Wine Industry Newsletter

Future events

Soil microbes in viticulture: lessons from the Okanagan Valley

Soil is the source of all microbes that influence wine quality from the vine to the bottle.  Irrigation, fertilization and cover crop management significantly alter soil microbes – which can affect their vigour, yield and berry composition. Unfortunately, soil microbes are not often part of vineyard management plans. 

Miranda Hart is a professor from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.  She studies soil microbial ecology and plant microbe interactions in viticultural systems, largely in the Okanagan wine growing region.  Her work focuses on how growers can manipulate soil biodiversity to improve vine performance and berry quality. In this talk, Miranda will discuss how soil microbes can be used as a tool in viticultural systems.

  • When: Friday, 29 March from 3.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Where: Room W10 - Margaret River Education Campus, Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Register here

One-day Export Ready Session

Developed for new and experienced exporters, Growing Wine Exports is a practical, hands-on national skills development program delivered through regional workshops and working sessions, and supported by a comprehensive suite of user-friendly tools.

In this one-day workshop, you will develop an export prospectus outlining your initial market intent, potential wine offer, sales target estimates and market risks – as well as a working draft of your export brand story.

  • Margaret River – 6 May
  • Great Southern – 8 May
  • Swan Valley – 10 May

Cost: $50 (+GST)

More information and registration details can be found on the Wine Australia website.

Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production research update

The Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (TC-IWP), located at the University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University, will be visiting Margaret River on Wednesday 15 May 2019. The TC-IWP conducts research across a number of areas directly relevant to the wine industry.  Research projects fall into two broad themes: Responding to Challenges and Increasing Profitability.

Eleven researchers will talk about an integrated approach to achieving lower alcohol levels in wines, viticultural practices to grow grapes with more flavour and less sugar, how to manage bunch heterogeneity, indigenous yeast, smoke taint, how to increase efficiency of winemaking processes, and distinctive flavours of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines with a focus on Margaret River wines.

You can find out more about TC-IWP research on their website. There will be an opportunity to hear about the most recent research at the universities and to provide an industry feedback to the researchers.

The event will be hosted by the Margaret River Wine Association at the Margaret River Education Campus campus.

  • When: Wednesday, 15 May from 9.00am – 1.00pm (followed by lunch and networking)
  • Where: Margaret River Education Campus, Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
  • Cost: Presentation Only $15 | Presentation & Lunch $25 (both tickets include morning tea)
  • Registration: Book tickets here.

Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition

The 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 21-24 July 2019. This event will incorporate the Outlook Conference in partnership with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, feature the WineTech trade exhibition in collaboration with the Wine Industry Suppliers Association and Fair Events, and partner with the McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner. Program details will be added to this site as they become available.

Registrations are now open.

  • Date: 21-24 July 2019
  • Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

Details regarding the program and registration can be found at