Robert Stein Wines turns 40

In 1976… Lindemans was peddling Ben Ean Moselle by the truckload, in amongst Cold Duck and Porphyry Pearl. Penfolds released their 25th vintage of Grange (the first ‘to cross the $20 barrier at release’), Orlando released Jacobs Creek and Petaluma was opened in the Adelaide Hills. In the same year Robert ‘Bob’ Stein, a young Sydney builder come businessman and keen fly fisher was turning his attention to the winegrowing region of Mudgee.

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Innovations to drive vineyard production

Innovative approaches to vineyard management will feature at a free National Wine and Grape Industry Centre vine health workshop in Murrumbateman on Wednesday September 14. Darren Fahey, NSW Department of Primary Industries viticultural development officer, said local vignerons will gain insights into the latest technology available to keep their vineyards productive and business on track.

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Rosnay Organics at Canowindra uses organic farming principles to produce wine, figs and olives

For the Statham family, organic­ farming is more than just not using chemicals. It’s a philosophy that takes into account the soil, weeds, pests and disease and sustainability. And it is these prin­ciples of organics and sustainable living that have helped owner Sam Statham win Australia’s Organic Wine of the Year this year with his first personally made wine.

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Making sense of the myriad new grape varieties

They’re certainly creating plenty of buzz in bars and beyond, but Philip White ponders how curious winefolk can face the mess of new varieties that end in O, among others. South Australia has about 9000ha of Chardonnay. Next come Riesling and Sauvignon blanc, at about 2500ha each. These figures are from Wine Australia’s 2016 Winegrape Crush Survey.
Shiraz leads the reds at 26,500ha, followed by Cabernet sauvignon at 17,000ha and Merlot at 4000ha.
Grenache, the current hotgoss sizzler, is fourth, at a meagre 1700 ha. I’m being parochial here, keeping this discussion local. Even this a bit too general.

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