Technical Information

This section of the website contains technical information and details of the Tasmanian VinØ system, resources and information on production and vineyard management, as well as details of technical workshops and events.

Wine Tasmania’s active and committed Technical Committee oversees activities relating to technical and production issues, reporting to the Wine Tasmania Board. Activities are delivered by Wine Tasmania's technical and extension officer, Paul Smart. Paul is available to visit your vineyard to discuss any aspect of sustainable viticultural production.  If you wish to arrange a visit please contact Paul on 03 6223 3770 or psmart@winetasmania.net.au.

In 2016/17, partial support for Tasmanian wine extension activities has been provided by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment.

VinØ

The Tasmanian VinØ system is a tailored, accredited environmental management framework, to assist producers to monitor, report and improve their practices. It is designed to provide a range of integrated tools, templates and protocols to Tasmanian winegrape growers for the purpose of evaluating, recording, improving and reporting their sustainability.

It is a significant and important initiative, providing a user-friendly reporting tool. Not only is this intended to support vineyard practices, outcomes and efficiencies, it will also provide a credible platform which can be promoted to customers in due course.

The reporting criteria dictate the minimum requirements to attain achievement of progress toward Best Management Practice. It was initiated to accomplish two objectives:

  1. To provide a template for all Tasmanian winegrowers to assess and improve their own sustainability against a set of Best Practice parameters and recognised metrics; and
  2. To provide the evidence to the greater community that Tasmanian winegrowers take their stewardship of the landscape seriously.

“Sustainable production is an economically viable system in which production occurs without degrading or damaging the natural resources that support production, benefiting the property, the community, the broader environment and future generations.”

VinØ has been made possible through the work of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, which has offered its program to other wine regions, as well as the dedicated efforts of the Wine Tasmania Technical Committee to review and tailor this for Tasmania.

This program, which was launched in March 2016, is only available to members of Wine Tasmania. Members can click here to access more information.

If you are not a member of Wine Tasmania and would like further information about membership and VinØ, please contact the office on (03) 6223 3770 or send an email to mail@winetasmania.net.au.

Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) Report

The AWRI has released its 2013 report, providing an overview of its activities over the past twelve months. Director Dan Johnson attended the Wine Tasmania Board meeting on 20 February and provided an overview of the highlights. The AWRI’s Annual Report is available at www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AWRI-Annual-Report-2013.pdf, with the supplementary overview available here.

Are you importing grapevine material into Tasmania? 

Tasmania enjoys many advantages, such as being Phylloxera free, and this will only continue as long as strict biosecurity measures are followed. It is a legal requirement to lodge a "Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania" form with Biosecurity Tasmania before bringing planting material into to Tasmania, with penalties for not complying. Forms and more information can be found here. There are Import Requirements and associated treatments which must be certified as well as the requirement to submit an NOI. These requirements are detailed in the Plant Biosecurity Manual found here. If you have any concerns or questions about biosecurity please contact Paul Smart at Wine Tasmania.

Submission regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Wine Tasmania has provided a submission to the review of the Moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). In summary, the submission reiterated the current position of Wine Tasmania, in that no GMO’s would be used in the production of Tasmanian wine. It also identified risks, environmental and marketing/brand image, in allowing GMO’s into Tasmania, as well as outlining scope for potential benefits of GM technology. This submission is available here and members are invited to contact Wine Tasmania with any questions or comments.