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Free smoke taint tests for bushfire-hit grapegrowers

As part of a $330,000 recovery package, smoke taint testing will be subsidised for Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island grape growers in the coming weeks to help them decide if they will push on towards vintage. The testing will be done by the Adelaide-based Australian Wine Research Institute and funded by the South Australian Government.

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Treasury sees “challenging US market conditions” in fiscal first half

Image: TWE – In a surprise move, Treasury Wine Estates has released results for its fiscal first half ended in December two weeks ahead of schedule. While the Australia-based wine giant saw net sales rise 2% to A$1.5 billion and EBITS climb 6% to A$367 million globally, the company said difficult conditions in the US—and […]

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Smoke taint and drought force some Hunter Valley vineyards to rethink 2020 vintage

Image: The Real Review – Some Hunter vignerons are happy with their 2020 vintage but key producers Tyrrell’s, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, Brokenwood, Meerea Park and the Davis Wine Group have been hard hit by the double whammy of smoke taint and drought.

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Australian shares tumble over fears China’s coronavirus could damage economy

Shares in Australian companies closely linked to the Chinese economy tumbled on Tuesday morning amid fears the deadly coronavirus outbreak could smash a tourism sector already reeling from the summer’s unprecedented bushfires.

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NZ winemakers may have to swap grape varieties due to climate change

As temperatures rise and seasons change, the regions of the world that are suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by half or more, new research has found. However, the losses can be mitigated to an extent if winemakers swap the types of grapes they grow.

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Wine is under threat from climate change, so change to hardier grapes, experts warn

Global warming threatens up to 85 percent of the world’s wine-growing regions, a study has shown. Multiple studies suggest many of the world’s regions that are suitable for planting wine grapes could be lost to climate change, yet new research indicates that swapping out the traditional fruits for more drought- and heat-tolerant varieties can offer […]

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Beer, wine and spirit makers pledge age-restriction labels on drinks

Twelve leading beer, wine and spirits companies have pledged to put clear age-restriction labels on their drinks and set tighter controls on access to their online content in a bid to reduce underage drinking. The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking says age-restriction symbols or wording would be in place in all markets by 2024.

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America’s top charity wine auctions raised $44.1 million in 2019

Many of the United States’ top charity auctions enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2019. Wine lovers became local heroes as 13 auctions topped the $1 million mark in live bids, earning a spot on Wine Spectator’s annual list of top charity wine events. Those highest-earning events raised a combined $44.1 million in live bids for […]

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Regulation of Napa and Sonoma winery production and visitor growth enters new phase

Napa and Sonoma counties are closer to resolving some key issues that have been simmering and, at times, boiling over on how to regulate the growth of wine business operations. The Napa County Board of Supervisors is set to get its second look at an ordinance that creates a new category of use permits for […]

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Genetic marking discovery improves fruit quality, bolsters climate defences

Transferring genetic markers in plant breeding is a challenge, but a team of grapevine breeders and scientists at Cornell University have come up with a powerful new method that improves fruit quality and acts as a key defence against pests and a changing climate.

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Hard seltzers & cannabis threaten to entice younger drinkers away from wine

Image: Healthline – Hard seltzers are soaring, attracting consumers with their low calorie image and bright branding. Cannabis drinks look set to battle wine for the attention of younger consumers – and this is all against the backdrop of declining wine volumes.

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How wine and beer bottles are going green

Image: The Spirited Biz – For years, winemakers and brewers have been touting sustainability initiatives in their vineyards and fields, and through energy-saving efforts in their facilities. But now consumers want more, especially as they begin to understand how much of wine and beer’s carbon footprint stems from packaging and shipping.

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Augmented reality on every Australian wine in 2020

Every Australian wine will have the benefit of augmented reality, as a ground-breaking smartphone App prepares to launch worldwide. From April 2020, consumers with the Winerytale app will be able to scan the label of almost any Australian wine label to see the story of the wine and the winery come to life with stunning […]

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Wine industry welcomes bushfire impact support

Wine Victoria has welcomed $2.5million in State Government support to help winemakers and grapegrowers deal with the impacts of bushfires and bushfire smoke across the state. Wine Victoria chair Angie Bradbury said the funding would provide vital support for industry to assess the impacts of bushfire smoke on wine grapes at a critical time in […]

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Margaret River region bands together to support Australia’s bushfire-affected communities

Although thousands of kilometres from the bushfires, the Margaret River community, like everyone, has been really moved by the impact on the environment and loss faced by their friends and industry colleagues in other regions of Australia. The Margaret River wine and tourism industries have donated over 50 auction lots to the Margaret River Region […]

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Wine institute central to bushfire clean-up strategy

The Australian Wine Research Institute is supporting growers in their fight against the effects of smoke taint in their grapes. Australia’s bushfire crisis has cost lives, homes and livelihoods. Now it’s time for the clean-up and to assess the damage the environment has meted out on the people who farm vineyards.

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