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January 2020

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Assessing and managing vines and wines after fire

The start to 2020 has been a difficult one for individuals, businesses and communities affected by fires across Australia.

Wine Australia is here to support producers in any way we can. We are working closely with the Department of Agriculture, Australian Grape & Wine, state and regional wine organisations and the Australian Wine Research Institute and other partner research agencies to provide the best support and information available.

The AWRI has a number of resources on its website here to assist in assessing and managing vines and wines after fire and the Helpdesk (08 8313 6600 or is available to assist further. 

Earlier this week, the AWRI held a webinar that outlined the immediate responses to be taken to maximise vine recovery after a vineyard fire event. A recording of the webinar is available here.

View the AWRI resources
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Watering based on real-time measurements in the pipeline

Water is a precious commodity for growers, and soon – thanks to an innovative new research project – you'll be able to account for every drop.

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Research uncovers interesting findings in Chardonnay’s family tree

Until now, it has been impossible to definitively identify particular clones of any given grapevine cultivar.

However, new work by researchers at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) characterising clonal genetics for a single cultivar now makes that a possibility.

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Less K = less acid = less money

A Wine Australia Incubator Initiative project testing whether potassium uptake can be lowered in Cabernet Sauvignon has added to our understanding of the effect that rootstocks have on wine pH.

The findings are valuable, because lower potassium (K) levels mean less acid needs to be added during the winemaking process – offering welcome cost savings to winemakers.

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Dr Pierluigi Reveglia’s research a celebration of international collaboration

Research to understand more about a disease that’s a problem for grape growers across the world has been recognised with the Charles Sturt University Higher Degree by Research University Medal.

Dr Pierluigi Reveglia’s research, which was supported by a scholarship from Wine Australia, focused on Botryosphaeria dieback; studying the most widespread and virulent species of the disease in Australian vineyards using a mix of analytical chemistry, plant pathology and molecular biology.

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2020 – International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in an effort to raise global awareness about the importance of protecting plant health.

The focus is on preventing the spread of pests and diseases because they have the greatest impact on our crops, our environment and our way of life.

Throughout 2020, there will be activities around Australia. Information and upcoming events will be updated at regularly throughout the year.


Our website has recently undergone an upgrade to improve our search functions, to help you find a greater range of more relevant information.

A new advanced search  on our Research section has improved its sorting, filtering and refining to assist you in finding projects and final reports more easily.

You can now use the magnifying glass at the top right of the window to search across all of Wine Australia’s online information. This search now also provides improved categorisations and better descriptions to help you find the information that you’re looking for. 

In brief

  • Abstracts for the Climate and Carbon in Agriculture Conference 2020 close on Monday. Registrations are now open for the conference, 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. 
  • Tickets are still available for evokeAG, the Asia-Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event, which will be held in Melbourne on 18–19 February. 
  • 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. 
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