Session 1 Winning the long game

Setting the scene for the seminar, wine industry leaders will provide their perspective on the critical questions: how did we get here, what is the current state of play and how will we win the long game? Bringing her Australian and global insights, Sophie Taylor-Price will also explore these questions and bring her own outlook to the session including ‘2020, the case for optimism’.Chair Brooke Howell, Yalumba & ASVO Director
Colin Bell, AHA Viticulture    •    Winning by fair play
Sophie Taylor-Price    •    2020: The case for optimism
Louisa Rose, Yalumba    •    Australian insights - business diversity away from the mainland
Tony Battaglene, Australian Grape and Wine Inc.    •    Grape and wine industry in 2050 – The long and winding road

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Session 2 Towards a sustainable future - mitigating climate change

The wine industry is a small player with regard to its role as a greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter. However, it’s important to understand the sources, quantum and opportunities to reduce our emissions, along with our impacts on climate change and the importance of climate change in our overall sustainability strategy. This session will provide an update on our GHG emissions footprint, the simple and innovative ways in which vineyards and wineries are reducing emissions, the business case for emissions mitigation and an exploration of CO2 capture in brewing

Chair - Mardi Longbottom, AWRI and ASVO Director
Eric Wilkes, AWRI    •    Understanding the carbon footprint of the wine industry
Shannon Sutherland, Rymill Coonawarra    •    Electric tractors and more
Alex Trescowthick, Redhead Wines    •    Going off Grid
Dorota Clausen, Pernod Ricard Winemakers    •    Big solar project
Michael Pecar, Bright Engineering Consultants    •    Recovery of CO2 from Wineries

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Session 3 Adapting to a changing climate

The wine industry is a small player with regard to its role as a greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter. However, it’s important to understand the sources, quantum and opportunities to reduce our emissions, along with our impacts on climate change and the importance of climate change in our overall sustainability strategy. This session will provide an update on our GHG emissions footprint, the simple and innovative ways in which vineyards and wineries are reducing emissions, the business case for emissions mitigation and an exploration of CO2 capture in brewing.

Chair – Liz Riley, Vitibit
Manfred Stoll, Geisenheim University    •    Insights from short- and long-term climate change research
Rebecca Harris, University of Tasmania    •    Australian regions climate modelling
Wendy Cameron    •    Advancement of grape maturity across cultivars and regions
Peter Bird, Casella    •    Frost prevention ‘to be a fan or not to be’ …. that is the question ?
Peter Hayman, SARDI    •    Climate adaptation tools for viticulture

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Session 4 the changing landscape

This session address tackling some of the industry’s real challenges, beginning with one of the biggest threats to the survival of the wine industry – water scarcity. The session will then switch gears to focus on biosecurity, the impacts of climate change on grape pest and disease threats and adapting to a future where vineyards are managed using limited chemical control options.

Chair - Tony Robinson, Oakover Estate
Paul Petrie, SARDI    •    Winter drought project extension
Ash Keegan, FABAL    •    Impacts of drought and restrictions on grapes and cross sector
Jo Luck, Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative    •    Climate change implications to biosecurity
Anna Hooper, Australian Grape and Wine Inc.    •    Pests and pandemics: why pests and diseases spread and how to ‘stay safe’
Liz Riley, Vitibit    •    The Ag-Chem landscape

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Session 5 Fire - impacts, monitoring, remediation and managing the message

In the summer of 2019/2020, numerous Australian wine regions were affected by fire. Australia has a strong track record of research into the effects of smoke on wine and, more recently, monitoring smoke and remediating smoke-affected wine. This session brings together the researchers at the front line of smoke research and will also discuss how to best communicate the messages about fire, smoke and wine.   

Chair - Mark Krstic, AWRI
Markus Herderich, AWRI    •    Early insights into ripening smoke exposure from the Adelaide Hills fires
Kerry Wilkinson, University of Adelaide    •    New insights into the effects of stubble burning on grapes
Ian Porter, La Trobe University    •    Smoke sensing as an early warning of smoke taint
Fabienne Reisen, CSIRO    •    Atmospheric monitoring and identifying the risk of smoke exposure by vineyards    
Julie Culbert, AWRI    •    Remedial options for grapes exposed to smoke
Angus Barnes, NSW Wine    •    Managing the message about fire - the NSW experience

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Session 6 Making our wine businesses sustainable

The main game for all of us is to ensure our businesses are sustainable. This requires a 360-degree view of all aspects of the business and its operating environment. Session 6 will explore the challenge of accessing finance in a changing climate, the benefits of diversity in the workplace, defining the value proposition and working towards sustainability at the business and regional level and the importance of business agility when responding to crises.

Chair – Lynda Schenk, Purple Giraffe & Wine Communicators
Sandra Taylor, Sustainable Business International     •    Benefits of Diversity in Business
James Bentley, NAB    •    Access to finance in a changing climate
Hayley Purbrick, Tahbilk Wines    •    Is a carbon audit worth it?
Jennifer Lynch, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association    •    Using sustainability (as a hook) to sell wine – regional initiatives
Geoff Krieger, Brokenwood Wines    •    Crisis management + adaptability

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Session 7 Do consumers care about sustainability?

‘Sustainable wine’ is a nebulous but expanding category. New insights into consumer knowledge and preferences will be discussed including Marie Hultin from System Bolaget, Sweden which is spearheading the sustainability category. The panel session will be joined by producers who will discuss their approach to communicating sustainability in the marketplace.

Chair – Armando Corsi - Uni SA/Ehrenberg Bass
Rodney Sammut, Wine Intelligence    •    Consumer insights
Cath Oates, Oates Ends    •    A reflection on the opportunities/challenges for sustainability in Australian wine
Jing Cao, CLCA    •    Talking sustainability in the China market
Marcus Ihre, Systembolaget    •    Nordics and sustainability

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Session 8 Doing it differently

Session 8 homes in on ‘doing it differently’. Change starts in the vineyard, from vineyard design to variety choices and soil management – grape and wine quality is the end-goal. Rob Glastonbury will give us insight into winery-based data-driven decision-making. In a future where we are all doing it differently to survive, how can we capitalise on this and tell more impactful stories

Chair – Andy Clarke, Gaia
Rob Sutherland, DeBortoli    •    Practical design for efficient vineyards
Dave Hansen, Hansen Consulting Group    •    Sustainably managing soils for a targeted outcome
Marty Gransden, Cumulus Vineyards    •    Alternate Varieties for the Australian wine industry
Rob Glastonbury, DeBortoli    •    Big data is not easy
Angie Bradbury, Bradbury & Co    •    How do we seize the opportunity and build brands differently?

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Session 9 The keys to success

The final session of the seminar will bring back our visionary leaders. Armed with the results of an audience poll, the panel will gaze into the crystal ball and give us their insights into the risks we face in the future and their vision for the research, the technology and the skills we will need to win the long game.

Ashley Keegan, FABAL
Louisa Rose, Yalumba
Colin Bell, AHA Viticulture
Brooke Howell, Yalumba
Angus Barnes, NSW Wine Association

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