Wine Industry

4 factors that affects the quality of the wine

Wines can be of various tastes and qualities. Different wines are now rated depending on their quality. Many factors determine the quality of wine.

Environment

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The environment in which the plants are grown is important. Climate, soil, and weather affect the quality and quantity of fruit produced. The amount of heat the plants receive is very important. Sunlight and chlorophyll are used by plants to produce glucose. Plants use this glucose to grow. Many people confuse between the two terms weather and climate. The climate is the average weather condition that is observed over a long period. The change that is seen in these conditions is called weather. The type of climate, temperature, sunlight and soil affects the plant growth.

 Different types of species

There are different species of grapevines. The quality of wines varies depending on these species. These include Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet,  Sauvignon Blank, etc.

 Viticultural practices

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The plants cannot be left alone to grow. The winegrower uses various practices to make wines.  They need to control the plant by determining in which way the shoots will grow, positioning the vines in the proper way, etc. The winegrowers place posts and wires to support the vine shoots. Pruning and canopy management are also part of viticultural practices. The way wines are harvested also affects the quality of wines.

Proper management of oxygen

The proper management of oxygen and sulfur dioxide is important for the process of vinification and aging. If you want aromas to be preserved, then you should avoid oxygen. So, grapes need to be kept cool until they reach the winery.

All these factors influence the quality of wines. So, these factors must be managed well to get the best quality of wine with great taste.

6 interesting facts about the Australian wine industry

Australia is very famous for its wine. Great wines are produced from high-quality grapes that are grown in Australia. It is the fourth biggest exporter of wines in the world. There are distinct wine regions in Australia which make the unique wine flavors. Here are some interesting facts about the wine industry in Australia.

  • Australian vineyards are one of the oldest vineyards in the worlds. Some vineyards date back to 1850. Wine was produced the first time in 1788. Barossa Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia.
  • Australian vineyards are now major tourist attractions due to the increasing popularity of wines. People from all over the world come to visit these beautiful vineyards. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Tamar Valley, Hunter Valley and Margaret River are the best wine producing regions in Australia.
  • Wines from various regions have different characteristics. These characteristics become the trademarks of those regions. The taste of wine in each region is unique due to the different weather condition in each place.
  • About 400,000,000 liters of Australian wine are exported to different countries of the world every year. Interestingly, the same amount is also consumed by the local people.
  • A significant portion of wines is sold online. Industry reports show that about 40% of all sales come from online. Some special retailers have access to a great selection of Australian wine, and they sell them online to a wider range of customers.
  • Though Australia is well known for its high-quality grapes, certain types of grapes that are used to make wine are not grown here which they need to import. These include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Australian wines are famous worldwide. If you get the opportunity to visit one of their vineyards, don’t miss it. The vineyards are simply breathtaking.