The peak industry body Wine Australia is hosting a visit by 20 leading European sommeliers, wine educators and writers to highlight the regional diversity and quality of Australian wines as the high dollar and offerings from new world producers, as well as traditional nations such as France and Germany, undercut Australian markets.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a DNA testing kit they say can detect the grapevine red blotch virus. he virus devastated grape growing regions in the United States last year but has not been detected in Australia.
The hot dry summer, which delivered a dream season for grape growers, is causing headaches for transporters and wineries during harvest. Yealands Estate owner Peter Yealands said yesterday that warm weather had consolidated ripening, creating a major influx of grapes into the wineries at the same time.
A new generation of ownership structure at Seppeltsfield and Kilikanoon Wines has come to pass. Seppeltsfield estates Managing Director Warren Randall recently purchased Kilikanoon's share of Seppeltsfield and increased his share in Seppeltsfield to more than 90 per cent.