the top award for its 2015 Crater Chardonnay at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Source, The Mercury

Mussel shells used to control grass grubs in vineyards
Mussel shells are already used to control weeds in vineyards and now may be able to repel destructive grass grubs too, new Lincoln University research suggests. Using greenshell mussel in vineyards, although not a new practice, could be seen as a win for the aquaculture and wine industries, the study said. Source, Stuff

One in 10 people in Marlborough work in wine
Where would Marlborough be without wine? The wine sector pumps nearly half a billion dollars into the local economy a year. The industry has grown by 300 per cent since 2000. It employs one in 10 people. And it's only going to get bigger, says a new report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER). Source, Stuff

European vine rules stunt Italian winemakers' ambitions
In the Italian valley where his family has made wine for 30 generations, Lamberto Frescobaldi says his growth plans are being hampered by new European Union rules. He asked to extend the vineyards where he produces Chianti, Sangiovese and Vermentino wines by 50 hectares this year, but was granted only 9,000 square meters by the Agriculture Ministry in Rome. Source, Yahoo7 News

Virginia wine month gets underway
The 29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month is bringing a month of special events at wineries, restaurants, hotels and wine bars, and dozens of wine festivals across the US state. This year’s theme is “Discover Your Local Crush". Source, WTOP

Low-end Chinese wines still dominate domestic market
A joint report by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and research company EXACT Data showed that the majority of Chinese wines consumed in the country are low-end, posing a challenge for Chinese producers who are trying to alter the image of domestic wine. Source, The Drinks Business

Bottom’s up – anyone for some knicker wine?
The Connexion looked for interestingly named wines and found this… La Petite Culotte de Chateau Lacombe. And, yes, the wine really is named for French knickers. And, yes, foreign buyers are quite taken by the rather risqué label and the dry white Bordeaux Haut-Benauge AOC sells quite well. Source The Connexion

Australian Chardonnay still going strong
The sixth annual James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge results are in, with Amelia Park Wines' 2016 Reserve Chardonnay taking out the top honour. With 97 points, this Margaret River wine was able to beat the 560 other wines from around Australia in this competition. Source, Wine Companion

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