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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2014 Mildura Seminar

The Mildura Seminar held in July this year, delivered on all fronts and was without a doubt one of the best..With a large gathering of grape and wine professionals from all aspects of the industry, interacting over two days, and delegates left excited by the wide range of presentations. Downloads of all formal presentations are… Continue reading »

ASVO Mildura seminar

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… Continue reading »

Environmental innovation honoured in ASVO awards

L-R Jason Smith, Sue Bell, Richard Gawel, Matthew Bailey. An advocate for new wine styles and the man behind the innovative “insectarium” have taken out top honours in this year’s Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) awards. Sue Bell, from Coonawarra’s boutique Bellwether Wine, was named Winemaker of the Year and Matthew Bailey, from… Continue reading »