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News posted on Friday, 28 April 2017

Wine smoke taint experiments
New research in to the effect of smoke taint on a vineyard is currently being conducted in the Mansfield Shire. The research is extremely rare and aims to provide some relief to grapegrowers who suffer from crop loss due to back-burning. Source, The Mansfield Courier.

Burn offs on hold to help late harvest
Efforts by WA’s bush firefighters to meet their burning targets have paused because of an exceptionally late vintage. Concerns from smoke taint have been holding back controlled burning, which increases the risk of future uncontrolled fires. Source, The West.

Help for Riverland hail damage
Following the hail event, Riverland Wine approached Minister Bignell with an offer to assist Government in resurrecting the FaBS program that operated as part of the drought response. That offer was enthusiastically accepted and matched by Government. Source, Riverland Wine.

Barossa showcases sustainable vineyards
Several Landcare and natural resource management projects across the Barossa were showcased to Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker and Barker MP Tony Pasin yesterday. Source, West Coast Sentinel.

Agfest grows in Tasmania
The distinctly Tasmanian event is a three-day affair, held outside Launceston, and it attracts just under 60,000 people each year. Its continued growth is promising for attracting newcomers to the Agriculture industry. Source, The Weekly Times.

A very late season for grapes in Otago
This year’s harvest is ripening slowly in Waitaki Valley’s vineyards. The season will be remembered as a difficult one thanks to the weather, Waitaki Valley Wine Growers Association chairman Andrew Ballantyne said. Source, Otago Daily Times.

Underrated vineyard site fights off bad weather
The owners of the vineyard believed the limestone terrain of the region would likely be looked at more closely by other winemakers as an alternative vineyard site, as it could offer more protection to "help fruit come through" when conditions were affected by weather. Source, Hawkes Bay Today.

Orange is the new white in Finger Lakes
Orange wine, also known as amber or skin-fermented white, is a growing phenomenon at some Finger Lakes wineries. Praised by some makers as a white that drinks like a red. Source, New York Upstate.

Frost devastates Bordeaux
Bordeaux is the latest region to weather frost conditions, following Burgundy and Champagne. Damage reports are incomplete so far, mainly because winegrowers are busy preparing anti-frost measures but the coming nights are expected to bring more cold weather. Source, Wine Spectator.

China's wine imports for quarter one
China’s wine imports reached 151.1 million litres in the first quarter of the year, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.7%, while its imports value have dropped by 1.6%, the latest figures from the Chinese Customs have shown. Source, The Drinks Business.

Paper wasps potential problem for industry
Come harvest season, wine makers have grown accustomed to looking for the telltale signs of a common but devastating threat: black mold and spores combined with a distinct acidic smell. But how it spreads is still being explored. Source, Science Blog.

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