Advanced Viticulture Course


The AWRI is presenting an intensive three-day course on the latest techniques and technologies in viticulture. Participants will travel in a small group across four SA regions to visit sites and meet practitioners who are at the cutting-edge of Australian viticulture.

The course is aimed at practising viticulturists with an interest in innovation and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants to ensure an intensive and interactive learning experience.

Topics covered include:

  • Propagation material now and for the future
  • Improving soils to maximise wine-grape production
  • Vineyard technology for improving labour efficiency
  • Climate change and its effect on a vineyard – overcoming new challenges in an old vineyard
  • Solar-powered irrigation pumps
  • Using rootstocks to save water
  • Using sensors and software to maximise water use efficiency
  • Can vines water themselves?
  • Alternative varieties for warm climates
  • Biological controls – good bugs for bad bugs
  • Nine nerds and a vineyard – technology trials in vineyards
  • 25 Pinot Noir clones for just one wine – are clones that important?
  • Drones – just a toy or a benefit to vineyards?
  • Vineyard technology to improve efficiency
  • Developing vineyard ecology to reduce pesticide use
  • Terroir – putting the science behind the story
  • Tasting of Grenache wines from different soils
  • Soil pits – what do they really tell us about vines and wines?

Next course: TBC



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2019 course flyer and program

Cost: $1950 per person including GST.

Course fee includes all accommodation, meals and transport. An optional extra night’s accommodation before the course can be added for $175 including GST.

Contact details

AWRI Events Team


Phone: (08) 8313 6600