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News posted on Wednesday, 7 June 2017

2017 Barossa Pruning Competition results
Yesterday, South Australia's pruning championships took place at the Nuriootpa Research Station in the Barossa Valley. Grapegrowers gathered to participate in the competition, and enjoyed a day of education from researchers and suppliers. Here are the winners from the morning competition.

Leather-like material made from wine waste
An Italian designer has combined the worlds of high fashion and wine with a love of the planet, creating a vegan-friendly “leather” made from the byproducts of winemaking. The "leatherette" is made from leftover pomace/marc. Source, The Drinks Business.

The secret to great wine? Chemistry
“Just by understanding the chemistry you can intervene in very simple ways,” David Waterhouse, professor of viticulture and oenology at the University of California, Davis, says. He and his coauthors have published a book on the chemical reactions that take place in wine. Source, Chemical & Engineering News.

Hermann J. Wiemer purchase Standing Stone
The owners of one of the Finger Lakes wine region’s top wineries are buying a respected neighbour. Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke of Hermann J. Wiemer have purchased Standing Stone Vineyards from Martha and Tom Macinski. Source, Wine Spectator.

A new innovative wine keeper
An industrial designer has put his skills to extremely good use by inventing a decanter that keeps wine fresh for at least 12 days. Tom Cotton, is the brains behind ‘eto’, a wine preservation system with an airtight seal. Source, Huffington Post.

Chinese wine influencer promotes NZ
A new tourism campaign aiming to lure more Chinese visitors to the Wellington, Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions will launch this week in China. The 'Heart of the Long White Cloud' campaign features film director Wu Ershan and novelist and wine and food broadcaster Shu Qiao in a series of eight short videos. Source, Stuff.

Wine export laws to get a refresh
“Ministry of Primary Industries is currently reviewing export requirements under the Wine Act 2003 to discover ways it can better serve the $1.6 billion export industry,” says Minister of Food Safety, David Bennett. Source, Scoop.

Harvesting the sun
A green loan facility first launched two years ago by NAB and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, has been extended this week. The loan has contributed to a broader shift taking place across the nation’s entire agribusiness sector into solar and other energy efficient technologies. Source, One Step off the Grid.

Shadowfax Winery bouncing back
Shadowfax expects to know by the end of this week how long the re-build will take and when its restaurant and cellar door will re-open to the public. In the interim, it is retaining all of its staff members and redeploying them to other roles. Source, Star Weekly.

Tyson Stelzer drops under $10 category
For the first year, Stelzer has not recommended any wines under $10. He noted that with the cost of production, he wanted to focus on premium wine production, and that “there are no great wines under $10”. Source, Food and Beverage Industry News.

Innovation meets quality at Wamboin
There is a buzz out in Wamboin, with the newest (yet well established) winery releasing its latest vintage this week. Contentious Character has been opened a year, almost to the day. Yet it will seem familiar to many Canberrans because of its setting on the site of the former Lambert Vineyards. Source, The Riot.

Drinks chiefs to appear at London’s Bulk Wine and Spirits Show
Some of the first keynote panellists and speakers have been announced for what will be the first International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show to be held in Europe.

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