Wine & Viticulture Journal

Published quarterly, the focus of the Wine & Viticulture Journal provides essential reading for wine industry professionals. Covering vine to market - don't miss an issue!

Essential reading for wine industry practitioners, including vineyard and winery proprietors and managers, viticulturists, consultants, winemakers, winery engineers, marketers and educators. Covering vine to market—don’t miss an issue.

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Why so little new research about juice handling?

A search for the keywords ‘crushing’ or ‘destemming’ or ‘pressing’ in the leading oenology and viticulture journals turns up hundreds of results. On closer inspection, virtually every article mentions these juice handling processes in passing, as part of the experimental methods en route to the actual point of the research – a point which ends up having little to do with juice handling.

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Wine & Viticulture Journal
Current Issue – May – June 2018 (Vol. 33)

It’s been 10 years since the Wine & Viticulture Journal last tasted Cabernet Sauvignon. Back then, the wines tasted had RRPs of $50 and above. In tasting Cabernet Sauvignon again for this issue of the Journal, we looked at wines with RRPs of $20 and over.

Margaret River is one of Australia’s premier regions for Cabernet Sauvignon. A group of wineries from the region have recently submitted an application to Wine Australia’s geographical indications committee for Wilyabrup, a district within the region, to be have its own geographical indication. Damien Wilson, associate professor at the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University in California, provides some interesting food for thought in this issue, exploring the arguments for and against such proposals for sub-regional identification within an existing geographical indication.

In this issue, our regular viticulture writer Tony Hoare presents the first of two installments about his family’s journey into alternative varieties and his advice to others considering wandering down the same path.

Stephen Strachan, from Gaetjens Langley, provides his annual look at the sales of vineyards and wineries in Australia over the past 12 months. It is a marketplace, he says, that has reached a point where there is renewed if not substantial competition.

In the March-April issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal, editor Sonya Logan asked why Australia’s uptake of rootstocks for phylloxera control was so poor. The two main reasons were the effectiveness of phylloxera management strategies that ensure the pest isn’t an immediate threat in areas outside phylloxera infested zones, and the substantial cost of replanting. Richard Smart and Helen Waite have responded to Sonya’s article, saying there is a third but not highly-appreciated reason for the slow uptake.

The theme of the May-June issue is Vineyard Technology and to that end we have Sigfredo Fuentes and Eden Tongson from The University of Melbourne writing about advances and requirements for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications in viticulture. On a similar theme, Sonya catches up with the team behind GAIA, another machine learning application which looks set to save growers the hassle of completing vineyard surveys and give us the best comprehension of our national vineyard than any other country in the world.

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Profile Summary

  • Serving the industry for more than 25 years. Readership of more than 4,320 print copies includes including vineyard and winery proprietors and managers, viticulturists, consultants, winemakers, winery engineers, marketers and educators.
  • Editorial coverage includes comprehensive articles and relevant news on winemaking and grapegrowing techniques and innovations, plus regional news, wine business and marketing issues. The combined editorial mix of both former leading publications will deliver “must have” industry innovation and technology content.
  • Contributing writers are highly regarded with columns and opinions from leading wine industry figures, including Tony Keys, of The Key Report, and viticulturists Dr Richard Smart and Tony Hoare, plus the latest technical updates from Departments of Primary Industries, The Australian Wine Research Institute and universities.
  • Varietal reports and journal tastings continue to be a Journal trademark – these are highly anticipated by readers each issue.

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