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Microbes influence wine flavours – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2015.

Why do wines taste different? A new New Zealand study shows that a wine’s terroir – the unique combination of tastes and aromas – is in part dependent on the microbes hanging about the winery. Researchers from the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research confirmed for the first time that – as long […]

In the news: Climate change impact on vineyards

John Kerr posted in on April 10th, 2013.

Climate change may have a silver lining for grape growers in New Zealand, according to a new global study. The research, published in PNAS this week, found that the area of land suitable for growing grapes would change substantially around the world under predicted climate shifts in the next four decades.  According to the authors, […]

NZ Herald: How sunshine shapes your wine

Peter Griffin posted in on July 5th, 2010.

Jo Burzynska writes in the New Zealand Herald about research suggesting that the high levels of UV experienced by New Zealand could be a factor in the distinctive tastes of our wine. It might also boost the healthy-giving properties of wine by triggering vines to increase their production of  polyphenols, a natural antioxidant. An excerpt: […]

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