Grapegrower & Winemaker
Grapegrower & Winemaker
Grapegrower & Winemaker, Australia's longest established and most authoritative wine industry journal covering Australia and New Zealand.
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As vintage gets underway early in some Aussie regions and attention becomes increasingly focused on the vines, this February issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker provides guidance to operators when it comes to those vital workhorses: vineyard tractors. We invited leading tractor suppliers to put forward their latest and greatest models to help those who may be looking to upgrade their machinery. With the weather continuing to confound and irritate many – with temperature and moisture levels swinging erratically throughout our so-called ‘summer’ – we present research from the University of Adelaide on getting the ‘national mix’ of Australia’s winegrape varieties right in the face of the changing climate. Heading into the winery, we learn more about plant-based alternative fining agents, with a focus on microplastic-free options. Meantime, Sonya Logan investigates the surfacing of vermifiltration in the wine industry, an environmentally friendly process that utilises earthworms to treat winery wastewater. We speak to Canberra district winemaker Stephanie Helm for this month’s Young Gun column, while we learn the story of Yarra Yering’s Underhill Shiraz for Behind the Top Drops. Journalist Meg Riley lifts the esky lid on what could be a fresh spin on spare grapes: chilled summer reds. HR contributor Ilga Horvat provides her expertise to wine business operators on ‘navigating the recruitment maze’.
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Passito has roots in ancient traditions in Europe and, like many ancient traditions, is over-ripe for innovation in Australian winemaking. Journalist Harrison Davies looked at producers in Australia who are using new techniques to craft this ancient beverage.
Tash Arthur is plotting her own course through the wine industry by flagrantly ignoring trends and making wines that she wants to drink. Arthur is the embodiment of what makes Australian wine unique and provides an alternative voice to the medium bodied wine drum that is being beaten across the country. Harrison Davies spoke with her about her career and her label.
Image: Growth in the Crittenden Estate mid-row 1982 was the start of the Crittenden story. While the family might not have known it then, the