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 »

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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 »

Nominations open for the ASVO Awards for Excellence

The 4th annual Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s (ASVO) Awards for Excellence have been officially launched, with the ASVO today calling for nominations for the prestigious awards. Since their inception, the ASVO Awards for Excellence have attracted a high calibre of entrants and are now recognised within the industry as a demonstration of expertise… Continue reading »


ASVO Mildura seminar -“worth the travel”

The recent Mildura seminar was a great success with comments like “what a cracking seminar” ” A great mix of info and things we can implement” and “A great event & fantastic dinner.” Attendees enjoyed networking with other delegates, presenters, and exhibitors, and had an interesting, challenging and educational few days. PDF versions of the… Continue reading »

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Save the date

We are happy to announce the upcoming ASVO Mildura seminar Vineyard Longevity maintaining the asset .The seminar addresses the need of increasing productivity while protecting and enhancing the longevity of our vineyards. The Seminar will be held in Mildura on the 22-23 of July in the Mildura art Centre. This year’s keynote speaker will be… Continue reading »


ASVO announces new President and changes to its Board

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) today announced that Dr Mardi Longbottom – Senior Viticulturist, Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), has been appointed President of the ASVO. Upon accepting the appointment Dr Mardi Longbottom said “I am honoured to be elected and I would like to thank outgoing President, Paul Petrie, for his… Continue reading »