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July 2019

In this edition

The role of nanotechnology in the future of wine research

Early research into ‘smart materials’ or magnetic nanoparticles to remove proteins and unwanted aromas has been promising – and researchers say the technology could potentially be used to remove other wine faults such as smoke or cork taint in the future.

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Australian wine sector recognises and celebrates Dr Tony Jordan OAM’s contribution

The distinguished contribution of Dr Tony Jordan OAM to Australian wine has been recognised and celebrated in two new awards from Australian grape and wine’s two peak national organisations.

Over his distinguished career, Dr Jordan has been an influential and determined advocate for the advancement of Australian wine as a winemaker, researcher, mentor, wine show judge and wine sector leader.

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Survey coming to an inbox near you

Over the coming weeks, we will be asking you to participate in the Wine Australia Stakeholder Survey 2019.

Conducted by Intuitive Solutions on behalf of Wine Australia, the online survey will ask for your feedback about the grape and wine sector, your business practices and priority areas for research, development and extension, marketing and regulation. 

We appreciate your time and feedback. 

Anti-transpirants could be a game-changer for vintage compression

Off-the-shelf anti-transpirants could offer growers a simple and effective tool to delay fruit ripening and lessen the effects of vintage compression, preliminary results from a new Australian study suggest.

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USA market: ‘Stay positive and keep trying’

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion around Australia’s efforts to regain prominence in the United States of America (USA) wine market.

It can be done and additional good news, according to new research, is that we don't need to develop a message specifically tailored to the USA, but we must be consistent with the existing premium image message.

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A kaleidoscope of education for WA growers in the pipeline

How confident would you be adding water to manage high Baumé red must?

Inspired by a recent Australian Wine Research Institute winemaking trial tasting workshop on Cabernet Sauvignon, which demonstrated the impact of diluting high Baumé red musts, the Western Australia Regional Program – funded by Wine Australia – will undertake its own trials in 2019–20.

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Survey: terroir and wine business practices 

Do your views of terroir influence how you run your business? 

Wine Australia is encouraging wineries to fill out a survey by PhD scholarship recipient Guy Leedon, whose research will help establish how important terroir is for wineries and whether it helps provide sustainability and financial benefits. In particular, he'd like to hear from businesses in the Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale.

Take survey

National Vineyard Scan delivers first ever clear picture of Australia’s vineyards

For the first time, Australia’s grape and wine sector knows with a high degree of accuracy not only that it has 146,128 hectares under vine, but also the locations of the plantings, following the completion of the first National Vineyard Scan, funded by Wine Australia.

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Researchers to investigate drought-tolerant vines

Wine Australia PhD scholarship recipient Alexander Copper is investigating drought-tolerant grape varieties from Cyprus for their suitability for Australian conditions.

The Cypriot varieties Xynisteri (white) and Maratheftiko (red) have just been released from Australian quarantine and are being propagated at the University of Adelaide's Waite campus before being placed in trials, replicating those being undertaken in commercial Cypriot vineyards.

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See you at AWITC

Wine Australia is joining with ASVO and Australian Grape & Wine at the WineTech expo at the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC).

At each day of the expo (22–24 July), our team members will be at stand number 1213 to answer your burning questions on everything from exporting, record keeping, market insights, activities, R&D and the latest tools and apps supported by Wine Australia.

In brief

  • Applications are open for the international award for excellence in sustainable winegrowing – the BRIT Award. The award seeks to identify global leaders in sustainable practices and reflects core sustainability principles developed by FIVS, an international body representing the interests of global wine and spirits producers, over several years.
  • Wine Australia will invest a record $79 million on behalf of the grape and wine sector in 2019–20, investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), market development and export regulation.
  • Nominations are being sought for three levy payer-elected Director positions on the Australian Wine Research Institute Board and for five General Director positions on the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Board.
  • A new wine and grape levy payer register is being introduced to make it easier for Wine Australia to connect with levy payers so that they can have a greater opportunity to contribute to strategy, adopt the knowledge and tools generated by research and development, and learn about Wine Australia’s activities.
  • Applications close on 9 September 2019 for the OIV’s annual grant research scholarships.  Priority themes for 2019 cover topics across viticulture, winemaking, economy and law, and safety and health.
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