Victorian Regional Focus Workshops

The impacts of climate change, particularly drought, are having some serious consequences on grape and wine production throughout regional Victoria. As growing regions gradually become warmer, and heatwaves more common, the range of management options to deal with these challenges are limited due to the lack of access to supplementary irrigation water. Producers in these growing regions are after more information about how to understand drivers of climate and weather events and how manage vines. These Regional Focus Workshops were run in 2017 in Mornington Peninsula (18 July), Yarra Valley (19 July), Geelong (20 July), Wangaratta (26 July) and Ararat (27 July) and presentations tailored to each region and their specific challenges.

Presentations from the workshop are listed below:

Presentation Presenter
Understanding how vines deal with heat and water deficit Everard Edwards, CSIRO
BE ALERT: Is fungicide resistance coming to your vineyard? Suzanne McKay and Barbara Hall, SARDI
Managing seasonal heatwave events Paul Petrie, AWRI
The development of a low-input under-vine floor management system Chris Penfold, The University of Adelaide
2015 and 16, what happened? 2017, what might happen? Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria
Practical options to manage vintage compression Paul Petrie, SARDI and AWRI
Strategies to manage high alcohol and stuck ferments Geoff Cowey and Matt Holdstock, AWRI
Improving the understanding of smoke taint Ian Porter, DEDJTR / La Trobe University