12 September 2022
Despite a challenging few years for Australian winemakers, the future is bright. The breadth and depth of classes at this year’s National Wine Show was a true indication of Australian winemaking resilience and skill.
Fires, hail, trade challenges, storms, unseasonal frosts, fluctuating summer rainfall and the resultant disease pressure are part and parcel of the everyday challenges the industry has faced. However, the nation’s grape and wine sector has not faltered, adapting and innovating in clever ways to produce some of the world’s best and most exciting wines.
As a sponsor of the National Wine Show, CropLife Australia and its members are proud to support and celebrate Australian viticulture that contributes $45.5 billion to the Australian economy and represents nine per cent of all agricultural exports.
Fungicides provide critical control of diseases like powdery mildew which can trigger the rejection of entire crops at seemingly miniscule levels: just three per cent infection. The plant science industry is proud to support thousands of Australian grape growers and wine makers who are renowned for consistently delivering the highest quality grapes from prestigious regions with rich histories. This interplay between science, agriculture, climate and skill is what makes custodianship of Australian viticulture so dynamic and impressive.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners along with CropLife Australia’s special guest, Sutton Grange Winery. Its 2019 shiraz took out the Prime Minister’s Trophy and the James Halliday Red Wine of Show on the night. A wine that tastes of country. Grown, made and typifying the concept of Australian terroir.