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News posted on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Biosecurity Queensland warns spray drift can cause damage and cost you money
It is important when spraying agricultural chemicals that users follow label instructions to minimise the risk of chemical sprays drifting and damaging sensitive crops or affecting human health. Chris Inwood, Senior Crop Protection Officer for Biosecurity Queensland, said that talking to neighbours, consultants and contractors before spraying commences is imperative.

Wines with low sugar-free extract are being rejected in China
Sugar-free extract is the latest unfamiliar expression to pass the lips of exporters of wine to China. This obscure test was the largest cause of wine being rejected by Chinese authorities last year. In this article Greg Howell, from Vintessential Laboratories, explains this test and make recommendations on what exporters should do to ensure that they have no technical problems getting their wine into China.

The best wines of 2015
There are many in the Australian wine industry who can't wait to see the back of 2015. While vintage conditions across the country were generally good, and no doubt some cracker wines were made, it was other matters that weighed on the minds of those in wine. Mostly they had to do with profit and taxes. In July, the Winemakers' Federation of Australia released a bombshell of a report naming the least profitable regions across the country

Cider goes hand-in-hand with wine
The start of 2015 was tough for Adelaide Hills apple cider and wine producer Kersbrook Hill. The Sampson Flat fires caused the loss of their sheds and vineyards, but with the help of the community, Kersbrook Hill owner Paul Clark has managed to rebuild the estate and continue to produce small-batch wines and basket-pressed cider.

December 2015 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The December 2015 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now – and is available online for all subscribers. This month we bring you an in-depth feature on the greatest milestones and achievements within the Australian wine industry over the past 12 months, highlighting the major news stories of 2015. We also have a chat to consultant viticulturist Liz Riley about Kaolin-based sunscreen and how it can be used as a tool to help wine grape growers protect their valuable crops.

Why not diversify into CIDER!
ABEVE were appointed the distributors for Niko cider equipment and have already installed their first line of apple and pear processing equipment into the Adelaide Hills in 2014. Most of the Australian operating wineries have half of the necessary equipment (pumps, tanks, filters & refrigeration) to start processing apples and pears for cider.

Chinese viticulture student loves 'second home' Marlborough
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology student Shixiang "Adora" Wu is passionate about wine. She graduated with a diploma in viticulture and wine production last Friday, along with students in subjects as diverse as aeronautical engineering, hairdressing and carpentry. Wu, who worked as a journalist in China for several years, said she was keen to get into the marketing side of the industry. She grew curious about the wine industry when she visited Marlborough while travelling through New Zealand.

Babich unveils most exclusive wine in its history
Babich Wines, one of New Zealand’s longest surviving, family owned wine brands, has produced the most exclusive wine in its history to celebrate its upcoming 100 year anniversary. 100 magnums and 330 standard bottles of special edition 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon are available for a limited time. The wine comes in a highly designed box with a certificate personally signed by Managing Director, Joe Babich adding to its authenticity and uniqueness. Each bottle has an ultra-high end cork and is hand waxed.

Lodi winegrape commission referendum OK’d by growers
Winegrape growers in the Lodi appellation apparently like what their local marketing agency is doing. They have approved by a 90.2 percent to 9.8 percent vote continuing to pay for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Local growers first voted to fund the Lodi Winegrape Commission in 1991 and every five years growers have the opportunity to vote on continuation of the Commission’s efforts.

New wine service launches with ban on baffling wine language
Taste4, a new online wine service, has banned the ten least understood wine words from its marketing, following an extensive consumer survey. Fewer than five per cent of the 2,000 wine drinkers surveyed would use terms such as vegetal, hollow, herbaceous, unctuous, terroir or legs to describe wine. The other four words on the banned list- quaffable, tart, nose and bouquet- were only approved by between 10% and 20%.

Chinese wine: imitation's stunting progress
HELANSHAN – In a country renowned for forgery, winemaker José Hernández worries China's burgeoning viniculture industry will suffer from blatant copying of Bordeaux's output. China has the world's second-largest grape growing area, but experts say its winemakers need to innovate rather than imitate established European or New World regions if they are ever to join their ranks.

Millennials and wine: A new generation grows up
Marketers have known for years that millennials are the future of the wine business. Defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as those born between 1982 and 2000, millennials number 83.1 million—a quarter of the population of the United States. Although some haven’t yet reached legal drinking age, the millennial demographic as a whole is larger than the baby-boom generation—and it has very different wine tastes, driven by a passion for quality, authenticity and discovery.


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