News

Our new website is coming soon

We’re really excited!
We have commissioned Member Evolution (the people behind Vincreative) to build a new website and membership management system.
Far more than a new website, a total redesign means you will be able to communicate with other members, join interest groups and  update your own member or judging profile.
Importantly, we will now be able to deliver more valuable information to each individual member.
Stop by the ASVO stand #1213 at WineTech to see the new system in action.

Wine Australia survey to measure adoption across Australia

Grapegrowers and winemakers across Australia are urged to participate in a 15–20 minute independent phone survey to measure the change in the adoption of new practices across Australia.
This is a follow-up to Wine Australia’s benchmarking survey that was completed in early 2018, the report from this survey can be found here (PDF).
With your input, Wine Australia can determine how well research and development extension efforts across Australia are effecting change and increasing our community’s competitiveness.
Coutts J&R, has been appointed to conduct the survey and will contact you at the phone number you provide at the below link. The survey will not report on your individual responses. To take part in the survey register here.

Visit us at WineTech 2019 stand #1213

Make sure you stop at the ASVO stand before anything else! We have a environmentally friendly glass coffee cup to give away that you can use, during the conference, and reuse again and again.
Approximately 500 million takeaway paper coffee cups end up in landfill each year!
Do your bit and collect your free coffee cup at the ASVO stand #1213

2019 Fellow of the Society – Dr Tony Jordan OAM

ASVO is pleased to announce a new Fellow of the Society, Dr Tony Jordan OAM.
The ASVO board extended the invitation to Dr Jordan in recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, research, wine show judging and standards, and to the improvement of industry practice”. The Board also acknowledged the leadership roles Dr Jordan has played within the ASVO, including six years as president/director, to other grape and wine industry bodies and, importantly, as a mentor for numerous members of the grape and wine community.
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Assoc. Prof Peter Dry among Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are delighted to announce that Associate Professor Peter Dry received Australia’s highest accolade in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours, named as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to viticulture, particularly to wine-grape research. “The ASVO is very proud of the accomplishments of its members and Fellows and we congratulate Dr Peter Dry whose contributions and achievements have received due public recognition,” Dr Robinson.
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Hot & cold wine stabilisation

Wine stability is a large and very important area in winemaking. There are many aspects of wine that require stabilising throughout its life, including  pectin stability, oxidative stability, colour stability, protein stability, tartrate stability and microbiological stability to name some. This section looks at both heat (protein) stability and cold (tartrate) stability and areas where innovation and advances in research have provided different options for winemakers to explore.
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2019 Future Leaders – ASVO members

ASVO congratulates the 2019 Future Leaders recipients, with a special shout out to Andy Clarke our Regional Director for Victoria, members Catherine Kidman & Keira O’Brien and wine show judge Nadja Wallington. The Future Leaders Alumni contains many ASVO members like Tony Robinson, Jason Amos, Nigel Blieschke, Ashley Keegan, Kristy Bartrop and Colin Bell just to name a few.
You can see all the recipients here.

Remembering Colin Campbell OAM

We mourn the loss of industry stalwart Colin Campbell of Campbells Wines. Colin joined the ASVO in 1981, he was member number 49.
Colin was also a founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine & the Rotary Club of Rutherglen, he was awarded life membership of the Australian Wine Industry by Winemakers Federation of Australia (now Australian Grape and Wine), and his tireless efforts to improve the wine sector and community saw him awarded an Order of Australia honour. He will be sorely missed.

Wear the ASVO yellow scarf with pride

All set to go to the Tech conference? Don’t forget to pack your ASVO scarf. Members are encouraged to bring their ASVO scarf and add a splash of yellow. Seeing hundreds of members wearing ASVO yellow is a great way to let others know you are passionate about increasing the professional standing of your fellow viticulturists, winemakers and researchers.
The ASVO yellow scarf modeled here by ‘Porridge’ is not available to just anyone, its reserved for loyal ASVO Members. Come and talk to us at the ASVO WineTech stand #1213.

Visit us at WineTech 2019

Join more than 3,000 of your industry colleagues at WineTech 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide.

The ASVO stand #1213 – will be packed with information and people to meet.

Talk to us about membership and how you can grow your professional network.
Take a look at our new website & update your profile.
Chat to us about submitting a research paper.
Get a preview on events and activities we are planning for 2020.
Entry to WineTech is free. Register at the door or register online here.

AWITC – Register at members rates

Early bird pricing has closed but you can still register for the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference at special ASVO member prices. The conference held in Adelaide 21-24 July 2019 will be complemented by WineTech – Australia’s own wine industry trade exhibition – and will incorporate the Australian Grape & Wine Outlook Conference and the McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner.
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Nominations open for ASVO AWAC Scholarship

Highly sought after, the 2019 ASVO Scholarship to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) is now open. The ASVO Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship which offers high-achieving individuals an opportunity to undertake professional development in wine assessment at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s AWAC.
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Nominations open for Nuffield Scholarship

The Nuffield scholarship is  a great professional development opportunity for ASVO members.
This year, there are more than 25 Nuffield Scholarships on offer, each valued at $30,000. The application period will run from 1 April to 14 June and focus on the 2019 theme of Collaborate, Innovate and Cultivate.Click here to download the promotional flyer with list of available scholarships.

