Wine Education


Sulphur Dioxide ‘good for grapes’: study

A study by the University of Western Australia has found that sulphur dioxide could actually have a positive effect on a grape berry’s composition. The chemical is used widely in winemaking worldwide for a variety of purposes, and is very much bête-noire of the burgeoning natural wine movement, which considers […]


Stenden South Africa

Wine education in Port Alfred

I spent the past three days in the sleepy town of Port Alfred, located an hour and a half from Port Elizabeth.  Before last week, I had no idea that an educational institution existed in the town.  Stenden South Africa is a satellite campus of Stenden in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and is the only tertiary institution […]


NZ news: Changes possible for winery wastewater

Wine companies in Marlborough could be asked to change the way they manage wastewater, to avoid damaging soils. Sampling by the Marlborough District Council has discovered high concentrations of potassium and sodium at disposal sites. Council soil scientist Colin Gray told the environment committee these salts were found in winery […]


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New threat to vines in Bordeaux

 Bordeaux is facing a new challenge with a vine disease, Flavescence dorée, threatening to be become a bigger problem than Phylloxera.  The disease is caused by phytoplasmas, microscopic plant pathogens similar to bacteria, but much smaller and lacking cell walls. They live in the vascular system of plants and are […]