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Wine Australia and the University of Adelaide have signed a four-year, multi-million-dollar agreement to support and stimulate longer term strategic wine research and development that will enable the Australian grape and wine sector to benefit from world-leading innovation


A recently completed study offers grapegrowers and winemakers a greater understanding of how fungal rots affect wine quality - in turn, guiding future decision-making around harvesting affected fruit. The research - carried out by Professor Christopher Steel from the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) at Charles Sturt University - used a range of tools including Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, or ATR FTIR, to investigate measures of bunch rot contamination.


A former Vegas casino owner who changed direction to the wine industry has been ordered to repay almost $2.3 million to former investors by New Zealand's High Court. The court found that New Zealand-based American businessman, Glenn Schaeffer, was liable for representations he made to James Murren and Daniel Lee, that led them to invest in Mahana Estates, a wine operation in Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island.


Waipapa Bay represents a new wave in New Zealand winemaking that is motivated by improving quality in the vineyard and winery to create wines that evoke a sense of place. The wines challenge the preconceptions of the overt, in-your-face style of Marlborough, offering instead elegance, finesse, and freshness.


A new app is helping grape growers better measure and track the development of grapes in the vineyard to assist with harvest and vineyard management decisions. Developed by the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre and Charles Sturt University researchers and funded by Wine Australia, the app is available for growers and vineyard managers to use this coming harvest.


For the first time in its 12-year history, the Wine Media Conference (formerly known as the Wine Bloggers Conference) will be held outside North America, taking place in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia from October 10 - 12, 2019.


Battling heatwaves has gained some research traction in recent years with many institutions focussing on various aspects of the challenge, particularly in terms of moisture management. The advice from Wine Australia-funded research suggests irrigating before, during and after heatwaves to alleviate moisture stress associated with such events and increase transpiration as a cooling mechanism


Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has named Simon Carter as General Manager, Global Travel. He replaces Barry Galloway, who "has decided to explore opportunities in other regions and spend more time with his family," according to the company


Three of the world's climate change and wine specialists discuss understanding impacts, reducing vulnerability, and adapting to a changing environment ...


The property is on the market for sale and was tipped into receivership in September after struggling for three years with a lawsuit brought by Las Vegas casino moguls against its sole director and majority shareholder, Glenn Schaeffer.


When completed, the project would make it the largest combined winery solar installation in Australia supplying 20% of the business' annual electricity usage, said the business. Working with AGL Energy, the solar installation is expected to generate around 4,000 MWh of renewable electricity in the first year, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed annually in approximately 800 South Australian homes, it added.


With the global 2018 harvests bringing the world's wine supply back into greater balance, the market is evolving to allow greater fluidity in supply, to the benefit of premium bulk players and smaller volume buyers, with differing formats cited as key to future consumer engagement and sales. These were some of the key takeaways from the 10th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition in Amsterdam this week, where keen pricing was back on the table after the shortfalls in supply of 2017 at a show that had a record 6,500 visitors and 250 exhibitors.


AV, which makes McGuigan and Tempus Two wine labels, signed a large-scale hybrid Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with provider Flow Power to ensure 90% of consumption at its largest site is met by renewable energy. The company has also installed one of the largest privately-owned solar systems at the winery, which produces 30% of its power requirement. Flow will deliver a further 60% of the winery's requirements through renewable PPAs, the equivalent amount needed to power 2,200 homes for a year, significantly reducing the company's environmental footprint.


Police in China have arrested 11 people and seized more than 50,000 bottles of fake wine bottled as Australia's Penfolds and China's Changyu in a crackdown in central Hebei province near Beijing.


While it was "business as usual" with Australian reds and New Zealand whites dominating their respective categories, the results of the 39th Sydney International Wine Competition highlighted the growth in international wineries targeting the Australian market and the increasing diversity of wine styles and grape varieties gaining recognition.


The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has recently indicated that the 2018-vintage global wine production is "back to normal" in size (Global wine harvest bounces back). However, a year ago the OIV reported that the 2017 global wine production had fallen to its lowest level since the beginning of the 1960s. This decrease was the result of the inclement weather that extensively damaged vineyards in the world's largest production area, western Europe (containing the world's three biggest producers: Italy, France and Spain).


The winner will be decided by a panel of judges led by WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, including Richard Bampfield MW, Laura Jewell MW of Wine Australia and Matt Knight of Riedel UK. The judges will be looking for the educator that has demonstrated clear dedication and growth in delivering WSET's courses as well as innovation in wine and spirits education.


Winemakers in Western Australia's Great Southern region are reeling from a recent frost event that damaged up to 80 per cent of their vines.


Shipments of bottled wine were up by 8% in value to AUD 2.16 billion ($1.53 billion) and 2% in volume. Meanwhile, exports of unpackaged wine saw a 23% rise in value to AUD 525 million ($373 million) and a 9% increase in volume to 468 million litres.


The 2018 harvests in Europe are winding down and crush estimates are ratcheting up: now at 46.7 million hectolitres for France, 48-plus million hectolitres for Spain, while northern Italy's crush is also expected to be big. With Spain and Italy vying to be most competitive on generics, prices across the board are trending downward. The picture on quality is more complicated, with spring mildew, intense midsummer heat and lower than normal late season temperatures inhibiting alcohol levels and, on the reds, color.

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