Category: Australia

Smoke tainted winegrapes are causing wineries to reduce their 2020 vintages

Hunter Valley winery, Tyrrell’s Wines, has made the decision to have a severely reduced 2020 vintage due to smoke-tainted grapes. Although the winery has not directly been affected by bushfire, Tyrrell’s Wines said the presence of smoke in the vineyard has reduced its 2020 vintage. Tyrrell’s has been working closely with the Australian Wine Research […]

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Global recognition for Crittenden family’s focus on sustainability and wine excellence

Mornington Peninsula-based family owned winery Crittenden Estate has received one of the world’s most significant awards recognising outstanding sustainable growing practices and wine quality. Crittenden Estate was named as the overall “platinum” winner of the 2020 BRIT/FIVS International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition, chosen in first place amongst a high calibre field of sustainability-minded wine producers from […]

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Why wine ‘smoke taint’ concerns could be a thing of the past

A wine grower in Tasmania’s Huon Valley says he has found a way to remove smoke from tainted grapes and not lose a vintage. “Essentially we discovered that need to apply three processes: table wine production, fortified wine production and distillation.”

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Wine Australia reveals AUD $500m raised in charitable donations

Wine Australia has revealed that more than AUD $500m has been raised so far in charitable donations from across the globe in relation to the devastating bushfires. “The outpour and generosity from people in Australia and across the globe has been outstanding and we really want to thank everyone, especially the UK, for their generosity,” […]

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Sample collection service for smoke taint testing

The Victorian Government is resourcing the collection and transport of grape samples for the laboratory testing of smoke taint indicator compounds. This supports Victorian grapegrowers and winemakers and the broader Victorian Wine Industry during the current bushfire crisis. The collection initiative is serviced and funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Agriculture Victoria. […]

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Windfall Wine Estate’s appeal makes headway for bushfire fundraising

Like so many, Western Australia’s Windfall Wine Estate has been horrified by the catastrophic fires that have hit Australia in recent months. In light of the recent torment of the bushfires, the wine label has opted to help fundraise by releasing 150 cases of Single-Handed rosé, which the winery aims to raise $30,000 for the […]

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Small winemakers feel the pain of Australian bushfires

Image: CNA – Tears come to Adrian Brayne’s eyes as he talks about what little he managed to save when flames engulfed his rural property.  His dog is safe and so is a small jar of soil, collected from his grandfather’s vineyards. “It’s a bit silly. But these are the things that matter,” he says. […]

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New grant for high tech equipment boosts research into food and wine and more

Researchers in South Australia are set to benefit from an almost $1million investment in mass spectrometry through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grants for 2020. More research will be invested into improving the quality and safety of food and wine, among other areas of study.

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Australia could become ‘uninsurable’ with natural disasters proliferating

At last, rain. Since September, 28 people and a billion animals have died in bushfires that have ravaged Australia. The reprieve has finally come in the form of showers but thousands of homes are ruined and fires are still burning in New South Wales and Victoria. Yet the short-term impact on the country’s economy is […]

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Tough growing season spells drop in yields for Riverland

Hot and dry conditions have made for a tough growing season in many South Australian regions, according to the state’s Riverland where harvest has begun with early Chardonnay grapes picked for sparkling wine. Early indications pointed to a lower than average yield this year due to the hot and dry conditions and a hail storm […]

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Clover Hill is the 2020 Readers’ Choice regional winner

The Clover Hill Cellar Door has been voted the 2020 Reader’s Choice Award Regional Winner. CEO Adam Torpy said, “Clover Hill continues to stay committed to delivering a unique cellar door experience that represents our amazing industry and sets a new benchmark for luxury wine destination tourism in Tasmania”. “We are fortunate to have many […]

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Repair work begins at fire ravaged Australian vineyards

Image: The Lead South Australia – Adelaide Hills grapegrowers are searching for the best solutions to get their vineyards back up and running after a bushfire hit the South Australian region last month. Hundreds of volunteers began working in affected vineyards almost immediately after the fire to reinstate irrigation systems to water hungry vines.

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Hope hangs in the air for 2020 harvest

By Anita McPherson Among those attending a workshop at Brown Brothers was David Maples from Gracebrook Wines in the King Valley. As the smoke lifted last Wednesday afternoon over his vineyard and the blue sky and clear views towards the eastern ranges returned, it brought with it some hope that all was not lost. Maples […]

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Seeing through the haze of smoke taint

By Anita McPherson The complexities of the science behind smoke taint, was shared with more than 200 grape growers and wine makers who attended an industry workshop at Brown Brothers in Milawa on Wednesday. Two of Australia’s leading researchers in the subject, Con Simos from the Australian Wine Research Institute and Professor Ian Porter from […]

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Bottled Beauties: Australian wine designs lead in international packaging design awards

Two Australian wineries and their innovative packaging will vie for the title of ‘Best of Show’ in the upcoming 49th annual Mobius Awards to be announced on 21 January. In the Mobius Package Design Awards category, family-owned Taylors Wines and Western Australia’s Larry Cherubino Wines have each had their stand-out labels judged, qualifying them for […]

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BlackRock ramps up Australian wine investments

Investment giant BlackRock has bought up more than $250 million worth of shares in Australia’s largest wine company in recent weeks, The Lead South Australia reports. Treasury Wine Estates, which owns iconic brands Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Rosemount Estate and Wynns Coonawarra Estate, announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that BlackRock had increased its stake […]

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