Wine Tasmania's Annual Field Day
Wine Tasmania holds an annual Technical Field Day to provide information, presentations, case studies, debate, practical tastings and vineyard visits across a range of topics.The 2016 Roberts/Wine Tasmania Field Day, themed “Yield and Profitability”, was held on Tuesday 29 November and was well received and attended.
Presentations were given by Paul Smart on the 2016 Vintage Report, Brenden Green from Roberts on yield from an agricultural perspective, Conor van der Reest, Wine Tasmania's Technical Committee Chair, on Yield and Quality from Canada, Dr Jo Jones from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture on Yield Research, and Mark Brewer from TasTAFE spoke about Yield and how it relates to VinØ, Tasmania’s newly named Best Practice Management system.
Case studies were also presented by Dr Andrew Pirie (Apogee Tasmania) on the economics of high yielding sparkling and from James Aubrey (Jansz) on how Jansz is trying to lift yields. The panel discussion from Dr Andrew Pirie, James Aubrey, Matt Pooley (Pooley Wines) and Tom Wallace (Brown Brothers) was very good with lots of interesting questions arising, particularly around what is fit for purpose grapes. Attendees will be getting an email very soon with the presentations and also a short survey.
Thank you to Wine Australia (funding partner), to Roberts as the naming rights sponsor and Wine Tasmania partner, and to the exhibitors - Roberts, Kolmark, Geotas, Midland Tractors, AustSafe Super and Serve-Ag. Thanks also to the Wine Tasmania Technical Committee members, who assisted with the event arrangements.
Sparkling Viticulture Workshop
Thirty-three Wine Tasmania members gathered on 26 September 2015 at Coal Valley Vineyard to discuss sparkling wine viticulture. Presenters Dr Andrew Pirie, Dr Fiona Kerslake and Natalie Fryar led discussion on terroir, climate, clones, vine balance, pruning, harvesting technique, nutrition, seasonal variation and winemaker requirements. Feedback from participants was very positive. We tasted Fiona’s wines from her experiments on crop loading and the facilitated forum in the afternoon indicated that more work on sparkling wine viticulture would benefit the Tasmanian wine sector. The day itself offered ideal conditions for a workshop - windy, cold and wet, and Gill and Todd at Coal Valley Vineyard put on a great display of hospitality.
Dr Fiona Kerslake's presentation is available here.
Dr Andrew Pirie's presentation is available here.