Post-harvest vineyard care

The post-harvest period is a great opportunity to give your vines a little tender loving care; if you have some water available post-harvest irrigation; or even better fertigation, will help them maintain a healthy canopy and build up reserves before they go into dormancy.
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Seminar videos

We recently finalised a complete set of videos from the ASVO 2018 Frontline pest and disease management for healthy vineyards and 2018 Fermentation-Converting research into reality seminars. The videos are available on the ASVO website but at this stage are only available to seminar delegates
You can view the abstracts and presentations here.

Conversations with researchers

These short summaries are for both scientists and readers outside the research community to anyone and everyone who is interested in science and research.The articles have been selected as noteworthy or interesting to the wine community.
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New phylloxera detection in Victorian Phylloxera Risk Zone

Vinehealth Australia and Australian Grape and Wine Inc (Australian Grape & Wine) advise that phylloxera has been detected in a commercial vineyard located at St Andrews in a Phylloxera Risk Zone in the Yarra Valley.

The strain of phylloxera detected has been confirmed as G1; the same as that found in the Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) also located in the Yarra Valley.
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Nominations open for Fellow of the Society

Nominations for Fellow of the Society are now open. Each year the Society considers applications for Fellows. Fellowship is the highest honour the Society can bestow on a member  who has made a significant contribution to the industry and the professional body over a sustained period.
ASVO members are encouraged to consider nominating members of the Society who are deserving of this recognition.The deadline to complete an online nomination for Fellow, is July 31, 2019
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Nominations open for ASVO AWAC Scholarship

Highly sought after the 2019 ASVO Scholarship to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) is now open. The ASVO Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship which offers high-achieving individuals an opportunity to undertake professional development in wine assessment administered by the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI).
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Keeping yeast and winemakers happy

Keeping yeast happy and on track to complete fermentation is one of the many challenges facing winemakers during vintage. Throw in the untimely and somewhat unpredictable events such as heat waves, high baume fruit and subsequent high alcohol wines, and you have the ingredients for fermentation problems.
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Research in action

We are seeking researchers who are actively involved in a field or laboratory trial during the 2019 vintage period to have their work featured in our Research in action campaign.
If you or your researchers/students are interested in being part of this campaign, please send your photo and caption directly to Chris Waters [email protected]. For more information call Chris on 488 488 416

New Associate Editors appointed

The Society is delighted to announce the appointment of five new Associate Editors to our Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Dr Christopher Davies, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Dr Diego Intrigliolo, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Assoc. Prof. Paul Petrie, South Australian Research and Development Institute,  Prof. Steve Tyerman, University of Adelaide and Dr Liz Waters, Wine Australia
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2019 Vintage update

Harvesting is in full swing in almost every vineyard across Australia with many frantically coping with an inundation of fruit. Some regions like New England have already finished. We have a reduced number of Members providing a report as they race to get ripened grapes picked in time.
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Smoke taint in grapes and wine

Recent bushfires have cast a pall of smoke over several winegrowing regions and maturing grapes exposed to smoke compounds may present a potential risk to quality.
Growers and winemakers should familiarise themselves with the management options for smoke-exposed fruit.
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A Call to action

There have been several detections of brown marmorated stink bug and recent biosecurity alerts have called for grapegrowers and winemakers to be on high alert. We encourage you to  stay up to date with information about this significant exotic pest threat.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) publishes timely information about new detections, government responses, community roles and how to identify BMSB. We advise you to visit their website to stay up to date with information about this significant exotic pest threat.

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New national appointment to safeguard against Xylella

Craig Elliott has been appointed to work with a national steering committee and coordinate the program to safeguard the nation against Xylella, an exotic bacteria that threatens more than 350 commercial, ornamental and native plant species in Australia.
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Australian Grape & Wine announces grapegrowing representative board members

The newly formed Australian Grape & Wine (formerly Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Australian Vignerons (AV), recently announced the appointment of four Directors who will bring to the Board the views of four committees – Large Winemakers, Medium Winemakers, Small Winemakers and Vignerons. The representative Directors will serve for an initial term of one year.
The directors representing the interests of grape growers are:

  • Heather Webster, Independent grower and Chair Wine Grape Council SA
  • Andrew Weeks, Managing Director, Rivawine Collaboration, Riverland, SA
  • Mardi Longbottom, Independent grower and Senior Viticulturist Australian Wine Research Institute
  • Colin Bell, Viticulturist and Director, AHA Viticulture, Western Australia
  • Ben Rose, Viticulturist, Performance Viticulture, Victoria (Permanent Alternate)