2017 Don Martin Fellowship awarded

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The seventh recipient of the $10,000 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award, presented by the Alcorso Foundation, has been announced as Vaughn Dell of Sinapius Vineyard.

Vaughn will undertake study travel in Europe to investigate the potential for alternative cool-climate grape varieties and wine styles that may be suitable for Tasmania, such as Gamay, Gruner Veltliner and red and white field blends. His study will include visiting vignerons in Austria, Germany and France, with a focus on organic and biodynamic viticultural practices and minimal input winemaking techniques. Vaughn’s learnings and insights will be shared with Tasmanian vignerons on his return. 

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies welcomed the announcement of Vaughn Dell as the 2017 Don Martin Fellowship recipient.

“This valuable program initiated by the Alcorso Foundation continues to support the development of individual wine professionals, such as Vaughn, as well as the broader Tasmanian wine sector. The Don Martin Fellowship significantly supports the knowledge base and future adaptability of individual wine producers.”

The $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship was initiated by the Alcorso Foundation to commemorate influential Tasmanian viticulturist, Dr Don Martin. The Alcorso Foundation has partnered with the state’s peak body, Wine Tasmania, to deliver this Fellowship. The Fellowship is available to Tasmanian-based wine professionals to encourage research via study-based travel or new localised research projects across viticulture / oenology that benefits the broader sector. 

Alcorso Foundation President, Dr Caroline Alcorso, said the Fellowship was made possible through a generous bequest from former CSIRO Chair, Dr Don Martin, to the Alcorso Foundation in 2007.  

“Dr Martin was a great friend of my father Claudio Alcorso, and shared his passion for both improving the quality of Tasmania’s wine grapes and for the natural environment. This Fellowship commemorates a man known for his generosity and commitment to sharing scientific knowledge for the betterment of Tasmania’s wine industry.”

The Alcorso Foundation was formed in 2001 in memory of Italian immigrant and war refugee, Claudio Alcorso, founder of Moorilla.  Claudio was a pioneering and inspirational man who insisted that all individuals deserved a ‘fair go’ and an opportunity to succeed in their chosen field.  To find out more about the Foundation and its programs please visit www.alcorso.org.