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February 2020

In this edition

Unravelling regional typicality of Shiraz

Shiraz wines have chemical ‘fingerprints’ that are specific to their region – despite variations in the natural condition of vineyards and human interventions in the winery – new research confirms.

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Jury still out on Gingin’s role in Chardonnay’s ‘distinction’

The jury is still out on whether a viral infection of the Gingin Chardonnay clone is the ‘secret ingredient’ behind the sought-after unique nature of some West Australian Chardonnays.

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A clearer future for smoke affected fruit

A new cutting-edge screening approach suggests there are other potential smoke taint markers beyond the phenol compounds used in current diagnostics.

Researchers deployed new spectrometry techniques to help them determine smoke exposure markers in wine.

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Smoke taint – seeing through the haze 

When there is smoke on the horizon, it is natural to be concerned about what impact it may have. However, as we’ll explore in this article, just because smoke may be visible (or can be smelled) it doesn’t mean that you need to be concerned about smoke affecting your glass of wine.

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Recovery of vineyards after fire – a new case study

The start to 2020 has been a difficult one for individuals, businesses and communities affected by fires across Australia and we are working with our sector to offer support and advice. We recently spoke to Greg Horner of Mount Bera Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills who kindly shared his experiences in vineyard recovery following the Sampson Flat bushfire in 2015. Thank you Greg for sharing your story.

Listen to our podcast, watch the video or download the PDF case study via the link below. 

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Technology to transform vineyard management

Helping grapegrowers optimise their irrigation water use will be one of the first outcomes of a $5 million digital technologies project supporting on-farm decision making for winegrape production.

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.

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Are you up to date on managing bunch rots? 

Most grape berry rots favour wet weather and high relative humidity during the growing season. Higher rainfall increases the risk and amount of these diseases.

The majority of fruit-rotting diseases are caused by fungi. Many are opportunistic pathogens that infect berries through wounds – for example, split berries after a rain event.

You can read the latest fact sheets on the Growing and Making section of our website, which includes specific sections on powdery mildew, downy mildew, botrytis and non-botrytis bunch rots.

Ideas Program applications close 28 February

Do you have an idea for a value-add business, or an invention to commercialise? Applications for the Farmers2Founders (F2F) Ideas Program are now open!

This program is designed for primary producers with an idea for a new business. It might be an invention, AgTech solution, way to connect more with your consumers, or a value-add product.

The program by Farmers2Founders (supported by Wine Australia) helps you get started, get unstuck, and get the support you need to turn your idea or invention into a business. Over 12 weeks, F2F provides funding, coaching, tools, and more to support producers to work out if their business idea is worth pursuing. 

Find out more

In brief

  • The Australian Government is seeking tenders for delivery partners for the Water Efficiency Program. In response to the devastating bushfire events this summer, and the ongoing drought conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin, the tender response closing date has been extended to 3:00 pm (ACT Local Time) Friday 20 March 2020. The tender is available for download on AusTender.
  • The ABARES Outlook 2020 conference will be held in Canberra on 3 and 4 March and will explore the practical steps to reaching $100 billion in farm output by 2030. 
  • Registrations are open for Climate and Carbon in Agriculture Conference 2020 (31 March–1 April, Adelaide), which will bring together people from across a wide range of commodity sectors, primary producers, government, investors and researchers to arm attendees with the latest climate and carbon related information and strategies for the agricultural sector. 
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