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12/13/19

Days of steady rain are needed - but the outlook is for conditions that are drier and warmer than average

12/13/19

Consumers can purchase each varietal individually from the Sirromet Cellar Door located at Mount Cotton or online at www.sirromet.com, with each bottle packaged in a birchwood cylinder ideal for gifting.

12/11/19

Smoke from Australia's fierce bushfires settled over Sydney in still conditions on Tuesday, setting off fire alarms, and halting ferry services as famous landmarks disappeared behind some of the worst haze seen in the harbor city. Sydney's air quality index readings in some parts of the city on Tuesday were 11 times the threshold considered hazardous, government data showed. The wildfires have blanketed Sydney - home to more than 5 million people and better known for its clear skies and blue harbor - in smoke and ash for more than two weeks.

12/09/19

About 100 bushfires are raging in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), with the most severe forming into a "mega blaze" north of Sydney. More than 2,000 firefighters are battling bushfires, which escalated in intensity late on Thursday. Footage of one blaze on the southern fringe of the city showed firefighters fleeing as flames surged forward.

12/04/19

"I think within the context of Winetech, a company that coordinates research for the entire South African wine industry, it's extremely important," says Gerard Martin, Executive Manager of Winetech."You'll find producers that are vulnerable but that don't have big research and development budgets because it's not their number one priority. So in the context of what we do within Winetech, it's about bringing the latest technology and knowledge about climate change to those producers as well."

12/04/19

Additional wineries from Chile, Portugal and the United States receive medals for their outstanding ground-to-glass sustainability programs; Jackson Family Wines receives special platinum multi-brand sustainable winegrowing award

12/02/19

Legislation introduced by the Australian parliament today will establish a wine export label directory to protect Australian wine brands from copycat and fake labelling

12/02/19

Riverina grapegrowers have been briefed about a study that indicates a correlation between wine grapes and bulk wine pricing. The analysis comes as growers and winemakers commence negotiations in setting grape contract prices for the forthcoming vintage and calls by growers that irrigation water costs represent a significant factor in their current growing costs.

12/02/19

Until now, only larger wineries or research institutions with access to large infrastructure equipment have been able to routinely measure total Cu in wine

11/27/19

"To create hailstones, you need a particle in the centre of it and it's called a hail nucleus - it can be anything that's in the atmosphere. Where there's a lot of smoke around the particle, then the smoke particle encourages hail to form, especially if there's a lot of particles in the air."

11/26/19

Vinehealth Australia together with Wine Yarra Valley is hosting 35 wine industry members to the Yarra Valley this week, to see the impacts of the grapevine killer phylloxera firsthand. The 2019 Phylloxera Immersion Tour will also allow participants to hear the latest science and learn how they can avoid infestation.

11/26/19

As 30 MWs finished a seven-day tour of Chile on Saturday evening, it was announced that they had tasted as many as 1,224 bottles from 7,344 glasses.

11/21/19

"We always say the best wine is yet to be made, and every year we get a little bit closer despite all the risks nature throws at us," says Dan Johnson as he considers his 13 years at the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide.

11/21/19

Barokes uses Vinsafe to produce its own range of award winning wines in a can and also licenses its Vinsafe wine in a can packaging system to other wine producers. A number of Australian and New Zealand wine producers are using the Vinsafe technology to successfully can their own wines.

11/21/19

Angus Barnes, executive officer of the New South Wales Wine Industry Association, has said that he is not aware of any direct damage to vineyards and wineries in the state, but that there are still a number of fires causing concern.

11/20/19

'For Melbourne, the last time it reached 39 degrees was in 2012 and the all time record for November is just over 40,' Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Richard Carlyon said. 'Normally at this time of the year we start to see some summery weather with temperatures reaching the mid 30 degrees, but it is unusual to see them into the high 30s,'

11/18/19

The threat of fire continues to hang over the wine growers of New South Wales, with Australia's Bureau of Meteorology forecasting "severe fire dangers" for Tuesday in a number of regions, including Greater Hunter. Temperatures are expected to reach close to 40 degrees, with humidity falling precipitately in some areas. It is expected to be down 9% in Mudgee, a spokesman for the Rural Fire Service told the Sydney Morning Herald.

11/18/19

Viognier, marsanne, roussanne - whether you're new to these varieties or a die-hard fan, locally grown Rhone whites have plenty to offer those who enjoy rich whites wines. Four winemakers delve into why these French grapes have found a home among Australian soils.

11/18/19

New Zealand-based lighter wines pioneer, Dr John Forrest, has spoken out against the rise of zero % abv wines in the UK, saying that he finds the concept "offensive". "I think there is an unrealistic push on 0% abv drinks in the UK at the moment, which shows a lack of understanding of the science. The beer industry can do it but when it comes to wine it's nonsense to say that you can go to zero percent and replace all the characteristics of a 14% wine - I find that idea offensive."

11/12/19

After relief that no further lives were lost on Tuesday, concern was growing over unpredictable wind changes worsening fires in the neighbouring state of Queensland, with much hotter temperatures also predicted for the Sydney area next week

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