Wine Industry Newsletter

Future Events

AWRI webinar series

The origin of Chardonnay clones with historical significance in Australia and California

Thursday 29 April 2021

The Chardonnay clone Gingin was imported into Western Australia in 1957 and has become one of Australia’s oldest recognised Chardonnay clones. While its phenotypic similarity to other Chardonnay clones has been noted, its exact origins remained a mystery. The AWRI has established a robust methodology for Chardonnay clonal identification that harnesses the detailed information provided by whole-genome DNA sequencing. This genomic technology was applied to unravel the history of this important grapevine clone by sequencing samples of Gingin and other clones suspected to be related to Gingin, including Mendoza and OF Chard. The findings shed light on the origins of these Chardonnay clones, while demonstrating the utility of the clonal genetic identification technology.

Further information and registration details

National Bushfire Conference

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Wine Australia in collaboration with the ASVO, Australian Grape & Wine and AWRI will host a national presentation on the latest research findings on bushfire preparedness, smoke effects and recovery from fire. The National Bushfire Conference 2021 will feature leading researchers and be presented at several regional venues including to the DPIRD South Perth office.

Where: DPIRD South Perth office, 3 Baron-Hay Court South Perth

Program and registration details are available on the Wine Australia website.

Virtual Virus Symposium

Thursday 27 May 2021

A collaboration between WA and Limestone Coast, this virtual symposium aims to heighten the awareness of grapevine viruses. Speakers from New Zealand, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will deliver the latest scientific understandings of biology, translocation and transmission of common and exotic viruses as well as practical management strategies.

Where: Margaret River HEART, 47 Wallcliffe Road Margaret River

Program details will become available soon, in the meantime contact Richard Fennessy for further information.

Sustainability workshops

A series of sustainability workshops are being planned to begin in late June 2021. These events will be delivered in Margaret River and Great Southern featuring both local and AWRI (livestreamed) presenters. The focus of the presentations will be to demonstrate the functionality of the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia program and provide a number of case studies.

Further details will be available closer to the date, contact Richard Fennessy for further information.

Biosecurity workshops

A roadshow of biosecurity workshops is being planned for June and August, featuring expert speaker Craig Elliott from Wine Australia to be delivered in Swan Valley, Margaret River and Great Southern. The workshops are being tailored for vineyard managers, vineyard operators and cellardoor managers. Attendees will improve their knowledge of biosecurity principles and actions enabling the development of property biosecurity plans.  

Further details will be available closer to the date, contact Richard Fennessy for further information.