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News posted on Thursday, 7 July 2016

Young winemaker contest cancelled
One of two competitions showcasing the young talent in Central Otago's wine industry has been cancelled due to lack of contestants. The 11th Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year competition will be held on July 22 at the Otago Polytechnic campus in Cromwell. However, the young winegrower competition, which was scheduled for next Friday, will not go ahead.

New Zealand’s Draft Geographic Indications Regulations Released
The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirirts) Registration Act (GI Act) is currently being amended in a Bill before New Zealand's Parliament. The Draft Geographic Indications Regulations have just been released. Among other things, the Regulations set out proposed procedures for the examination and registration of a Geographical Indication, as well as the process for maintenance of the Register of Geographical Indications in New Zealand.

The benefit of thinking outside of the wine bottle
There are many visual clues wineries use to showcase their marketing vision, ambition and skill. Artistic rendering of stately chateau, ornate fonts and/or buzz words like Private Reserve or Select are common ones employed to denote that wine on offer is special, premium and worthy of attention. The obvious signal is also the most expected. It comes in a bottle. The idea of wine coming in anything else is enough to send wine geeks into a tizzy. Cans and kegs are for beer. Cartons are for juice. Wine calls for a glass bottle. No exceptions. Its superior nature demands it.

Dollar wine buyers swoop for Brexit deals
Fine wine buyers in the US, Asia and also Europe have wasted little time in seeking to take advantage of the weak pound sterling currency following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, according to the country's merchants. Growing numbers of the UK’s fine wine merchants are reporting a post-Brexit boost in demand, but they are also wary that the cost of replenishing their cellars with top wines from Europe could be significantly more expensive.

This tiny contraption is capable of producing endless wine
When you're down to the last glass of wine from the bottle you could have just sworn was full before, you could really use this contraption one Iowa State University professor is developing. It's a tiny device that's capable of creating a continuous supply of fresh wine. Yeah, you read that right. Attinger, working in tandem with a team of researchers at Swiss research institute Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, created the micro-winery in question to aid in expanding our knowledge of how fermentation actually works.

Arsenic, herbicide wine scares put in context
An average man would need to put back five glasses of wine per day, every day, to consume enough inorganic arsenic to run the risk of causing health problems, according to a leading expert on food and beverage toxicology. At such a rate of consumption, however, that hypothetical person would likely have several other health concerns that would be more evident than anything related to arsenic. “The health issues for this particular individual is not the arsenic in the wine,” said Dr. Carl K. Winter.

Wine Grape Council of South Australia elects new chair
Heather Webster from Langhorne Creek has been announced as the new chair of the Wine Grape Council of South Australia (WGCSA). WGCSA is a grower-funded organisation that seeks to represent SA’s over 3,000 independent wine grape growers. Webster has worked across a number of industries and brings extensive executive and director experience from roles within the wine industry as well as transport and science.

Canberra International Riesling Challenge goes to New Zealand
The Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) 2016, will launch its 17th event today in Wellington New Zealand, as the first official event following the ACT Government signing a sister-city agreement between the two Capital Cities. Peter Woolcott, the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, will provide the venue for showcasing Rieslings from both countries through a unique Capital Cities Riesling Challenge.

Yalumba chooses the latest winemaking technology
Meeting consumer demands throughout seasonal variability with an advanced automation and process control solution from Rockwell Automation. The Oxford Landing Estate Vineyard and Winery is named after a site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep. Today it’s home to a loyal flock of down-to-earth folk who take great pride in making quality wines, enjoyed the world over. With 650 acres under vine, Oxford Landing Estate is not small but by micro-managing 130 five-acre blocks as separate ecosystems, the grapes are given exactly what they need to achieve optimum flavour.

Teen winemakers share the fruits of their labour
They might not be able to legally drink wine yet, but it has not stopped Riverland high school students from making it. Along with maths and English classes, students at Waikerie High School in South Australia's Riverland have tackled a different kind of project — bottling their own wine. The school's year 11 viticulture students used on-site equipment and grapes from their own vineyard to produce their 2015 Vintage Shiraz. Year 12 student Natasha Perry is one student who is hoping to pursue a career in the industry.

Exciting new wine show for Hilltops
The wine regions of Hilltops and Tumbarumba have been producing first class grapes for decades, with both gaining their own Geographical Indications in 1998. For some years now, their wines have been winning recognition, critical acclaim and awards across the country. This year will see their respective regional wine associations each launch their own Wine Shows to further raise the profile of their talented vignerons and winemakers.

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