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April 2016

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In this edition

  • Funding to help grape growers solve their vineyard problems
  • Netting enclosures showing benefits
  • Agrochemicals booklet (‘Dog Book’) available in an app
  • Applications for Wine Growth Funds now available
  • Vineyards and wineries contributing to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  • AWRI events Calendar
  • Getting a taste for dry climate wines
  • Post-harvest care for grapevines: Irrigation and nutrition
  • How much has harvest advanced over the last twenty years?

Funding to help grape growers solve their vineyard problems

Wine grape growers with innovative ideas on how to solve vineyard problems are being encouraged to apply for the 2016 Vinnovation Award.

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Netting enclosures showing benefits

A study on the how the use of netting enclosures impact on water usage and increases for fruit production is underway in the Riverland with results available mid-year.

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Agrochemicals booklet (‘Dog Book’) available in an app

Information about agrochemicals is published annually by the AWRI in a booklet commonly known as the “Dog Book”
Now available in an app.
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Applications for Wine Growth Funds now available

For our Victorian members – The Wine Growth Fund is a grants program that aims to develop and sustainable grow the Victorian wine industry.  Applications for funding are now open.

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Vineyards and wineries contributing to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions

The AWRI provides an online tool to assist grape and wine businesses to measure and benchmark GHG emissions. In 2014/15 for the first time, vineyards and wineries reported their use of on farm and business generated renewable electricity through Entwine Australia. The results showed 11% of Entwine members were generating renewable energy.

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AWRI events calendar

14 April 2016 
Cover crop update (Webinar)

26 April 2016 
Victorian Trunk Disease Management Workshop – Mornington Peninsula
Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc VIC

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Getting a taste for dry climate wines

If Peter Clingeleffer ran a restaurant, it would have a pretty daunting wine list.

Over the past six years he has commissioned small batches of wine from more than 150 different varieties that are not currently planted – let alone made into wine – in Australia to see which have the greatest potential to help the sector with the practical implications of climate change.

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Post-harvest care for grapevines: Irrigation and nutrition

Temperatures in most Australian grape-growing regions are warm enough for vines to retain their leaves for a period of time after harvest. In cooler areas, this may only be for a few weeks, but more commonly it extends from 1 to 4 months in the hotter, inland regions.

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How much has harvest advanced over the last twenty years?

Quite a lot, most people would answer. And we can now quantify it due to analysis by Dr Paul Petrie and Dr Victor Sadras of commercial maturity data from several South Australian regions.

From 1995 to 2014, harvest date has advanced between one and two days every year. On average, that’s means harvest is at least 3 weeks earlier now than it was 20 years ago.

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