December 23, 1925: Bryce Rankine was born on this day in Murray Bridge, South Australia. He was an internationally-recognized wine scientist and academic leader. As head of the School of Oenology and Viticulture at Roseworthy Agricultural Institute in South Australia, he transformed viticulture and oenology education from a certificate to a bachelor’s degree program and later added a graduate diploma. His studies included ethanol synthesis, potassium bitartrate deposition in wine, wine treatment with ion-exchange resins, and wine metal content. Over 250 papers were published as a result of his work. He was the early researcher at AWRI.

December 23, 2013: Rongzi Winery Wine gained its geographical indications (GI) protection products on this day. Rongzi Winery is located in Shanxi, in the center of China, on the magnificent and massive Loess Plateau. This was the early birthplace of Chinese civilization and is where Rongzi Winery was established.

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