Once upon a time in the Land of Oz, there was a plan to establish a beachhead for Australian wine in California, from whence the Aussies would take the American wine market, the largest market for wine in the world, by storm. Funded in part by the Australian government, the plan seemed to work.
The final 297-page report titled 'A window into hotter and drier futures: Phenological shifts and adaptive practices', is the culmination of a three-year research project, funded by Australia's Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), Department of Agriculture, and complementary State Natural Resource Management Programs.
Ever since the proliferation of Grüner Veltliner in cheap liter-size bottles, the wine world has been ready for a new grape from the region to fall in love with. Lettie Teague samples the nation's best bottles.
A couple of years ago, the 51-year-old started "de-constructing" The Dead Arm, his flagship shiraz, for his Amazing Sites project. The wine is a blend from many shiraz vineyards. Osborn took some of the wine from each top plot of land and bottled each as a single vineyard wine.
Australians drank, sprayed and toasted their way through more than 5.4 million bottles of champagne in 2012, cementing the nation's position as the seventh biggest market in the world for French bubbly with sales of more expensive vintage champagne brands now at record levels.
Chris Niccol grows about 18 hectares of red wine grapes at his farm in Badgerys Creek, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Sydney. The vineyard may disappear under tarmac if plans to build an airport at the site go ahead.
The New Zealand wine industry has gladly gone back to the days when demand far outstripped supply and it could concentrate on producing quality, premium wine, and get away from the cheap wine market, according to Philip Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers.
Powell, 51, said he was "saddened" by events that led to his departure following contractual and commercial disagreements with Pete Kight, who has controlled the winery since 2008. Powell's son Callum is currently studying winemaking in France with Rhone producer Jean-Louis Chave and his wife Erin.