Regional engagement – Victorian Viticulture and Wine Innovation Program
The AWRI delivers high-quality extension and practice change services to Victorian wine-grape growers and wineries through a partnership with Wine Victoria and Wine Australia. Project activities are overseen by Wine Victoria, which agrees on an annual workplan of activities under funding from Wine Australia’s Regional Program.
Key extension activities in 2020/2021 included sustainability workshops and smoke taint seminars with a focus on lessons learned from 2020 and preparedness for future fire events. Additional events covered the ongoing evaluation of a rootstock demonstration trial in the Mornington Peninsula in collaboration with the University of Melbourne; planned burn coordination meetings with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; and tastings of wines from the AWRI’s Chardonnay winemaking treatments trial.