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 2018/2019 included evaluation of a rootstock demonstration trial and associated seminar in the Mornington Peninsula, integrated pest management workshops, soft pruning workshops, tastings from the AWRI’s Cabernet Sauvignon winemaking trial and sessions on smoke taint. The AWRI finalised a business plan in collaboration with Wine Victoria for future funding between 2019 and 2023, focusing on four key priorities: climate change, premiumisation and productivity, biosecurity and smoke taint.