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Spring 2019 (Volume 34, Number 4)

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n the Spring 2019 issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal, researchers in Argentina reveal the outcomes of their work into finding an organic, plant-based product with insecticidal properties for controlling mealybug.

This issue also presents some interesting findings from what is believed to be the only study to compare vines of identical genetic material and planted in the same vineyard approximately 20 years apart. Undertaken by German and French researchers the study has attempted to help prove the age-old claim that older vines produce better quality wines.

In Winemaking, US researchers reveal the outcomes of trials to determine the effectiveness of steam or hot water to eliminating Brett from oak barrels; an Australian research team describes the effectiveness of magnetic polymers in reducing overpowering ‘green’ characters in Cabernet Sauvignon and the Australian Wine Research Institute reports on the main issues that plagued the nation’s grapegrowers and winemakers during Vintage 2019.

Peter Bailey, from Wine Australia, takes a dive into the latest export figures from 2018-19 while Julia Ball, from the University of Adelaide, and Margot Stolle, from Purple Giraffe Marketing, look into what makes a memorable cellar door experience that grows customers and improves brand loyalty.

This issue’s tasting featured Australian Malbecs.


Industry Association Columns

  • WINE AUSTRALIA (Craig Elliott): Lessons from the USA to help Australia prepare for Xylella
  • AGW (Tony Battaglene): Anti-alcohol takes aim at the wine sector
  • ASVO (Anthony Robinson): ASVO Awards, Fresh Science and In the Wine Light presenters at 17th AWITC in Adelaide


  • What can a winemaker do about Brettanomyces bruxellensis present in oak barrels?
  • Advantages of liquid oak extracts
  • Using magnetic polymers to remove overpowering green capsicum flavour from Cabernet Sauvignon wine
  • AWRI REPORT: Vintage 2019 – observations from the AWRI helpdesk


  • Botanical products for vine mealybug control in organic vineyards
  • Highlights of the 21st GiESCO international meeting in Greece
  • Examining the impact of grapevine age on vigour, productivity and berry technological ripeness
  • Developing a smart, rapid screening method for desirable grapevine rootstock traits

Business & Marketing

  • The impact of cellar doors: design, experiences and maximising customer relationships
  • Australian wine export value rises while volume falls
  • Driving the strategic growth of Australian wines in the US market – Stage 3


  • Malbec

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