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 according to its Annual Operational Plan 2019–20 (AOP).
The genetic ancestry of French grapevines is revealed in a paper published online in Nature Plants. The research indicates that some grape varieties cultivated hundreds of years ago are still in use today.
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.
Research at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) is arming grapegrowers and winemakers with increased knowledge about how bunch rot can impact a final wine – and how much is too much.