Quarter of our wines face Chinese ban

With most wineries turning their eyes to China as the big hope for the industry's long-term export future news that Chinese regulations on manganese in wines has been sending shockwaves through the industry.
Greg Howell at Vintessential Laboratories says although this is a problem often beyond the control of winemakers it still means the lucrative Chinese market could be off-limits to almost a quarter of all Australian wine.
Howell says more than 23 per cent of the hundreds of wines recently tested for manganese at Vintessential are over the new limit of 2mg/L (ppm) imposed by China.
This testing was recommended by Wine Australia for any wines exported to that market because wines are being rejected at Chinese ports - and in some cases destroyed.
The full story appears in the May issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine.
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