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Current Issue – August 2019 (no. 667)

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The August issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker contains Part 2 of our wrap up of the 2019 harvest on both sides of the Tasman, featuring Australia’s cooler climates and those from New Zealand.

The focus of this issue is exports for Brett Murphy, general manager of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, outlines Wine Australia’s strategy to grow sales of fine Australian wine in the US over the next few months as the package enters its fourth and final year. Journalist Hans Mick then delves a little bit deeper into the future of Australian fine wine in the US.

As the cover of this issue hints, this issue also presents the results of our latest closure survey which provides a snapshot of the Australian wine industry’s current use of cork-based and screwcap closures and how this might change in the next five years. The magazine’s last closure survey was carried out in 2015 which highlighted the industry’s ongoing preference for screwcaps. The latest survey has endeavoured to see what, if anything, has changed and uncover how the closure preferences of our wineries differ between the domestic and export markets and at different price points.

On the subject of moving wine around markets, journalist Eleanor Danenberg looks at the challenges of transporting wine within Australia.


  • Australian wine exports continue to grow in value
  • Finalists announced for 2019 ASVO Viticulturist and Winemaker of the Year
  • Woolworths to separate drinks and hospitality arm/WA industry input sought to initiate review of wine tax system
  • Winemaking Tasmania acquired by Tasmanian Vintners
  • Australian 2019 vintage crushes predictions

My View

  • The quest for more shelf-space for fine Australian wines in the US


  • Trellis trials and tribulations
  • Postcard from Montepulciano
  • Introducing Wairarapa’s Young Viticulturist of the Year
  • Researchers investigate drought-tolerant Cypriot vines

Vintage Report

  • Vintage 2019: the cooler climates – PART TWO


  • WineEng 2019: Future Planning & Risk Management


  • What’s online
  • In this issue
  • Winetitles Insights
  • Wine Australia: R&D at work
  • Ask the AWRI
  • Young Gun
  • Looking back
  • Calendar
  • Marketplace classifieds


  • Yeast selection– back to basics
  • ‘Low preservative’ wines – just how low is low?
  • Small Island Wines Single Site North Pinot Noir
  • Ragazzini Rotho wine pump distributor

Ask the AWRI

  • Spoilage issues in Pinot Noir

Business & Technology

  • Lifting the lid: Australian wineries have their say in our latest closure survey
  • Capping it all off
  • Challenges of wine transport and delivery
  • Same day wine delivery service available in Australia
  • Could international parcel couriers provide small winemakers a competitive edge for overseas shipments?
  • Top challenges for the wine industry
  • What’s next for Australian fine wine in the US?
  • Producer Profile – Ashley Ratcliff

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