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TWE succeeds in delaying wine grape growth

DBR Staff Writer Published 28 November 2012

Australia-based Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has carried out a research to delay the growth of wine grapes to tackle with climate change related issues.

TWE national viticulturist Paul Petrie will present the findings at the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI) conference in Melbourne.

Every year climatic changes not only affect the flavor of grape, but also the capacity of wineries to effectively use their infrastructure. Therefore, many winemakers in Australia are using the technique of pruning grapevines a month later to delay the growth of grapes and avert the bad weather.

CCRSPI executive director and professor Snow Barlow was quoted by au.prime7.yahoo.com citing AAP as saying that pruning grapevines is an important part of grape growing cycle and Petrie has achieved some success in delaying the growth of wine grapes.

"We've got climate change pressuring the season one way, if we don't prune them until very late we'll push them the other way and maybe we'll end up in the same place as we were," he added.

The CCRSPI conference will allow winemakers and scientists to showcase their innovations and thereby help sustain the wine industry.