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News posted on Monday, 20 March 2017

Laser technology to protect vines from birds
Using a laser beam to control birds might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but workers at an Adelaide Hills vineyard hope the technology will save their grapes from the flying pests. Shaw and Smith is one of a handful of Australian vineyards trailing the use a laser that sends out a random series of light patterns across the vineyard and into nearby trees to scare the birds away.

Moores Hill Estate's solar-powered winery
Fiona Weller and Julian Allport didn’t set out to create a solar-powered winery. But as they picked and processed their first vintages of the season last week, that’s exactly what they’ve achieved. It was a journey that began in 2015, Weller said.

Vineyards warned to be vigilant
Vineyard operators have been reminded to implement best practice biosecurity measures when entering and leaving properties as vintage ramps up across Victoria. Damien Sheehan, Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee chairman, said best practice vineyard biosecurity was the responsibility of the vineyard owner or manager, and the best place to implement it was at the farm gate.

Tackle the scourge of gazanias
Celebrity gardeners aren’t joking when they describe gazanias as hardy plants suited to a range of tough environments. Unfortunately, that’s not such good news when you’re trying to get rid of them. Gazanias have become such a problem to some grapegrowers that the Riverland Wine Viticulture Technical Group (RWVTG) organised a comprehensive two-year trial to work out how best to eradicate them.

New Margaret River marketing director
The Margaret River Wine Association has appointed Amanda Whiteland to the newly-created position of marketing director. A south-west local, Whitehead brings a wealth of global wine marketing experience having worked in marketing roles both domestically and internationally for 20 years.

Dropping grapes: Heartbreaking way to better wine
Yesterday in the vineyard was the green cut or final thinning; the time you take out a varying quantity of grapes, depending on what mother nature has thrown at this particular vintage. Certain weather conditions will bring greater numbers of bunches per vine and heavier weights of bunches. All of this is critical to the winemaker to ensure they get the best product for them to weave their magic in the winemaking process.

Queensberry now on NZ wine map
The official opening of Archangel Wine Tasting Lounge and Cellar Door sees the relatively new Central Otago winery formally put the sub-region of Queensberry on New Zealand’s wine map. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Wanaka, on Queensberry Terrace in the Upper Clutha Valley of Central Otago,

Is the US wine boom over?
What if the 40-year-long US wine boom, which increased wine consumption threefold and turned that country into the world’s biggest wine market, is over? And what if the end of the wine boom means US consumption grows only as much as the increase in the country’s drinking-age population, about 1% a year?

Prosecco sales: Forecast growth
Prosecco sales are forecast to grow 17.3% to 8.3 million cases by 2020 and Brits’ insatiable thirst for the Italian sparkler will prop up an otherwise declining category. IWSR research shows that still UK wine volume sales have fallen 6.3% since 2011, and it anticipates they will fall another 1.6% by 2020. But that loss of 1.9 million cases will be compensated by sparkling wine sales growing by 2.4 million cases, with Prosecco in the driving seat.

Out of the vineyard: 'Farm to glass' wine
If you want to know where wine comes from, just ask Tom Gore. The second-generation Sonoma County grape farmer grew up harvesting grapes with his father and has managed vineyards for wineries such as Simi and Clos du Bois.

Burgundy's other white grape
Burgundy is most famous for its impeccable and highly regarded Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but little attention is paid to the smaller plantings of other varietals with official status in specific areas within its Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC).

Get Your Discount Code Here: IBWSS London Pre-Registration Now Open
The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is an annual trade show and conference, open to trade professionals only, and is set to take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, UK. Please fill out your contact information here and get a special launch code that will give you a flat 40% discount on Exhibitor pricing for IBWSS London 2018 show.

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