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Brazil? That's crazy. I had no idea. Do we have any source for that?
Also, the introduction claims that the grapes are mainly grown in France (among other places), but the history says they are hardly grown there today. Can anybody reconcile this? Swtx1836 (talk) 02:57, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Its confusing to have syrah picture, exactly the same as from syrah page, on durif page when a distinction is made; so I removed. Are there pictures of durif available? 22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:43, 16 July 2012 (UTC)
Uncited info in Australia section
I removed this text from the Australia section since it was improperly claiming that it was sourced the Oxford footnote when, on review of that text, there is nothing of the sort to support this content. Rather than deleting it outright, I'm putting it here to see if anyone wants to look up a new source for this info. AgneCheese/Wine 23:02, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
- Durif arrived in Australia by way of viticulturalist Francois de Castella. De Castella was born in 1867 at South Yarra, Victoria, the son of a Swiss-born vigneron, and educated at Xavier College Kew. He left Australia in 1883 to study natural science at Lausanne, Switzerland, and vine-growing and winemaking in France. In 1894, following the outbreak of grape phylloxera at Bendigo de Castella while managing Chateau Dookie for the Bank of Victoria, he widely condemned the Victorian government's policy of vineyard eradication. He strongly supported regional quarantine and the introduction of phylloxera-resistant American rootstocks, as had been done in Europe. In 1907, the Victorian wine industry verged on collapse. De Castella was appointed viticultural expert with the Department of Agriculture. That year, he was sent to Europe to obtain information on the control of phylloxera. He returned in 1908 with Durif, grafted to phylloxera-resistant vines from Montpellier. These were propagated at the Rutherglen Viticultural Research Station and then spread around the region when replanting took place after phylloxera-affected vines were removed.