Post-harvest vineyard management key to a successful season

What you do after you harvest your grapes is critical to successful spring vine performance, according to two leading viticultural researchers.

Dr Mike McCarthy, South Australian Research and Development Institute, and Dr Jason Smith, National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, spoke with growers at a series of grower workshops on how to set up their vineyards for an efficient start to next season.

The workshops, coordinated by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), were held in 15 regions in 5 states and covered how to manage extreme weather conditions during the season, as well as the replenishment of carbohydrate reserves in grapevines after harvest.

This week, a short video with key post-harvest information has been released, and is available at online along with factsheets on post-harvest management and sustainable salinity.

Of the 310 workshop survey participants, 75 per cent confirmed they will make changes to their business following the workshops, including by improving post-harvest nutrition and paying greater attention to variation in weather extremes.

The success of the workshop series was further demonstrated by 95 percent of attendees agreeing that the workshop met their overall expectations.

According to GWRDC Executive Director Stuart Thomson, ‘the success of the workshop series demonstrates that growers support GWRDC’s commitment to connecting current research to real-life practice’.

‘The post-harvest season is an essential time for growers to implement strategies that will help prepare them for the next season.

‘We’re pleased to be able to offer these leading experts to industry as part of our grape and wine workshops and look forward to extending more exciting research outcomes in the near future’, he said.

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Online information

Background

GWRDC invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’ to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

We collaborate with key stakeholders to coordinate and direct investments to best address the sector’s RD&E priorities. GWRDC is funded by levies paid by grapegrowers and winemakers and the Australian Government, that provides matching funds.

On 1 July 2014, GWRDC will merge with Wine Australia to form the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). AGWA will continue to invest in and direct RD&E to meet the needs of the Australian wine sector.

For further information:
Abbey Flanagan, Communications Coordinator / Ph: 08 8273 0500 / 0401 082 124 Email:  abbey@gwrdc.com.

Post-harvest season