Wine Australia update: Export report; Future Leaders Program; new water status app

2016 Wine export results

Wine Australia has released export results for the Margaret River region for 2016. Download the report to find the latest statistics on the top export destinations by volume and value, and how price points are faring for each country.

Future Leaders Program

Call for applications for the Future Leaders Program. The Program is seeking applications from individuals who are ready to lead Australia’s grape and wine community. Applications close on Monday March 9th. To apply, visit: www.winefutureleaders.com.

New app to measure water stress of grapevines

A new smartphone app that helps grapegrowers measure the water status of their vines is being trialled across Australia. The portable viticultural tool has the potential to help grapegrowers make improved water management decisions for their vineyards. Grapegrowers use a thermal camera attached to their smartphone to take images of the canopy of the grapevine. The image is analysed by the app, which calculates the vine water status.

Blog story: Fine Australian wine from way out West

We love this recently published blog article by Wine Australia, which looks at the past and present of the Margaret River wine region. Excerpt:

“Having one of Australia’s most renowned biodynamic wineries in the region in Cullen Wines has inspired people like Sarah and Iwo at Si Vintners, Sam Vinciullo, Ben and Naomi Gould at Blind Corner and 2016 Young Gun of Wine award winner Jo Perry at Dormilona Wines. These are vignerons dedicated to natural farming and pushing the boundaries in a region that, for all its strengths, is one of the most conservative in Australian wine. From organic and biodynamic farming methods to whole bunch fermentation in amphora to extended skin contact for white wines to experimenting with alternative varieties, the next generation of Margaret River producers are finding a new audience for the region around the world.”