2016 Awards Dinner 17th November

I invite you to attend the ASVO Awards for Excellence Dinner on Thursday 17th of November at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Adelaide. The ASVO Awards for Excellence is one of the most respected and valued awards amongst wine industry professionals. These Awards have been specifically developed to recognise excellence and innovation in the Australian wine… Continue reading »


Dr Anthony Robinson – Top of the class

From L-R: Associate Judge Ben Thoman (Orlando Wines),  Tony Robinson (Treasury Wine Estates)  and Chairman of Judges Matt Harrop (Shadowfax Wines). Image by John Kruger. Copyright Barossa Grape & Wine Association. ASVO Director, Tony Robinson (Treasury Wine Estates) and Ben Thoman (Orlando Wines) were announced Dux of the 2016 Barossa Wine Assessment Training at a… Continue reading »

AEB award

Laura Menozzi Award: Innovation in Oenology

ASVO sponsor AEB, a company leader in technologies and biotechnologies for the oenology sector, is pleased to launch the inaugural Laura Menozzi Award. This international competition opened May 16th and is open to all professionals in the oenology sector and the winner will receive a grant of 10,000 euros. The grant has the aim to… Continue reading »

2015 BPR Cover

New Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations

ASVO announces new Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) has this month released a comprehensive update and extension of its Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations (BPRs) following an extensive, industry-wide review process. The first update to the BPRs since 2004 represents a substantial extension, encompassing more than 200… Continue reading »


Announcing our Awards for excellence winners

The ASVO Viticulturist of the year, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, was awarded to Ben Blows of the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Ben has developed and trialled a practical and cost effective solution to targeting Eutypa fungicides with his own design of spray unit. The award judges said that Ben’s concept demonstrated his ongoing commitment to… Continue reading »

john Owen

John Owen could be this years ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

When it comes to tractors and grape harvesters John Owen has a wealth of expertise and experience. John is the National Vineyards Maintenance Coordinator for Treasury Wine Estates and looks after a fleet of around one hundred and seventy tractors, thirty grape harvesters, and other plant to manage eight thousand hectares of vineyards in Australia…. Continue reading »


Marty Smith is in the running to be the 2015 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

Marty established Absolute Viticulture in 2013 in Tasmania. His idea was to combine scientific knowledge with practical management to improve the profitability and quality of Tasmanian vineyards, bringing an innovative consultancy approach to Tasmania. Marty saw the growing interest in Tasmanian Wine and the need for someone who could support and guide growers through the… Continue reading »


Winemaker of the Year – don’t be shy

Entries are now open for this year’s Winemaker of the Year award. It is a great achievement to be nominated for this prestigious award and we encourage you to apply. If winemaking isn’t your thing, check out the other awards here. The Winemaker of the Year award recognises significant innovations, but they don’t have to… Continue reading »


Viticulturist of the Year

Entries are now open for this year’s Viticulturist of the Year award, sponsored again by Bayer, and we’re keen to get as many entries as possible. When Ashley Ratcliff won in 2013, Max Allen wrote in The Australian: “It’s about bloody time hard-working viticulturists such as Ashley received this sort of public recognition.” We agree,… Continue reading »


Funding grants for women in the agriculture sector

In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. From July 1 2015 the initiative will provide women in the agriculture sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the agriculture sector at two levels…. Continue reading »