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Smoke taint and the legal obligations of winegrape sellers

WGGA, in partnership with Grope Hamilton Lawyers, have provided some guidance to assist growers understand the contractual obligations with respect to fruit with smoke taint.

The report is available on the WGGA website and any further enquiries can be directed to Lawrie Stanford on (08) 8133 4400 or Mark Hamilton on (08) 8231 0088.

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Government decision to trade environmental water

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) sent out a media release this month advising of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) decision to trade environmental water on the temporary market.

This event provides more certainty about the environmental water holder’s activities and by bringing environmental water into a market-based system it will make this water far more flexible and accountable.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the MDBA Media Office on (02) 6279 0141, emailing [email protected] or following on Twitter @MD_Basin_Auth.

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GWRDC Research Outcomes of interest

The following research outcomes recently released by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) may be of interest:

Completing the Smoke Effect Picture: Systems development to reduce the negative effects of smoke on grapes and wine (WA)
The report details research that builds on our understanding of grapevine susceptibility to smoke uptake and investigates smoke complexity and smoke taint.  A Smoke Taint Risk calculator (STAR) has been developed to predict the seasonal likelihood of smoke damage and smoke taint reduction strategies.  View on GWRDC website…

Managing grapevines during heatwaves
This factsheet may also be a useful resource – download a PDF from the GWRDC website…

Researchers map out world’s winegrape varieties (SA)
The University of Adelaide have compiled statistics from 44 countries to develop the first database of the world’s winegrape varieties and regions.  The database is available online and an e-book can be freely downloaded.  View on GWRDC website…

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 ABARES Outlook Conference – 4-5 March (ACT)

Registrations are now open for the ABARES 2014 Outlook Conference which will be held on 4 & 5 March in Canberra, ACT.

The conference is designed to look at opportunities for Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries and will include speakers and producers both nationally and from overseas.

This year’s theme is ‘realising the opportunities’ and is about identifying innovations and export opportunities and positioning industries to take advantage of these prospects.

To find out more visit the ABARES website

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Wine Communicators of Australia Webinar Series

The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) have partnered with other leading wine bodies to launch an annual Webinar Series.

The WCA aim to provide a link between the wine sector, media and consumers, and deliver a range of programs each year designed to support innovation in wine through the sharing of information and exchange of ideas.

Webinars are free for WCA members and a small fee applies for non-members.

The upcoming webcast may be of interest:

Topic:  Savour Australia: The reality, results and rewards of Australia’s first global wine forum
Date:   Tuesday 11 February
Time:  11:00am AEDT

To register or learn more please visit the WCA website

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Global wine market trends for 2014 – workshops confirmed for February (NSW, SA, VIC)

In our last e-Alert we advised of upcoming workshops conducted by Wine Intelligence on global wine trends.  They are scheduled to run throughout Australia in early 2014.  Dates have been confirmed and are as follows:

  • 11 February – Sydney, NSW
  • 12 February – Adelaide, SA
  • 19 February – Melbourne, VIC

Wine Intelligence are offering one free ticket for every five tickets purchased but places are limited.  Contact Natasha Rastegar on (03) 9869 7155 or [email protected] for more information.


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