The $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship was initiated to commemorate influential Tasmanian viticulturist, Dr Don Martin. The Fellowship is available to Tasmanian-based practising professionals working in Tasmania's wine sector to encourage research across viticulture/oenology. Its intent is to provide an individual with the opportunity to undertake national or international travel for study or practical activities that will benefit the Tasmanian wine sector through innovation, sustainability and best practice.

The Fellowship was possible through a generous bequest from Dr Martin to the Alcorso Foundation, a great friend of Claudio Alcorso both of them sharing a passion about improving wine grapes grown in Tasmania.  Through this fellowship, Dr Martin's bequest provides a valuable opportunity for individuals in the Tasmanian wine sector to explore leading sustainable practices outside Tasmania and share that knowledge for the benefit of the broader Tasmanian wine sector.

Applicants may submit applications for travel to undertake:

  • Work experience at an operating vineyard and/or winery
  • Studies at relevant institutions, many of which offer ‘summer school’ courses
  • Master classes (paid and unpaid)
  • Seminars and workshops on related topics, including water management, clonal research, soil monitoring (etc)
  • Symposiums and expositions such as the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Field Days (etc)

Interested applicants may contact Paul Smart at Wine Tasmania for further information relating to the Fellowship at psmart@winetasmania.net.au

Past Recipients:  

2016: Fran Austin, Delamere Vineyards
2015: Natalie Fryer, BTD Wine Enterprises 
2014: James Aubrey, Hill Smith Family Vineyards
2013: Dr. Fiona Kerslake, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture 
2012: Jennifer Doyle, Frogmore Creek Wines 
2011: Paul Smart, Pressing Matters Vineyard 

As part of the conditions of the Fellowship, each recipient must provide a report and presentation to the Tasmanian wine community upon completion, in order to share learnings and information obtained for the benefit of the broader sector. These reports are available to Tasmanian wine producers and please contact Paul Smart for copies.