A good time to discover Australian wine with updated education program
Last updated 30 Apr 2020

Wine Australia’s free, comprehensive education program Australian Wine Discovered (AWD) has been refreshed and 25 topics are now available online with additional resources, updated commentary and advanced notes.

Wine export figures positive but full COVID impact yet to come
Last updated 16 Apr 2020

The value of Australian wine exports continued to grow in the 12 months to 31 March 2020, but Wine Australia reports that the full impact of COVID-19 on exports is still to come.

Strong demand leads to tight Australian wine supplies
Last updated 12 Feb 2020

Total wine sales exceeded production for the second year in a row, indicating a tightening of supply and contributing to increased value for the sector, according to Wine Australia’s Wine Production Sales and Inventory report 2019 released today. 

Average value of bottled exports reaches new record
Last updated 05 Feb 2020

Exceptional growth in demand for Australian fine wine saw the total value of Australian wine exports grow by 3 per cent to $2.91 billion in the 12 months to December 2019.

Australian wine exports continue to grow in value
Last updated 22 Jul 2019

The value of Australian wine exports has continued to grow in the 12 months to June 2019, increasing by 4 per cent in value to $2.86 billion. China continued to drive growth and the United States of America (USA) also made a welcome return to growth.

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ASVO Winemaker of the Year 2020 – Peter Leske
Last updated 15 Jan 2021

Peter Leske’s childhood reads like an excerpt from a Boy’s Own Annual. Growing up on campus at Roseworthy Agricultural College in Adelaide – where his father Ken Leske lectured in finance – Peter had pet sheep, ‘swam’ in an old chaff bin, mucked around on the tractors, snacked on ripe sultana grapes and explored the campus’ many laboratories and classrooms with his trusty dog by his side.

Carrageenan a viable alternative to bentonite – Australian study awarded
Last updated 15 Jan 2021

A Wine Australia-funded study that found that carrageenan derived from red edible seaweed is a viable alternative to bentonite to heat stabilise white wine has won its lead author the prestigious ASVO award for Oenology Paper of the Year 2020.

Quest for a disease-resistant vineyard continues
Last updated 15 Jan 2021

Wine Australia’s Regional Program in Riverina continues its quest to determine the best grapevine cultivars with resistance to powdery mildew and downy mildew for Riverina.

Apps on the move to support Murray Valley growers
Last updated 11 Dec 2020

The Murray Valley Regional Program is going hi-tech with the development of two apps to support growers.

Study on impact of elevated temperature and water deficit recognised
Last updated 11 Dec 2020

The lead author of a 2015 study, which revealed previously unknown interactions between the impact of elevated temperature and water stress on grape quality and wine composition, has been recognised with the prestigious ASVO Dr Peter May Award for 2020.

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Wine tourism numbers highlight COVID-19 challenges and the road forward
Last updated 24 Nov 2020

COVID-19 has brought much uncertainty when it comes to travel in 2020. With some interstate travel halted, tourism turned intrastate with locals taking the opportunity to explore their own backyards – where restrictions allowed – providing much needed relief in many regional areas.

Global packaging trends
Last updated 10 Nov 2020

In the 12 months ended September 2020, 771 million litres of Australian wine was exported to 116 destinations across the world. Of the total volume, 55 per cent was shipped unpackaged to be packaged in-market. Only 25 destinations received unpackaged Australian wine, with just over half that volume landing in the United Kingdom.

Did someone say Chardonnay?
Last updated 20 Oct 2020

Chardonnay does not always get the attention it deserves. Red wine, particularly Shiraz, has tended to dominate recent stories of Australia’s export success, while Sauvignon Blanc has overshadowed other white wines on the domestic market for many years, currently accounting for 1 in every 8 bottles of wine purchased on the Australian domestic off-trade retail market

How have wine DTC channels fared in Australia in 2019–20?
Last updated 13 Oct 2020

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales make up an estimated 17 per cent of total wine sales value, but for the majority of Australian wine businesses, which produce fewer than 20,000 cases, DTC sales account for more than 50 per cent of wine sales value and are therefore critical to their success and sustainability.

Australian alternative varieties: the ones to watch… three years on
Last updated 22 Sep 2020

In  2017, Wine Australia reported that alternative varieties were on the rise in Australia with some of the varieties to watch out for being Assyrtiko, Nero d’Avola, Grüner Veltliner, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Touriga Nacional, Fiano and Nebbiolo. So how has demand for alternative Australian varieties been growing since then?

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