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News posted on Friday, 29 September 2017

South Australian wines finish on top
After a week of rigorous judging, the results of the 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show are finally in. SA producers dominated the trophy tally, with 15 of the 25 trophies awarded to the home state at the Adelaide Showground. Source, Winetitles

Mixing wine and oysters a 'magnifique' combination
Oyster farmer Steve Feletti is a self-confessed Francophile, modelling his business at Bateman's Bay in NSW on the French oyster industry. Now, he has taken his obsession with all things Gallic a step further, producing Australia's first commercial crop of Piquepoul, a wine variety traditionally grown in the south of France as a match for oysters. Source, the, ABC

‘Drinky Bill’: Curious koala stops by winery
A curious koala has dropped by a Kangaroo Island winery for a sneaky sniff of a newly fermented wine. Video of the marsupial watching Adelaide winemaker Nick Dugmore extract a Chardonnay from a barrel was posted to YouTube earlier this week, where it has since been viewed hundreds of times. Source, Nine News

Plan to turn grape marc into vitamins
Grape skin and seed waste from winemaking - called pomace or marc - has been identified for its health value. Australia's largest vitamin maker currently imports grape seed extract from France as no high-purity product is produced in Australia, however the vitamin heavyweight has flagged interest in establishing local supply chains for its raw ingredients. Source, Sky News

Grape expectations for vineyard AI
Artificial intelligence for testing wine grape quality is predicted to boost the industry's profits and cut back on manual labour. Lincoln University is developing a computerised system with electronic sensors that can accurately count and analyse grapes to assess the number, size and distribution of grape bunches. Source,

Hawke's Bay winery nets three golds in New York
Crownthorpe winery Monowai Estate has won three gold medals and been named Hawke's Bay Winery of the Year for the second time at the New York International Wine Competition. After picking up one gold medal and two bronzes at last year's competition, Monowai Estate owner and winemaker Emma Lowe said this year's results reflected a change in attitudes towards NZ wines in America. Source, The Country

Inside Lafite’s Chinese wine project
The parent company of Château Lafite Rothschild opens up about its 10-year vineyard project in China and reveals plans to release its first Chinese fine wine next year. The Lafite China project, still known as Domaine de Penglai but likely to change name before the wine is released, is located near the city of Penglai on the Shandong Peninsula in eastern China. Source, Decanter

Learning by reading old wine books
Wine writer Susan H. Gordon explains how she can't resist reading old books about wine. "I see them as concrete preservers of timeless information and forgotten wisdom, each one a snapshot of a particular moment in wine history once deemed important enough to merit paper and ink, and a commitment of both time and finances." Source, Forbes

Crushing blow as French vineyards robbed of grapes
At least seven tonnes of grapes have been stolen in the dead of night from vineyards in France’s prime winegrowing region of Bordeaux, following a disastrous yield blamed on poor weather. Police say the theft was clearly committed by professional vintners after a mild March and frosty April resulted in a very low yield. Source, The Guardian

'Miracle' vineyard survives Italy's massive earthquake
A powerful earthquake struck this idyllic town in the Apennine Mountains 11 months ago. As thousands of people in central Italy awoke to find their towns reduced to rubble, the Coppacchioli family found most of their winery destroyed. But the Coppacchioli winery is the only producer to have put the disaster behind it so quickly. Source, worldcrunch.com.

Taylor's named world's most awarded winery
The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists' has named family-owned Taylor's Wines as the most awarded winery in the world for 2017 in a ranking of more than 50,000 producers. Three other Australian producers also made it into the top 20. Source, Winetitles

Ballinaclash Shiraz wins top trophy at Young wine show
Young winemakers Peter and Cath Mullany from Ballinaclash orchard and cellar door have won the coveted Peter Robertson Trophy for the Hilltops wine of the year. The award was presented at the Young Town Hall after a public tasting of the 56 wines entered in the Hilltops Wine Show. Source, The Young Witness

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