Thermovinification offers winemakers an option for rapid phenolic extraction in red winemaking. This process is widely used in Europe, particularly Germany, but has not been widely adopted in Australia. Dr Anna Carew travelled to Italy to present a thermal maceration poster stemming from AGWA-funded microwave maceration (UT1301) research at the In Vino Analytica Scientia meeting in Trentino, Italy.
Dr Carew also visited in Germany, Italy, France and UK to learn about thermovinification practices and research, winemaking innovation, and to develop a research network in Europe. Key outcomes from the travel were: extensive tour of winery operations and innovation at Schloss Affaltrach (Obersulm, Germany) and 7xwinery tours in Southern Germany, Northern Italy, United Kingdom; an EOI submitted for the 16th AWITC on thermovinification; development of 2xdraft proposals for joint international research (‘Thermovinification – Australia/Germany’; ‘Pinot noir Provenance – ~6xcountries’); and an invitation for oral presentation and a microwave wine tasting booth at the 2016 ICCWS (Plumpton, UK).