Regional engagement – the AWRI Victorian node
This project delivers high quality extension and practice change services to the wine-grape growers and wineries in Victoria through a partnership between Wine Victoria (WV), Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW), Wine Australia, Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) and the AWRI. The project activities are overseen by a Victorian Winegrowers Liaison Committee, which agrees on an annual workplan of activities under Agriculture Victoria funding and Wine Australia Regional Program funding.
Key extension activities in 2017/2018 included a sparkling wine symposium, evaluation of a rootstock demonstration trial in Mornington Peninsula, a rootstock symposium, events on managing stuck and sluggish ferments, tastings from the AWRI’s Shiraz winemaking trial and sessions on smoke taint. The AWRI completed the requirements of its 2014-2017 collaborative project and finalised key extension resources on biosecurity, climate change, smoke taint and quality management in the vineyard.