2019 Annual Field Day - ‘Yield from the Soil’

Wine Tasmania's annual Field Day is on again in 2019. The 12th Wine Tasmania Field Day will be held at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston on Tuesday the 3rd of September.

The day will be jam-packed with practical and relevant presentations from a range of expert presenters, including: 


Downloadable Program here

9:00: Registration and Trade Show opens (includes Tea/Coffee on arrival) 
• “VinØ Members Only” Forum
10:00: Session 1 – Hosted by Paul Smart
• Welcome and housekeeping
10:05: Taking Tasmanian Wine to The World
• Sheralee Davies, CEO of Wine Tasmania, will present the latest facts and figures on the Tasmanian wine sector and outline current priorities.
10:15: How Climate and Soils Determine Grapevine Yields 
• Dr Mike Trought, well-respected vine scientist from New Zealand, will present research findings on how climate and soils affect yields and what this means for Tasmania.
11:00: Structured soils and viticulture
• Andrew Clarke, “The Dirt Dude”, will present information from his Nuffield Scholarship on the relationship between healthy soils and yields, including first-hand experience from four years spent in the Yarra Valley.
11:30: What is Functional Biodiversity?
• Dr Mary Retallack, a biodiversity consultant, will discuss “functional” biodiversity, and how it helps to control pests and diseases.
11:50: Trunk disease, what now?
• Dr Mark Sosnowski, world leader on trunk disease, will share his expertise on trunk diseases, changes in prevalence, pathogens, causes and how to take action to reduce/prevent them.
12:35: Session 1 Panel Q&A
• Log into to www.sli.do and use event code #fieldday
12:45: Lunch (Trade Show Area)
13:45: Session 2 Hosted by Matt Pooley  
• Pooley Wines and Deputy Chair, Wine Tasmania Technical Committee
13:46: Tasmanian Yield Stabilisation Research Project
• Researchers from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture will present a summary of the three-year project into yield fluctuations in Tasmania, what producers may do to help stabilise yields, and therefore profitability.
14:45: Session 2 Panel Q&A
• Log into to www.sli.do and use event code #fieldday
14:55: Afternoon Tea (Trade Show Area)
15:25: Session 3 Hosted by Kellie Hoffmann
• Treasury Wine Estates and Chair, Wine Tasmania Technical Committee
15:26: Wine Tasmania Technical Update
• Paul Smart, Wine Tasmania’s Technical and Extension Officer, will present an update on the activities of the last 12 months including the Vintage Report, Pinot Noir Clonal survey, biosecurity and VinØ Program.
15:35: The Tasmanian Plant Biosecurity System: What happened in the last 2 years, and what is coming?
• Dr Ryan Wilkinson, Industry Collaboration Manager at Biosecurity Tasmania, will provide an update on the last two years of Biosecurity in Tasmania, and potential future biosecurity issues.
15:50: Case Study: Bangor
• Matt Dunbabin, multi-generational farmer from Bangor at Dunalley, will share his experiences growing a young wine business, yield management in challenging circumstances, and his use of a novel alternative practice for leaf plucking.
16:00: European Wasp Behaviour, fact and furphy
• Dr Cathy Byrne, Senior Curator of Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, was involved in creating the original Fipronil wasp bait program. She will share her knowledge on wasp behaviour, utilising a European Wasp nest as part of her presentation.
16:10: Session 3 Panel Q&A
• Log into to www.sli.do and use event code #fieldday
16:20: End
• Wrap up and goodbye


A range of suppliers to the Tasmanian wine sector will be on hand to showcase their goods and services, including the following. Please email Paul to enquire about exhibiting at the Field Day.


Biosecurity Tasmania

VinØ Member Forum

A VinØ Member Forum will be held prior to the Field Day, commencing at 9.00am (invitations will be sent directly to members). This is a private, free workshop for members of the VinØ Program, supporting them to improve their business and practices. This year will focus on biodiversity, with tools and tips for maximising participation in VinØ, insights on the 2018/19 season and launch of the new Resources benchmarking module. Further information on VinØ is available here or by contacting Paul.

2019 Field Day Details

9.00am - Trade Show Opens
10:00am - 4.30pm - Presentations
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside, Launceston


Registrations are now open - tickets are $55+GST for Wine Tasmania members (login to access) and $115+GST for non-members. Click on the link below to book now!