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WITH most wineries turning their eyes to China as the big hope for the industry’s long-term export future, news that there are strict Chinese import regulations on manganese in wines has been sending shockwaves through the industry.

Greg Howell at Vintessential Laboratories says although this is a problem often beyond the control of winemakers, it still means the lucrative Chinese market could be off-limits to almost a quarter of all Australian wine.

Howell says more than 23 per cent of the hundreds of wines recently tested for manganese at Vintessential are over the new limit of 2mg/L (ppm) imposed by China.

This testing was recommended by Wine Australia for any wines exported to that market because wines are being rejected at Chinese ports – and in some cases destroyed.

The full story appears in the May issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine.

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