What’s the role of emotion in the perception of wine?

20 September 2017 – We see emotion in tasting notes. A wine can be joyful. How? It’s an emotion. From reading tasting notes, there is ample evidence that emotion is an integral part of the perception that the writer is trying to capture verbally. Do colours have emotional content? I think so. Wines have colour. Read more…


The life cycle of a vine

14 September 2017 – See this simple guide to the life cycle of a vine. Read more…


Branding Chenin blanc as a South African specialty

19 July 2017 – South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal. READ


A New Generation Of ‘Rebel’ Wines From South Africa

24 May 2017 – South Africa is bubbling with activity and pioneering spirit. Read more…


Researchers map out world´s winegrape varieties

University of Adelaide researchers have compiled statistics from 44 countries to develop the first database of the world’s winegrape varieties and regions.

The new database, funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), provides an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and winegrape growing nations that account for 99% of global wine production.

The database is available online at: www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ/databases/winegrapes and an e-book can be freely downloaded at: www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/winegrape.

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Understanding Alcohol Units

Is an alcohol unit the same in the UK as it is in the US or Europe, and what is the difference between a unit of wine and a unit of spirits? Read more…

Winegrape powdery mildew app goes global

AN Australian-made winegrape app designed to help growers deal with powdery mildew has hit the world stage. Read more…


UK: These wine styles grew in popularity the most in 2016

The UK’s Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentina Malbec saw the strongest sales growth in the UK in 2016. Read more…


Champagne tastes better with bigger bubbles, study finds

It was long thought that a steady stream of tiny bubbles in a glass of champagne was a sign of quality. But researchers in France’s Champagne-Ardenne region have found that larger bubbles may actually improve the way a sparkling wine tastes. Read more…


Climate Change Upsets Tradition in Winemaking

The coming years won’t all be hot, but more unpredictable, and when a hot year is also a rainy or humid one, it will bring extra challenges to wine growers. Read more…