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News posted on Friday, 7 October 2016

Dogs can help detect vineyard diseases researcher says
Dogs can be used as pest and disease detectors in vineyards, according to a Melbourne University researcher. Sonja Needs, a lecturer and tutor in wine, climate change, adaptation and animal science, says dogs can detect for beehive collapse, termites and fire ants.

Aldi wined costing £5.99 wins top international award – beating bottles costing three times as much
A cheap dessert wine from Aldi has won a top international award – beating out bottles that cost three times as much. The budget supermarket’s £5.99 Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon from Australia took out the gold medal, awarded by industry experts at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

St Hugo takes Barossa wine tourism to next level
Historic Australian producer St Hugo is aiming to take wine tourism to the next level with a range of luxury tourism experiences at its new home in the Barossa Valley. St Hugo was created in 1980 to celebrate the legacy of Hugo Gramp, the Aussie wine pioneer and managing director of Gramps & Son’s winery from 1920 to 1938. The new brand home honours the wine magnate who was born, lived and worked his entire life in the Barossa Valley.

Penfolds is jacking up the price of Grange to an incredible $850
The price of Penfolds Grange, a golden goose made from grapes for Treasury Wine Estates, will jump another 8.3% to a new record of $850 when the 2012 vintage is released on October 20. It’s the first price increase in two vintages, when Penfolds shifted the release date from Autumn to Spring and increased the cost to $785. The 2012 is the 62nd consecutive vintage of the nation’s most famous wine.

Winemaker Nic Bourke joins Hugh Hamilton Wines
Hugh Hamilton Wines are pleased to announce that talented winemaker Nic Bourke has joined the team. Nic comes to this iconic family business at an exciting time as 2017 marks that 180th anniversary of the Hamilton’s arrival in South Australia.

Australia’s first families of wine ‘next gens’ go on tour with New Zealand’s family of twelve
In the spirit of collaboration the wine community is famous for, Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) ‘Next Gens’ will be heading over the ditch in just over a week’s time, immersing themselves in New Zealand’s most famous family owned wine businesses. The three-day tour, hosted by New Zealand’s Family of Twelve, starts in Auckland on 13th of October, when 19 of AFFW’s ‘Next Gens’ hit the ground running, starting their journey through Aetearoa, learning, tasting, talking and tweeting about their experiences.

Reduce photosynthesis, reduce alcohol
EIT researchers may have achieved a breakthrough in ‘making’ quality low alcohol wines in the vineyard. Over two seasons, a School of Viticulture and Wine Science research team investigated the use of antitranspirant spray on vines to reduce photosynthesis and, as a consequence of that, the influence on berry ripeness including sugar accumulation in the berries.

The promise of India
Regular readers will know that for over two years now Amphora has been sending executives out to India every three months or so with a view to spreading the fine wine investment message. Last week we were lucky enough to be able to spend a day at the delightful Sula Vineyard, a hair-raising three hour drive north east of Mumbai. What has that got to do with wine investment, you may ask? Or was it simply an arduous perk?

Wine Experience Touts New Vision for Cambodian Industry
Just before Pchum Ben, wine distribution company Celliers d’Asie held an event they called The Great Wine Experience, and a great experience it must surely have been for the 500 or so young hospitality professionals from the Cambodian trade who attended, as it could potentially be the largest wine event held in the Kingdom.

Anson: The next cult wine? Petit Manseng the ‘great seducer’
This centuries-old grape from Jurançon could be on the verge of a 'Viognier moment', says Jane Anson. She meets a Thai winemaker in the shadow of the Pyrenees who is helping to tame Petit Manseng; immortalised by French poet Colette as one of the wine world's great seducers - partly because of its fabled status as a source of strength to philandering King Henry IV of France.

Tasting merlot: it’s time to redeem the big red
With one line, the 2004 film Sideways cast merlot into the wine wilderness. A blind tasting shows it’s time to let it back into the party. In one memorable line, Miles declares: “If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving. I am not drinking any f***ing merlot!” This proved good for the fictional Miles’ favourite grape, pinot noir, as real-life sales of the wine skyrocketed. Merlot’s popularity, however, plummeted.

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