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News posted on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wine industry researching grape marc as stock feed to mitigate climate change
The Australian wine industry is investigating ways of turning winery waste into stock feed to reduce methane emissions from livestock. Grape marc, the waste left from crushing grapes, is known to reduce methane production in the rumen when fed to sheep and cattle. Senior winemaker at the Australian Wine Research Institute, Geoff Cowey, said the research was being driven by the livestock industry's goal to reduce its environmental impact in the light of climate change.

Winegrapes tested for smoke taint after months of fires across state
Testing is underway in many of Tasmania's wine grape growing regions to determine if bushfire smoke has impacted fruit quality. Bushfires have been burning in the state's north-west for more than two months, and smoke has drifted hundreds of kilometres. Dalrymple Winery in Pipers River is one of a number of vineyards testing for smoke taint. Winemaker Peter Caldwell started a small batch ferment this week.

Zac Caudo, Caudo Vineyard, Waikerie, SA, aims for the stars
WHEN the Caudo family’s water-skiing shack on the Murray River was transformed into their winery’s cellar door, it didn’t stop Zac Caudo from his favourite sport. “I’ll water ski most days,” Zac said. “And now I just have a glass of wine at the end of it.” For Zac, 29, manager of the family’s 450ha winery and mixed farm (almonds and citrus), between South Australia’s Waikerie and Morgan, the lifestyle of the area has been a major contributor to Caudo Vineyard’s business direction.

What about women in wine?
On International Women's Day, Philip White seeks to clarify some misunderstandings about the first Australian Women In Wine Awards. “The numbers of women in the wine industry are dropping,” Oliver’s Taranga winemaker Corrina Wright said, “and in the 20 years that I’ve been in the industry they’ve almost halved. And I just don’t feel really good about that. Sitting back and wishing for it to change has simply not been working.”

Mornington Peninsula wineries make waves with London walkabout tasting
Twelve winemakers from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula are to offer a one-day masterclass and walkabout tasting of their wines in London. The tasting, which takes place on May 10, offers a rare opportunity to explore the premium cool-climate wines from the region. Only 900ha of land is under vine, which has been producing wines for over 40 years.

Villa Maria named in top 10 worlds most admired wine brands
For the second year Villa Maria has been named as the only NZ winery in a prestigious top 10 list of the most admired wine brands. The Drinks International ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ is an annual list compiled by polling over 200 wine industry experts. Included in the top 10 are some of the global wine industry’s big hitters that have been established for hundreds of years - in Chateau d’Yquems’ case - 400 years.

Sileni winery launches a new look
Hawke's Bay's Sileni Estates has launched a new logo and package design as well as a revitalisation of the labelling. "The new packaging rejuvenates the look of the Sileni range while ensuring that our packaging is still clearly recognisable to our customers," Sileni Estates CEO and president Sir Graeme Avery said. "We wanted to create a package that communicates how we think our wines are best enjoyed -- with great food and good company."

Italy's first all-woman vineyard
In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Tuscany’s Il Casato Prime Donne winery employs only women. On International Women’s Day, we raise a glass to owner Donatella Cinelli Colombini and her pioneering winery. Nestled between oak casks and clutching glasses of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Tuscany’s finest wines, a group of wine tasters listens attentively to their remarkable host.

Wine tourism could breathe life back into Japan’s disaster zone
If recreating the Napa Valley isn’t hard enough, try doing it in a part of Japan that’s been rocked by an earthquake and tsunami, and spurned because of a nuclear disaster. Akiu Winery, near Sendai, the capital of Miyagi prefecture that’s about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Tokyo, isn’t deterred by those challenges.

Does 'Natural Wine' Deserve Its Own Classification?
When something becomes a trend (or a thing, as is increasingly the term), we, humans, like to name this thing—to categorize and quantify it. And that’s exactly the case with "natural wine," a vague winemaking style that has exploded in popularity across the U.S. in the past year or so. In France, where the current natural wine movement began during the 1980s, bureaucratic organization INAO is making serious efforts to turn "natural wine" into a regulated category, potentially verified by a third-party, as are labels "organic" and "biodynamic."

Lidl's new wine range offers fine value
On the face of it, there's little to choose between Lidl and Aldi. They are both as German as schwarzbrot, both discounters place value before beauty, and both represent serious threats to the Big Four: Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda and Tesco. Both have substantially upped the wine ante in the past couple of years, with credible ranges increasingly appreciated by wine drinkers of all classes. Where they differ, however, is in their approach.

Number of Australian wineries in decline
The latest annual Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory (WID) reveals an industry under increasing pressure and poised for a further downturn in the number of wine producers. The 34th edition, released today, shows the number of wine producers decreased for the second consecutive year to 2,468 in 2016, down by 13 since 2015 and 105 fewer than the all-time peak of 2,573 in 2014.





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