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News posted on Monday, 6 March 2017

Canberra: Near-perfect conditions
Canberra district grape growers are praising recent conditions as great for winemaking, as they begin to harvest thousands of tonnes of fruit. Intense spring rain set vines up for a very healthy growing season, and delivered water views at neighbouring Lake George, Lerida Estate general manager Anne Caine said. The rain left the soil vineyard soil so saturated, irrigation was not needed this vintage.

Harvesting under the stars
South Australia's Southern Flinders may not be known for its wineries but its warmer climate gives Shiraz grapegrowers a head start on the season. Kilikanoon Wines has begun harvesting at their 18-hectare vineyard near Port Germein this week, with more than 100 tonnes of grapes already picked and trucked to its winery in the Clare Valley.

New home for Innocent Bystander
The new home for Innocent Bystander opened last week in the heart of Healesville in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley. Innocent Bystander Headquarters, previously White Rabbit Brewery, has been completely re-imagined by BEE interiors to reflect the Innocent Bystander gastronomic philosophy that great wine requires great food

New leadership for WISA
The peak body representing the grape and wine supply chain, Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc. (WISA), has announced Paula Edwards, from Winegrapes Australia Pty Ltd, has been elected as the new chair of the board. Edwards replaces David Evans who reluctantly resigned from the board at the end of January. Kate Bickford, from DW Fox Tucker Lawyers, was endorsed as the vice chair.

The difference between Shiraz and Syrah
Who would have thought that wine drinkers in the UK were so set in their ways? “Normally we call this wine Syrah, but we are experimenting with putting Shiraz on the label for the latest shipment to the UK,” said David Roper, winemaker at Villa Maria in New Zealand.

Vintage 2017 update
Vintage 2017 is off to a late start for Wingara's two wineries (Katnook Coonawarra, in South Australia; and Mildura, Victoria - home to Deakin Estate, La La Land and Azahara). This update offers the latest insights from the Wingara winemakers and viticulturists.

Trophy for first Gewürztraminer vintage
A wine celebrating the Giesen brothers German heritage and love of aromatics has won the Trophy Champion Gewürztraminer at the 2017 Royal Easter Wine Show Wine Awards. Giesen claimed the prestigious honours with The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014, the first vintage the company has made with this style.

Wine consumption: US still rising
The US is still seeing significant wine sales growth; it is the highest wine consuming country by volume, drinking 341.5 million nine-litre cases in 2016. This is expected to rise 4.9% by 2020, to 358.3 million cases, according to a report released this week by trade show Vinexpo and drinks research firm The IWSR.

No, organic wine doesn’t actually taste better
The messaging is as clear as it is ubiquitous: Drink organic wine for a more environmentally friendly experience, choose an organic bottle for a better tasting wine. But just how accurate are these claims? Are we really getting a better tasting bottle of wine when we shop organic?

Women in the wine industry
There were no jobs for women in winemaking in the late ’70s. If you wanted to get in, you had to start in the lab. So many industries back then were male-dominated… I’m amazed with what I’ve seen in the last 10 years, and I’m excited to see that path continue for women in the wine business.

Does the future of winemaking lie underwater?
Ever since a treasure trove of 170-year-old Champagne was salvaged by divers from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2010, change has been afoot in the world of wine. A handful of winemakers from around the world have forgone land-ageing techniques and started experimenting with underwater wine ageing.


The difference between Shiraz and Syrah
Who would have thought that wine drinkers in the UK were so set in their ways? “Normally we call this wine Syrah, but we are experimenting with putting Shiraz on the label for the latest shipment to the UK,” said David Roper, winemaker at Villa Maria in New Zealand.


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