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
Punchdowns, pumpovers and rack and returns sometimes don’t introduce enough aeration to red wine fermentations to achieve a winemaker’s desired wine style. For those winemakers,
The story of Grenache is not dissimilar from that of the ugly duckling. It was long misunderstood but has seen a resurgence in recent years that has brought it to the forefront of Australian winemaking. Harrison Davies explores how the stars aligned for this long ignored variety to enter the spotlight.
The pandemic has impacted industries around the world, with the Australian wine sector being hit hard. But despite cellar doors, and regional tourism, remaining shuttered
Much has been published by local and international media outlets in recent months about no and low (NOLO) alcohol wine. While several studies have reported
Regional sustainability through the lens of adapting packaging to the 21st century
By Tim Nowell-Usticke, director of WineWorks NZ
Cover: Mount Pleasant’s Lovedale vineyard. Photo: Chris Elfes It’s been an historic year for Hunter Valley-based Mount Pleasant — not only is it celebrating 100
Have you ever tasted a Kangaroo Island wine? Nick Dugmore of The Stoke Wines is on a mission to make sure you do, with the Guroo Wine Project. Rhys Howlett explains.
While it has advanced and changed over time, oak remains a central pillar of winemaking, maturing countless styles of wine, and imparting flavour and aroma
Do oak supply problems have winemakers over a barrel? Stephen Henschke says ordering in advance has been the key to ensuring oak supplies arrive on
Airborne Logic setting up an accurate ground control point for drone based mapping of a vineyard By Oli Madgett, Hans Loder, Che Wightwick, Ian Beecher-Jones,
John Forrest, from Forrest Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand, with The Doctors’ range of wines. Winemakers may not like to drink them let alone acknowledge
High natural acidity in wine is something typical of the Italian red powerhouses Barbera, Nero d’Avola, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Journalist Samuel Squire dives into some of the history of one of Italy’s most-planted winegrape varieties, and speaks to Australian producers and an importer of Italian Barbera wine to find out where it stands in the local market.
As budburst approaches in early spring many regions across the country are prone to damage from frost which can have implications on spring growth, flowering and, if severe, potentially reduce bearing in the current season and the season following, as viticulturist Sam Bowman writes.
As the pandemic continues, so has an increase in sales for many wine businesses. This has provided a lifeline for many operators, allowing businesses to keep going despite the changed trading circumstances.
As preparations get underway for managing vineyards through the winter months ahead, viticulturist Sam Bowman outlines the pros and cons for various methods for pruning and what the associated costs of these could be for operators in warm and cooler climates.
Fire events are increasing in frequency around the world and as wine producing countries such as the US, Spain and Portugal grapple with the devastation wrecked by bushfires, Australia is providing critical research and guidance on managing smoke affected fruit, as Simone Madden-Grey writes.
All-terrain vehicles, while extremely practical and versatile for agricultural use, especially in vineyards, present many risks to the operator. As of August last year in
The April issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker features our annual report on Australia’s Top 20 wine companies and the best of New Zealand. TWE CEO
On the flip side of wine production, wine buyers source vino from all walks of the wine scene into retailers, independent or otherwise, and help sell to consumers through personal interactions.
Out in print and online now is the March 2021 issue of the Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine. This issue of Grapegrower
The interesting thing about wine, is that no one wine is the same as the next. This reigns true with certified organic and biodynamic winemaker Gemtree Wines, based in South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region.
South Australia recently published its agtech strategy with one of the key pillars being technology compatibility¹, which was highlighted as one of the key frustrations in the stakeholder survey that helped to inform it.
Out in print and online now is the February 2021 issue of the Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine, which focusses on the
Cutting-edge technological advancements are aiding more industries to achieve better results, including Australia’s agricultural sector. In viticulture, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies are
Australian wine producers could stand to benefit from new winemaking technology that’s been developed in Europe by an Australian wine stylist who’s returned home due
Writer Jeremy Oliver states his thoughts on how Australian wine may weather the storm cast from trade tensions with China.
Image: Jimmy Walsh Photography The challenges of 2020 have upended business operations across many industries. While thousands of jobs were lost more broadly, the wine
With summer upon us, the December issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker turns its attention to vintage preparation. This includes a focus on the challenges some
Building on the successful expansion of the instant asset write-off in the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19, the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that 99 percent
The evolution of wine bottling There’s plenty of innovation shifting the way that wine products are being delivered to consumers. While traditional glass bottles won’t
Image: Josh Ramsey. While pandemic lockdowns have led to job losses and financial hardship across various industries, a lucky few have still managed to be
This month’s producer profile: Richard Mattner, Winemaker at Pepperjack As the industry gets on with the job of producing vintage 2020 wines, this October issue
By R. Smart, D. Bruer, C. Collins, A. Corsi, I. Jeffrey, C. Karantonis, L. Lockshin, R. Muhlack, D. Oemcke, B. Pike and E. Wilkes. The
The September issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker includes a unique feature that’s presented in partnership with the Winery Engineering Association: the WineEng 2020 Forum &
In the second part of our special 2020 Vintage Report, we focus on cool climate regions across Australia and New Zealand. While harvests have been
Image: Dr Alexander Copper, PhD student at the University of Adelaide, standing next to recently imported Cypriot vine cuttings. Australian grapegrowers are increasingly being tested
A recent Australian survey has revealed that the buying habits of alcohol consumers has not changed as dramatically during the COVID-19 lockdown as suggested in
Image: Oli Madgett (left) and Ed Sott (right) opening a soil core. Building up soil organic carbon (SOC) can improve our vineyards’ soil quality in
The June issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker is out in print and online now! This issue turns its attention to Packaging, Labelling, Caps and Closures, with
Dean Taylor, founder and CEO of WineDepot, sees challenge and resilience for the industry in the face of the pandemic. The year 2020 will go
As the wine industry remains ‘open for business’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s plenty happening across vineyards and wineries as Vintage 2020 continues. For grapegrowers,
With several wine regions still assessing the impact of recent bushfires, journalist Samuel Squire asked how insurance cover for wineries and vineyards has measured up.