VinØ 2021 - Annual Report

The VinØ ('vin zero') program is Tasmania's best management practice system, designed and tailored to assist the island's producers monitor, improve, benchmark and communicate their viticultural and winery practices.

It is a significant and important initiative, providing a user-friendly management and reporting tool. Program members each receive a detailed annual benchmarking report, which identifies areas of their business where they are performing well against best practice, as well as areas requiring improvement. It also allows them to benchmark their performance against fellow program participants.

Below is the annual report for the 2021 season, which included a new module on Carbon Emissions, a critical area of importance to wine producers. Human-induced carbon emissions have been directly linked to the changing climate and a warming temperature, which has a significant impact on the Tasmanian wine sector. The recently-released Australia’s Wine Future: A Climate Atlas has highlighted anticipated future impacts on existing wine growing areas of Tasmania. By measuring, managing, reducing and mitigating our carbon emissions now, we can aim to achieve Net Zero Emissions well in advance of the proposed national target of 2050. This will once again put Tasmania at the forefront of being responsible custodians of the land and climate.

Wine Tasmania congratulates the 2021 VinØ Champion - Waterton Hall, and the 2021 VinØ Most Improved - Southwood Wines!

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The data...

Over half of the vineyard area in Tasmania continues to be managed under VinØ, with 35 vineyards completing their online workbooks or participating in another recognised certified program

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This year saw a strong increase in new wine producer members participating in the VinØ program

New members

Program Member Results

The overall program results declined in 2020/21, reflecting the higher proportion of new members. New members will be further supported next season, to help them measure and improve their practices across the course of the year.
(members are scored on each of their metrics from 4, great, to 0, needs improvement)

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This season, the combined average across members resulted in an overall score of 2.24 out of a perfect mark of 4.


14% of members are certified under formal accredited systems, which are recognised by the VinØ program and Wine Tasmania


Module Results

The program is divided into nine modules:

1. Soil Health, Nutrition and Fertiliser Management

2. Pest and Disease Management

3. Biodiversity Management

4. Water Management

5. Waste Management

6. Social (Work, Community, and Winery Relations)

7. Biosecurity

8. Winery management

9. Carbon Emissions

Biodiversity Management and Winery Management will be a focus of extension and education activities by Wine Tasmania in 2021/22. Wine Tasmania has begun a dedicated project to investigate Carbon Emissions in the sector.

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Areas in which Tasmanian wine producers are performing well:

Soil Health - Weed Control Strategy
Pests - Grapevine Agrochemical Application Records; Planting Material
Water - Water Source
Biosecurity - Biosecurity Vineyard Inspections
People - Remuneration

Areas showing an opportunity for improvement:

Soil Health - Soil Identification; Soil, Acidity and Alkalinity Salinity Management; Organic Matter
Biodiversity - Site Audit; Biodiversity Action Plan
Water - Water Management Strategy; Infiltration and Over Watering; Irrigation Records
Biosecurity - Training and Induction; Property Entry; Personnel Disinfestation
Winery - Environmental Action Planning; Emergency Spill Response; Winery Water Management Program; Winery Wastewater Management; Biodiversity Plan - Winery Site; Air, Energy & Fuel
Waste - Waste Management Planning, Monitoring and Recording; Waste Management Training; Creosote or CCA Timber Posts
People - Contractor Selection and Hiring; Record Keeping for the Purchasing Winery
Carbon - Carbon Emissions

Wine Tasmania acknowledges the Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of lutruwita (Tasmania), our island home. We pay our respects to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, their Elders past, present and emerging, their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, water and community.