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News posted on Monday, 25 September 2017

Research to use bacteria in revolutionary ways
A new Lincoln Agritech research program will find revolutionary ways of using naturally-occurring bacteria and fungi to increase the availability of nitrogen to plants and improve tolerance to stress. A second program will work towards naturally removing ‘off’ flavours in wine. Source, Winetitles.

Blending vintage past in to the future
The Tyrrells have been here since 1858, when Edward purchased the land and called it Ashmans. Bruce Tyrrell is the fourth generation of family winemakers. “My job’s to hand it on to the next generation, and hopefully teach the one after that a few things," he said. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Faber Vineyard celebrates 20 years
John Griffiths and Jane Micallef have had a 20-year love affair with the Swan Valley. In 1997 they borrowed everything to establish their Faber Vineyard. It's been hard work ever since for the husband-and-wife team, but they have grown to love the region and have made lasting contributions to its legacy. Source, WA Today.

McWilliams exports finest wines to Asian tables
With wine culture on the rise in China and the Asia-Pacific, McWilliam’s Wines has established itself as one of the region’s most trusted brands. McWilliam’s Wines has been present in China over the past 25 years and exports wines to Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Source, South China Morning Post.

Yarra Valley Wine Show results
At the Wine Show Trophy Presentation Lunch on September 22, Chair of Judges Philip Rich, remarked that “One of the highlights from this year’s show was the overall quality of the Cabernet classes and Shiraz. In my three years as chair, there has never been more gold medal wines in these classes”. Source, Winetitles.

Terrior is key for top Chilean winery
Geography is key in the making of Chile's flagship icon wine Don Melchor, says head winemaker Enrique Tirado. The Puente Alto vineyard, where Don Melchor is made, has a unique location at the foot of the Andes mountain range in Chile and on the north bank of the Maipo River. Source, The Straits Times.

Azerbaijani wine awarded bronze medal in Korea
Azerbaijan’s “Savalan” wine has been awarded a bronze medal at Korea Wine Challenge. This year 810 wines from 23 countries were registered in total at Korea Wine Challenge. Savalan Syrah Special Edition wine by Aspi Winery won a bronze medal. Source, Azer News.

US wine regions giving Napa a run for its money
Napa and Sonoma valleys have been the darlings of America’s wine production for decades, crafting one award-winning varietal after another. Now, they have some competition. From the East Coast to the Midwest, pockets of excellent vineyards are continuing to grow in popularity and production, giving the beloved California wineries some much-needed rivalry. Source, Architectural Design.

Vineyard beats bad weather for 'best ever' vintage
A wine producer near Malmesbury is celebrating a fine vintage despite this year’s harsh conditions for the crop. Bow-in-the-Cloud vineyard say they have not been hit hard by the severe spring frost that damaged fruit buds across the country. Source, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.

America's love affair with Kiwi wines
It’s hard to imagine a better confluence of trends for New Zealand wine in the U.S. – now the world’s largest wine market with annual sales of US$60 billion. New York PR director, New Zealander Jane Vesty, says our wines can ride the ‘premiumization’ trend. Source, Rural News Group.

Kiwi winemakers get star treatment
The lads from Invivo wines, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, have conquered the London market with their partnership with Graham Norton, and this week they intend to conquer the other side of the Atlantic with a big party in New York. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Kauri early barrel order offer for Vintage 2018
Kauri is offering fantastic early order savings on Saury’s range of oak barrels.

Thinking of buying or selling? Seek expert help
When selling or buying a vineyard or winery it’s crucial that you engage a solicitor with substantial wine industry experience.

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