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News posted on Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Len Evans tutorial claims the Maurice O’Shea
The Australian Wine Industry’s most prestigious accolade – the McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award has been presented to The Len Evans Tutorial. Held every two years, the Maurice O’Shea Award recognises an individual or group for their outstanding contribution to the wine industry. This is the first time the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner has been held in conjunction with the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, which is currently underway in Adelaide.

Wine future
The Australian wine industry is discussing ways to adapt to climate change, as it meets for a major three day conference in Adelaide this week. Warmer temperatures are ripening grapes faster than ever before and throwing up questions about which varieties can be grown where.

Australia’s best wine list for 2016
fermentAsian in Tanunda, South Australia has won the Australia's ‘wine list of the year’ award for 2016 while the sommelier responsible for the winning list, Grant Dickson, received the Judy Hirst award, presented in memory of the inspirational woman who helped establish the awards.

A toast to a living legend of wine
Karl Stockhausen has celebrated another major career milestone - recently marking his 25-year association with the Mount View’s boutique Briar Ridge wine brand. The association began in 1991 when he briefly took over as Briar Ridge manager-winemaker and then became a consultant to its various winemakers, with whom he collaborated in crafting the Briar Ridge Stockhausen Signature Hunter Valley Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz wines. Today he works on the Stockhausen wines alongside Gwyn Olsen, chief winemaker of Dr John Davis’ Pepper Tree Wines group.

City vines produce first wine from a botanic garden
Wines made from grapes harvested in a tiny vineyard within a city botanic garden will be launched in South Australia in September. Produced with the support of Jacob’s Creek winemakers, the limited edition wines are believed to be the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden. The 1200 bottles of wine in two styles – a rose and a dry white – are the result of a partnership between National Wine Centre, Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Jacob’s Creek.

Challenges as Marlborough wine industry booms
Wine production in Marlborough is tipped to increase by 25 per cent over the next five years so industry leaders are meeting to today to plan for the future. The movers and shakers of the Marlborough wine industry are holding a meeting today to discuss the future of one of the country's biggest exports. Results from the recent Marlborough Labour Market Survey, a joint initiative by Wine Marlborough, New Zealand Winegrowers and Marlborough District Council, show the industry is rapidly expanding.

Project 1000 to grow jobs for Hawke’s Bay people
Project 1000; a scheme to provide 1000 new jobs for currently unemployed Hawke’s Bay workers over the next three years has been announced by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today. Project 1000 is part of Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016, which aims to accelerate job growth and raise incomes in the region.

Wineries thriving in heat
After struggling through one of the coldest summers in decades, wineries in Prince Edward County - the Canadian province of Ontario - are enjoying the heat. “With this heat, we’re on pace to have a vintage year, which happens once every ten years,” explained Anthony Auciello Jr., owner of TerraCello Winery. In the world of wine, vineyards are lucky if they get one or two outstanding growing years, he explained.

Vineyard cover crops reduce expense, save environment
Cornell researchers have advice for vineyard managers in cool and humid climates like the Northeast: cover up. Maintaining bare soil beneath vines has long been accepted management practice used to stifle competition and preserve water and nutrients for grapevines.

Denis Dubourdieu, a titan in the world of wine
Renowned winemaker, wine consultant and wine researcher Denis Dubourdieu has died in Bordeaux after prolonged illness. Named as the Decanter Magazine Man of the Year this past June, and awarded Knight of the Legion of Honor in March this year, Dubourdieu was General Director of the Institute of Vine and Wine Science at the University of Bordeaux in France. He helped re-shape modern appreciations of how the production of good wine relies not only on grapes and technical techniques, but on how land is managed.

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