Tailored regional research, development, adoption and extension through regional nodes – Victorian node
This project delivers high quality extension and practice change services to the wine-grape growers and wineries located in Victoria through a partnership between Wine Victoria (WV), the Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW), Wine Australia, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and the AWRI. The project activities are overseen by a Victorian Winegrowers Liaison Committee, which agrees on an annual workplan of activities under funding from DEDJTR and Wine Australia’s regional program.
A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between DEDJTR, Wine Australia, WV and the MVW. This MOU has paved the way for a new funding agreement between DEDJTR and the AWRI and maintained delivery support for the Wine Australia regional program in Victoria. The incorporation of the MVW into the MOU means that extension and adoption activities in the grape and wine sector in Victoria are coordinated in a more holistic manner. In 2014/2015 the key outcomes for the Victorian node included the delivery of an additional 18 unique extension events across Victoria, over and above the AWRI’s existing national roadshow seminar and workshop program. These extension activities were delivered in partnership with Wine Victoria and the regional grape and wine industry associations across Victoria.
The Victorian node also remains actively involved with the AWRI’s national research program and has been very active in guiding and supporting smoke taint research.