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Growers urged to seek better grape prices

Winegrape growers in the Murray Darling and Swan Hill regions are being urged to seek improved final prices for vintage 2020 amid some of the major wineries releasing what are described as below par prices for the coming vintage. Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) chairman, Peter Crisp, says growers should not take the first offer made […]

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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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NZ winery among global IWCA roster in mission to decarbonise global wine industry

International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) has announced four new applicant wineries have committed to tackle the severity of the climate crisis by taking immediate action to reduce their carbon emissions. The wineries include Yealands Wine Group (New Zealand), Spottswoode Estate (US), Symington Family Estates (Portugal) and VSPT Wine Group (Chile). Founded in February 2019 […]

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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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Wine consumers are caring about wine category over knowledge

Despite decreasing levels of wine knowledge, the world’s wine consumers are caring more about the category, according to Wine Intelligence’s 2020 Global Trends in Wine report. Global Trends in Wine 2020, published this week, discloses how consumers in the world’s major consumption markets for wine have become increasingly involved with the wine category. Conversely, consumers’ […]

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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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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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Adaptation and resilience no longer enough

The Federal Government is putting Australia’s economic and food security at risk if it continues to ignore science, farmers say as a new report finds the 2010s were the world’s hottest decade on record. Farmers for Climate Action deputy chair and Crookwell sheep producer, Charlie Prell, said, “We’re facing unprecedented heatwaves, unprecedented fires and, given […]

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Technology to transform vineyard management

Helping grapegrowers optimise their irrigation water use will be one of the first outcomes of a $5 million digital technologies project supporting on-farm decision making for winegrape production. A digital platform called VitiVisor will collect information direct from the vineyard via cameras and sensors and analyse the large amounts of data produced to assess vineyard […]

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International Wine Challenge China partners with JD.com

The partnership means that all wine producers awarded medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Commended) in IWC China 2020 will be offered the chance to sell to Chinese wine buyers or consumers directly through JD.com. After liaising with the online retailer, medal-winning producers will be able to decide the best approach to entering the Chinese […]

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Total fee relief for bushfire affected certified organic & biodynamic operators

Southern Cross Certified (SXC) is waiving up to 100% of the certification and audit fees for any currently certified organic or biodynamic (BD) operator that has been affected by the devastating bushfires that have ravaged many parts of Australia since October 2019. SXC will waive organic/BD audit and certification fees for operators who can demonstrate […]

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Frequent wine drinking population in the US in decline

Led by younger consumers, though overall participation in wine category up, the number of US consumers drinking wine at least once a month has declined by 11 million, according to the Wine Intelligence US Landscapes 2020 report. In the report, the research agency estimates a monthly (or ‘regular’) wine drinking population of 77 million in […]

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