Overcoming taint from vineyard exposure to bushfire smoke
Bushfire frequency and severity have increased due to climate warming. Taint, from vineyard exposure to smoke, remains an issue of major concern for grape and wine producers worldwide, and an ongoing threat to long-term economic viability, despite significant scientific progress over the past decade.
In this project, field trials will occur in Australian and USA vineyards to:
- evaluate sensors and develop methods for monitoring vineyard smoke exposure
- identify physiological factors that influence smoke uptake by grapevines
- build on current work to develop strategies for mitigating/remediating the sensory effects of smoke taint
Producers will benefit from faultless wines and consumers can enjoy wines uncompromised by smoke taint
Key outputs from this project
K Wilkinson, R Ristic, C Szeto, DL Capone, L Yu, D Losic (2022) Novel use of activated carbon fabric to mitigate smoke taint in grapes and wine. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 28 (3), 500-507, DOI 10.1111/ajgw.12548
M Modesti, C Szeto, R Ristic, W Jiang, J Culbert, C Catelli, F Mencarellhttps://doi.org/10.1111/ajgw.12548i, P Tonutti, K Wilkinson (2021), Amelioration of smoke taint in Cabernet Sauvignon wine via post-harvest ozonation of grapes. Beverages, 7 (3), 44, DOI 10.3390/beverages7030044
M Modesti, C Szeto, R Ristic, W Jiang, J Culbert, K Bindon, C Catelli, F Mencarelli, P Tonutti, K Wilkinson (2021) Potential mitigation of smoke taint in wines by post-harvest ozone treatment of grapes. Molecules, 26 (6), 1798, DOI 10.3390/molecules26061798
C Szeto, R Ristic, D Capone, C Puglisi, V Pagay, J Culbert, W Jiang, M Herderich, J Tuke and K Wilkinson (2020) Uptake and glycosylation of smoke-derived volatile phenols by Cabernet sauvignon grapes and their subsequent fate during winemaking. Molecules, 25, 3270, DOI 10.3390/molecules25163720
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