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01/17/20

"The government is finally starting to acknowledge the reality of climate change and to talk about resilience and adaptation. That's great but we also need our political leaders to recognise that we can only adapt so far. We're at 1 degree warming already and our capital cities are selling out of breathing masks. How will we breathe, let alone farm, at 4 degrees warming?

01/16/20

On Friday, the Australian government urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes. These reports of wildfires, evacuations and loss are all too familiar to many Californians, as New York Times San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller notes in his recent story.

01/16/20

Professor Ian Porter at Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, is eager to see smoke detector technology soon become a standard for Australian grape growers. Some 16 of these smoke detectors have been deployed. The technology uses cumulative smoke dose from bushfire events and aligns it with grape, wine and phenyl data to make a smoke taint prediction

01/15/20

The purchase takes the Randall Wine Group's holdings to more than 3300ha in South Australia, which it says makes it "the largest private, luxury vineyard holder" in Australia's leading wine state

01/15/20

A fire cloud, known as a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, or pyroCb, can generate thunder, lightning and tornado-force winds, as well as belch out burning embers - all of which can help spread already fast-moving fires.

01/15/20

A digital platform called VitiVisor will collect information direct from the vineyard via cameras and sensors and analyse the large amounts of data produced to assess vineyard performance and, for the first time, offer coordinated advice on management practices such as irrigation, pruning, fertiliser, fungicide and pesticide applications. Led by the University of Adelaide, the project is a collaboration between the University, Riverland Wine and Wine Australia, with support from UniSA and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)

01/15/20

The first two weeks of 2020 have been a pendulum swing between fighting and fleeing from smoke, and a near-perfect likeness of the idyllic life we had before fire season. With the sadness, there is also relief on the good days and hope that the worst is over. And then the city is blanketed in smoke again.

01/14/20

Grapes more susceptible to smoke taint closer when close to being harvested

01/14/20

In light of the on-going wildfires in Australia, which have so far burnt an area larger than Portugal, we've rounded up some of the ways that you can support the wine industry and affected areas

01/13/20

As of the first of January, British native Chris Yorke has taken the helm of the Austrian wine industry's service organisation, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB).

01/13/20

'More than a Good Drop' is a social media campaign to help draw awareness of those who most need support during the Australian bushfire events.

01/13/20

While fire conditions worsen in Victorian wine regions, some of Australia's grapegrowers and wine producers from Gippsland, in Victoria, are still in the early days of damage assessment from recent bushfires which struck the region.

01/09/20

Wine regions in Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), South Australia and Victoria have all been affected. This includes Hunter Valley, Canberra, Rutherglen, Gippsland and Adelaide Hills. All face an uncertain 2020 vintage, as the effects of smoke taint and heat on this year's crop remain unknown.

01/08/20

Hayward, the proprietor of Vinroads, a sales and marketing consultancy focused on Australian and New Zealand wines based in San Francisco, California, will be assessing entries at the upcoming wine show in Launceston from January 13-16, 2020.

01/08/20

Wine Australia, Australian Grape & Wine (AGW), the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and viticultural experts, backed by the Federal Government, and state and regional wine agencies, are coordinating a response that will offer support and advice in the short-term and a longer-term action plan.

01/07/20

As the full extent of the devastating Adelaide Hills bushfires becomes apparent, it is clear the region will require public support through the rebuilding process

01/07/20

Wine Australia has said that, while the "toll on individuals cannot be underestimated and should not be downplayed", a review of fire maps suggests a maximum of around 1,500ha of vineyards fall within the regions affected by the current bushfires to date.

01/07/20

Stephen Henschke commented: "We have had a long history of selling our wines to customers in the UK going back to the mid-1980s, leading the fine-wine story from Australia. We would like to thank Enotria&Coe for their hard work over the last decade establishing a strong base for Henschke in the UK. We are confident that Liberty Wines' expertise with Australian wines and its broad customer base will enable us to build on our success to date."

01/06/20

More than 6million hectares of bushland has already burnt, threatening homes and lives and putting residents on edge, particularly in New South Wales and Victoria. Before the infernos intensified retail sales were already struggling with cash register activity during the past financial year posting the weakest annual growth since the 1991 recession.

01/06/20

"As a climate scientist I am wondering if the Earth system has now breached a tipping point"

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