Searching for the Sweet Spot – optimal yield and quality – in Mildura
This year’s much anticipated ASVO Mildura seminar will be held from noon on Thursday the 24th of July to noon on Friday the 25th in the Mildura Arts Centre. Respected voices in research will join with industry names synonymous with cutting-edge winegrowing to provide comprehensive insight into techniques and innovations that lead to better practices and wine quality.
Sessions will cover insights into the accumulation of flavour and aroma compounds in wine grapes including speakers on flavonoid synthesis, harvest date optimisation, and the impact of climate/region on fruit quality. In addition there will be a focus on growing and capturing quality in the ultra-premium vineyards with presentations on hand and mechanised canopy management, and how to grow ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. There will be opportunity to hear about investigations on improving yield and quality in warm climate viticulture and will irrigation as a management option to improve quality and aligning management practices, yields and costs to achieve winery specifications. Attendees will also learn about maintaining quality in response to seasonal variation, from speakers on the impacts on seasonal variability on carbohydrates, in season management of variability and tools to help assess and manage ‘vine balance’.
Keynote speakers include, Professor Stefano Poni, who is the Direttore Istituto di Frutti-Viticoltura at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy and who will give a European insight on the ‘Impact of leaf removal and the management of crop load’. Dr Martin Mendez-Constable; the Manager Wine and Grape Supply at E&J Gallo Winery, in Modesto California; who will speak on ‘Understanding the impact of cultural practices on fruit quality in California’. Dr Mike Trought, Principal Scientist, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research; and ASVO board member, who will challenge the dogma that high yields lead to inferior wine.
The preliminary seminar program and details can be viewed online at http://asvomildura.wordpress.com/