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News posted on Friday, 15 December 2017

Tasmanian researcher 'reinvents winemaking'
Scenes of people stomping on wine grapes in huge barrels might be a thing of past, with winemakers around the world set to use a maceration technique developed by Tamar Valley viticulture researcher Dr Angela Sparrow. Source, The Advocate.

Heritage vineyard irrigation gets recognition
At the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) triennial conference held in Mexico in October 2017 the Bleasdale Vineyards floodgate, nominated by Irrigation Australia Limited, was accepted for inclusion in the ICID heritage irrigation structure register. Source, Winetitles.

Deviation Road's 'inviting aromatics'
This column recently discussed the very wise adage of always having a bottle of sparkling wine/Champagne in the fridge should unexpected guests pop around or you just need a bit of a pick-me-up. It’s sound advice that has stood the test of time. Source, The Adelaide Review.

Winemaker profile: Vanessa Altmann
Behind a defunct timber yard at the edge of Nairne in the Adelaide Hills sits an inconspicuous iron shed. The modest setting, nestled between a disused meat factory and a quiet residential street, is home to some of the state’s most exciting wines. Source, Broadsheet.

Swan River Seaplanes bring Margaret River closer
"Often we have joked about flying into the region for the weekend, just as we had seen the chefs helicopter in during the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. So when the opportunity presented itself, I wasn’t about to deny myself the chance for a same-day visit usually reserved for those with much deeper pockets than my own." Source, The Southern Gazette.

English wine body becomes WineGB
The national body for the English and Welsh wine industry has announced its new official name today: Wines of Great Britain, although it will use the shortened ‘WineGB’ in all its communications. This includes the website, which will be launched in January 2018 as wineGB.co.uk Source, The Drinks Business.

Icewine harvest underway
Grand River Valley Region wine makers are harvesting and pressing grapes for their internationally renowned ice wines. One of the first harvests of Vidal Blanc ice wine grapes is already being pressed at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante on Route 307 in Harpersfield. Source, The Star Beacon.

Proposed new labels will drive up prices
A group representing wine importers and distributors has warned that proposed new labels for bottles will drive up prices and reduce choice for Irish wine drinkers. The warning, from the Irish Wine Association (IWA), comes the day before the Alcohol Bill is due before the Seanad. Source, The Independent.

Hong Kong's most popular wine by the glass
For a long time a restaurant’s wine by the glass programme was an afterthought, a quick and convenient way to dispose of half opened bottles or make a bit of extra money out of cheaper wines; a chance to make a quick profit from drinkers who didn’t want to commit to a whole bottle. But that’s not necessarily the case any more in Hong Kong. Source, The Drinks Business.

Land value keeps energy investment in black
Land value speculation is the only thing keeping an energy company's foray into the wine industry in the black. Marlborough Lines paid $89.2 million for 80 per cent of Yealands Wine Group in 2015, scooping up more than 1000 hectares of prime coastal vineyard near Seddon in the process. Source, Stuff.

Grant sees solar recycling shine
For some, the festive season means indulging in a tipple or two. This could lead to a bumper crop of empty wine bottles in the recycling bin. In the past, workers at the Whangaparaoa Community Recycling Centre would have to endure some back-breaking work to get the empties into a storage bin to send off. Source, Stuff.


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