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01/30/20

The use of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deter pest birds has shown promise during initial trials in vineyards in New South Wales.

01/28/20

Treasury Wine Estates has released results for its fiscal first half ended in December two weeks ahead of schedule. While the Australia-based wine giant saw net sales rise 2% to A$1.5 billion ($1b) and EBITS climb 6% to A$367 million ($248m) globally, the company said difficult conditions in the U.S.-and unexpected changes to its Americas leadership-weighed down its business in that region during the period

01/28/20

The luxury goods giant's moves in Champagne are having wider repercussions for growers and producers in the region.

01/27/20

Hunter Valley winery, Tyrrell's Wines, has made the decision to have a severely reduced 2020 vintage due to smoke-tainted grapes. Although the winery has not directly been affected by bushfire, Tyrrell's Wines said the presence of smoke in the vineyard has reduced its 2020 vintage.

01/27/20

An Australian importer discusses the ongoing bushfires, smoke taint, the 2020 vintage, and the outpouring of support from the U.S.

01/24/20

Viticulture Data Journal is a new publication that just went live with it's first editorial and published paper

01/23/20

Yellow Tail wine and Rachael Ray came together this week to announce $2 million in donations to Australian bushfire relief. Peter Deutsch, CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, the US importer of Yellow Tail wines, revealed the donations during an appearance on Ms. Ray's show.

01/23/20

Tyrrell's has been working closely with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), and Dr Ian Porter of La Trobe University, testing the vineyards' grapes across the region for smoke taint.

01/23/20

"We have not been directly impacted by fire damage, however the continued presence of smoke in the Hunter Valley since late October 2019 means that many of our vineyards have been affected by smoke taint," Bruce Tyrrell said.

01/20/20

"we're hopeful - the position of other individuals who have been more highly impacted will be different"

01/20/20

Australia has been hit by bushfires, flooding and gigantic hail storms in recent weeks. Footage has now shown how dust storms are the latest weather phenomena to batter the country

01/20/20

Photographs of charred koalas, apocalyptic red skies and poor air quality have haunted Australia since the bushfire crisis. The government is now investing millions in its tourism industry to turn around its image

01/20/20

Previous studies have focused on smoke events around the time of harvest - the AWRI research began this week by taking leaf and berry samples from three varieties - Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir - from eight vineyards. Three of the vineyards are in the direct fire zone, three are in areas outside the zone that were exposed to significant smoke drift and two are at the other end of the region, some 40km to the south, and are being viewed almost as control sites

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

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.

01/15/20

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

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

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