Talking Cool Climate Wines in Tasmania


Plant & Food Research’s Blenheim-based wine research team have jumped the ditch this week to discuss Cool Climate Wines. The group are attending the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium (ICCS) in Tasmania, Australia.

ICCS is the platform for communication between the global cool climate regions and people with interests (from vine to consumption) in cool climate wine. Plant & Food Research’s expertise in viticulture, particularly in the Marlborough region, has meant a number of our staff will also appear on the speaking programme.

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BRAT now available online

A new tool is set to help the wine industry more accurately train staff to make visual estimates about the severity of bunch rot among the vines. The Bunch Rot Assessment Trainer or BRAT  is a Visual Estimation Tool (VET) developed by research staff in our Disease Risk Management Team, part of the Pathology & Applied Mycology Group.

“Visual estimates are an important function in the vineyard” says BRAT developer Gareth Hill. “Vineyard staff are routinely making estimates about parameters such as bunch exposure, bunch compactness and leaf colour; parameters that would be difficult or costly to do by other methods”.

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3News takes a look at how our science is helping the NZ Wine Industry

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