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News posted on Monday, 26 October 2015

Contract Winemaking – Watershed Premium Wines
Watershed Premium Wines is pleased to announce that is now offering contract winemaking services in Margaret River. To make enquiries for the 2016 vintage please contact Watershed’s Head Winemaker, Severine Logan on (08) 9758 8633 or by email: [email protected]

Portavin Launches Expansive New Website
Portavin celebrates continued growth and greater products and service offerings with the launch of an impressive new website at www.portavin.com.au. The company, which has become Australia’s leading wine bottling and packaging specialists, developed the new site as an informative resource for wine producers to easily access information on all aspects of bottling, packaging and distributing wine both domestically and internationally.

Horticultural exporters fear impact of new fee plan as government postpones restructure
AUSTRALIA’S fruit and vegetable growers are still waiting to find out how much they will be charged for export certification and biosecurity service as the Federal Government ¬delays implementation of the new scheme. The Government has moved the start date from November 1 to December 1 this year. However, the final cost-recovery implementation statements for biosecurity and export certification fees and charges are still to be released.

Canberra region's businesses optimistic about TPP
The ACT's peak business advocacy body has welcomed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, saying it could help the city's services sector and region's agribusinesses tap into opened-up international markets. Reductions in tariffs for wine, beef and dairy were the most obvious agribusiness opportunities for those in the region. Shaw Vineyard Estate owner Graeme Shaw said he understood the trade deal would reduce red tape and should increase awareness of Australian produce. "Anything that minimises red tape and makes export easier, I'm all for it.”

Organic crops a simple option
PRODUCING quality organic crops at home is as simple as composting and mulching regularly, according to award-winning organic wine producer Sam Statham. He shared this advice at a community seminar on organic living at the Whitsunday Sailing Club on Thursday morning. He spoke alongside representatives from Eco Barge and Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD).

App to help manage grapevines
A new, free phone app developed by University of Adelaide researchers will help grapegrowers and viticulturists manage their vines by giving a quick measure of vine canopy size and density. The iPad and iPhone app uses the devices' camera and GPS capability to calculate the size and density of the vine canopy and its location in the vineyard. The aim is to help users monitor their vines and manage the required balance between vegetative growth and fruit production.

Support for industry body from winemakers and growers
New Zealand wine makers and grape growers have shown strong support to continue funding their industry body, New Zealand Winegrowers. Eighty-seven percent of the organisation's 700 winery members and 90 percent of its 850 growers have voted in favour of keeping the grape levy. New Zealand Winegrowers collects levies from member funding, on the sale of wine by the Wine Institute, and on the sale of grapes collected by the Grape Growers Council.

Vintners forge path into East
China is a very big place. And very big places that go through an evolutionary period of intense development and subsequent demand for things fine and sophisticated can become very big markets. Put simply, China is now believed to be among the top five wine-consuming countries in the world.

Japan's Nagano winery aims to take on the world
TOKYO - At a wine-colored building on a small hill, roughly 10 minutes by car from Suzaka city in Nagano Prefecture, ripe grapes were waiting to be picked in its field, and about 40 wine casks sat in the basement. "I want a more spacious, well-equipped storage house, but this is the best I can do for now," said a smiling Shigeyuki Kusunoki, president of Kusunoki Winery, as he looked at the sweet-smelling wine casks. He founded Kusunoki Winery, the city's only winery, when he was 53.

Cornell grape research boosted by $6 million grant
The ancient art of grape growing is getting a high-tech boost thanks to Cornell University research and a $6 million federal grant. The grant money, part of the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, will fund a four-year project to develop and implement digital mapping technology. The project aims to bring precision viticulture technology to growers of various scales, cultivating all grape species, with the potential to spur gains for the U.S juice, wine, raisin and table grape industries.

Wine prices up, wine quality down in 2016?
Don’t expect good news for wine prices or wine quality in 2016, and it’s more than my curmudgeonly cynicism saying so. The wine industry’s best price forecaster expects price increases next year, while a wine blogger who has been spot on about decreasing quality over the last couple of years sees more of the same. Wine prices, says Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank, will go up slightly next year, citing what looks to be a reduced harvest in California over the past three blockbusters, low gasoline prices, and producer optimism that they can raise prices.

Clinets Plateau Vineyard available to aspiring winemakers
VINIV has added Pomerol to its portfolio which will allow wine enthusiasts to produce their own barrels from the appellation. The announcement follows the recent additions of vineyards located at Château Lynch-Bages, Château Giscours and Château de Tertre for the Bordeaux-based company who through its agents Berry Bros in Hong Kong and the UK, enables customers to produce and bottle their own wine.

Pinot Noir key to elegance in Champagne
Pinot Noir brings “elegance” to Champagne, not “heaviness”, according to Veuve Clicquot chef de caves, Dominique Demarville. Although the red grape is associated with riper fruit flavours and lower acidity than its primary blending partner in top-end Champagnes, Chardonnay, Demarville dismissed the misconception that Pinot Noir would bring too much weight to sparkling wine, even when the blend is almost entirely devoted to the variety, at a tasting in London yesterday.

October 2015 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The October 2015 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now – and is available online for all subscribers. This month we bring you a nation-wide survey which assesses the preferred closure method among grapegrowers and winemakers, with an added look at how consumers play a role in the final decision. The landscape and vineyards of the Murray Basin are also featured with an article by David Farmer who writes about the importance of the region to the Australian wine industry.

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