2019 In the Wine Light

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) was a proud sponsor of the ‘In the Wine Light’ student forum, held during the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) in Adelaide.

“The ASVO is committed to supporting the rich talent in viticulture and wine research” said ASVO president Dr Anthony Robinson. “The ASVO supports early-career researchers to share their stories of discovery and provides opportunities for sharing professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in viticulture and oenology”.

The student forum, In the Wine Light’ was a rapid-fire challenge which saw twelve post graduate students present their research on one slide in just three minutes. To add to the challenge, each student was appraised by an esteemed judging panel and also by the audience which included many of the international speakers from the AWITC.

The winner of the Judges’ prize was Mango Parker, from the AWRI. Ms Parker captivated the audience with her ‘tongue in cheek’ delivery “we are wasting the package the grape juice comes in” she said. Ms Mango presented her innovative research in utilising flavour compounds from normally discarded grape skins to enhance wine flavour and quality.

The people’s choice was awarded to Jin-Chen Li, a PhD scholar from the University of Adelaide. Ms Li charmed the audience with her presentation on potential microbial solutions to eliminate 3-isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine (IBMP) in wine. IBMP is a pungent aroma compound reminiscent of green capsicum, this aroma can detract from certain wines grown in cool regions. Li’s work shows that some naturally occurring microbes may provide a solution to this issue.

Winners received a $500 cash prize, complimentary membership to the Society and a coveted ASVO scarf.

The 2019 winners are as follows:  

Mango Parker, The Australian Wine Research Institute
Phenolic-free glycosides from grape marc can increase wine flavour

People’s Choice Jin-Chen Li, University of Adelaide
Microbial solution to eliminate 3-isobutyl-2-methoxypyrazine in wine

Mango Parker, The Australian Wine Research Institute Jin-Chen Li, University of Adelaide
Full house Judges L-R: Bob Dambergs, Liz Waters, Mark Krstic