Under-vine Cover Cropping and Pruning Workshop

A healthy vineyard floor is paramount to a healthy vine and quality grapes. The conventional practice in Tasmania is a mown sward in the mid row and a herbicide strip under the vine. With narrow rows, this can result in up to 50% of the vitiscape under herbicide and the harmful effects of this. This will be a demonstration workshop from a one-year-old planting of under vine species, a discussion about the benefits of mid-row cover cropping and a presentation from Dr Chris Penfold. We will also hear from the Yield Project researchers about how cane and spur differ (or not) in yield, and the options available to reduce costs of pruning, include a demonstration of the Klima.


  • Under Vine Cover Cropping - The Science - Chris Penfold (Researcher, University of Adelaide)
  • A History of Under Vine and Mid Row Management at Jansz Parish - Jen Doyle (Vigneron, Jansz)
  • Experiences in Tasmanian And New Zealand Organic Under Vine Management - Chris Martin (Viticulturist, Stefano Lubiana Wines)
  • Mid Row Cropping Advantages - Chris Penfold (Researcher, University of Adelaide)
  • Inspection of The Under Vine Cover Crop Trial Plot
  • How Does Mechanical Cane Pruning Influence Yield - Harriet Walker (PhD Candidate with The Yield Project, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
  • Round Table Discussion - Cost Implications of Mechanical Pruning from Growers Who Have Used It 
  • Demonstration and Viewing of Mechanical Cane Pruning in Action (Klima Gen 2), Including How to Hand Prune Prepare/Clean Up

Lunch included


09:45-14:30, Tuesday 8 May 2018
Jansz Parish
446 Brinktop Rd

Cost for this event is $45 (Wine Tasmania members), $90 (non-members).
Tickets are limited.
Registrations close 3 days prior.

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