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News posted on Friday, 14 November 2014

Grapegrowing hotspots in Tasmania could boost wine exports
The Tasmanian wine sector hopes that findings from new research will help the industry capture more of the export market. A study by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has identified several untapped prime grapegrowing locations. Dr Reuben Wells said the study was designed to give potential investors more detailed information about suitable sites.

Hunter winemaker receives prestigious Graham Gregory award
Hunter Valley winemaker Christopher Barnes has been awarded the prestigious Graham Gregory award for his outstanding contribution to the industry. The award was presented by the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, at the NSW Wine Industry Awards luncheon.

Fact-checking some viticulture myths
One of the things science does is force us to rethink commonly held notions, assumed truths or what appears to be common sense. In viticulture, we have our own set of myths and beliefs about growing grapes that have survived for decades in the absence of good field research. But while many of them have some basis in fact, they are not necessarily the absolute truths that they are sometime touted as being. Here are a few ‘myths’ that we have in viticulture, and what researchers have found out about them, writes Hans Walter-Peterson.

Yealands Wine Group crowned NZ wine producer of the year
Yealands Wine Group has been named New Zealand wine producer of the year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The prestigious title was collected by Simon Kelly, European director of sales, at the awards evening held in London Wednesday night. The Marlborough-based wine group also took home 37 medals and three silver medals.

Lodi winemakers strip back Zinfandel
If Zinfandel was treated more like Pinot Noir, how different would it taste? In Lodi, a group of winemakers are finding out. The Lodi Native project brought together six wineries who each made two barrels of Zinfandel in 2012 under tight rules: single vineyard wines only, only native yeast, no new oak, and no added tannin, acid or enzymes.

Is Asia’s Champagne palate changing?
Dominique Moreau of Champagne house Marie Courtin has seen the evolution of Champagne tastes of Asia over the past four years and thinks real change is in the air. “There’s been a change in the palate,” she explained, adding that on her visits she meets more professionals who are willing to try new things – particularly her Champagnes which are low dosage and, in one example, vinified in oak.

ProWein Singapore to debut in 2016
ProWein is to hold a new exhibition in Singapore to support its already established ProWine China event in Shanghai. Taking place from 12-15 April 2016, ProWein Singapore will take place in partnership with Singapore Exhibition Services and in parallel with bi-yearly show Food&Hotel Asia.

Engagement: Not all events are equal
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of winery events and festivals staged across Australia each year, so there was plenty of fodder for Teagan Altschwager and her events project with the University of Adelaide’s wine marketing research team. Altschwager, a PhD candidate with the university’s business school, found while events can successfully draw a crowd, they don’t always result in guests leaving with a lasting memory of a particular wine label.

Wines closed with cork see increase in sales volume and value
Nielsen has released sales figures for the top 100 premium wine brands based solely on closure type, showing significant improvements for wines sealed with natural cork. Since the start of 2010, the volume market share for wines closed with cork rose 29 per cent. Alternative closures also saw an increase, but of 9 per cent in the same time period.

International writers discover food and wine ‘secrets’ in Mudgee
Mudgee has been offered up as one of the country’s premier food and wine destinations to a group of international VIPs on a gastronomic tour aimed at whetting the appetite of international travellers. Meena Thiruvengadam, Yahoo finance officer, was one of 88 food and wine writers, broadcasters, critics and bloggers touring the country. The New Yorker’s three-day tour included tastings at Mudgee’s finest cellar doors and restaurants including Lowe Wines.

Winegrowers welcome new viticulturist
NSW winegrowers will benefit from the recent appointment of a viticulture development officer, as part of a collaborative extension model between the NSW Government and the state’s wine industry. Darren Fahey said his first-up goals are to work on skills development and “seeking input from regions on what research areas growers are most interested in”.


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