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News posted on Friday, 21 August 2015

Wine tax rebate rorts distorting industry, discussion paper says
A wine tax rebate costing more than $300 million a year is distorting the industry and being widely exploited by wholesalers, distributors and “virtual winemakers”, a government discussion paper has found. A review into the wine equalisation tax (WET) to be released by Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg today, has revealed widespread rorting of the subsidy scheme, which allows winemakers — including New Zealand producers — to access a tax rebate of up to $500,000.

Wine producers start planning for possibility of El Nino's severe frosts
It could not have been a better start to the season for wine producers in the central west of New South Wales. There have been decent snowfalls to set fruit, dams are full of water for irrigation and the soil moisture profile is full. But this could all come undone very quickly if the threat of El Nino eventuates late this year. Local producers have grown increasingly nervous about the severe frosts predicted by the weather bureau and are already starting to prepare.

Blue Pyrenees and Taltarni among seven Australian wineries to attend VITeff exhibition in Champagne
TWO wineries from Victoria’s Pyrenees will represent Australia at the world’s most prestigious sparkling wine conference in France later this year. Blue Pyrenees and Taltarni are two of just seven Australian wineries chosen to attend the VITeff exhibition in Champagne — the birthplace of sparkling wine. Both wineries were established by French winemakers in the 1960s and specialise in making traditional sparkling wine, which they submitted to VITeff hoping for a chance to show off their efforts on the world stage in October.

WA couple make Queensland winery tree-change
It was one of those moments where even though moving to the other side of the country sounded crazy, for Josh Phillips and Zoe Young it was about diving in the deep end and taking on the challenge of running a winery in Queensland. For some people the idea of a desk job doesn't quite cut it. They need to feel the soil between their toes and the brush of the breeze on their face.

Adelaide researches are converting grapes into biofuel
The University of Adelaide released findings yesterday that indicate the solid waste left over from winemaking could make a competitive biofuel. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the researchers showed that up to 400 litres of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of a tonne of grape marc. Global wine production leaves an estimated 13 million tonnes of grape marc waste each year. Nationally it is estimated that several hundred thousand tonnes are generated annually and it is generally disposed of at a cost to the winery.

Judges gearing up for Bragato Wine Awards 2015
A 12 strong judging team, including international judge Dan Sims, is gearing up to judge almost 600 entries for this year’s Bragato Wine Awards in Hawke’s Bay. Sims started out in the Australian wine industry as a sommelier and is a well-respected wine commentator, educator, and promoter based in Melbourne. Known for being outspoken on the subject of making the world of wine accessible, Sims is currently focused on producing large scale events for wine drinkers that are informative and interactive.

Top viticulturists to vie for title
Massey University's beef research team put GPS collars on 30 cows within three herds of 20-30 cows and monitored their movements over two winters, as part of a project looking at pugging and cows' environmental impactFOUR of the grapegrowing industry's finest prospects will be lining up in Hawke's Bay next week battling for the title of national Young Viticulturist of the Year.

Prosecco bursts Champagne's bubble as Britain's sparkling wine of choice
The Italian sparkling wine prosecco has overtaken champagne for the first time in Britain, with sales far outstripping its French rival, according to research. Sales of prosecco jumped 72 per cent in value in the year to mid-July, reaching £339m (A$725m), the research company IRI found. “Prosecco is a fashionable drink that provides a cheaper and excellent quality alternative to champagne,” said IRI alcoholic drinks analyst Toby Magill.

Embrace wine diversity
In a perfect wine world, winemakers would only make wine from fully ripened grapes. But winemakers must often deal with fruit that is less ripe or too ripe. Just as growers must often manipulate fruit quality in the vineyard, winemakers, too, have techniques they can use to improve fruit quality. Veteran winemaker Brian Carter recently explained how to overcome some of the challenges presented by grapes that are under- or overripe.

Vineyard crop control research helps fruit quality and growers
PORTLAND, US - The Lake Erie grape belt, a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) which runs from Buffalo to Erie, PA, is the largest AVA in the eastern U.S. with over 19 million grape vines in production. Each winter season when most western New Yorkers are digging out from sequential lake effect snow storms, grape growers in the region are doing one of the most important and expensive management practices, dormant vine pruning.

Bulgaria expects double increase in grape harvest this year
Despite the drought, Bulgaria expects the harvest of grape to reach around 200 million kilogrammes, which will represent a double increase compared to last year. This was announced by the chairperson of the National Vine and Wine Chamber Radoslav Radev in an interview for Trud daily. According to him, the expectations are both for good quantity and good quality of the grape harvest.

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