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5/11/2015

Natalie Fryar named as Tasmanian Viticulture Fellowship winner

The fifth recipient of the $10,000 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award, presented by the Alcorso Foundation, has been announced as Natalie Fryar of BTD Wine Enterprises.

Fryar will undertake a three week study tour throughout Europe, the United States and New Zealand, to investigate wine varieties and grapevine clones most suitable for Tasmania in the changing climate and as the wine sector continues to grow.

Fryar will also examine how other wine regions manage planting sites and stock and link with relevant, long term, outcomes-focused research priorities in the context of a changing climate.

Sheralee Davies, Wine Tasmania CEO, welcomed the announcement and said the Alcorso Foundation has instigated the valuable program to support research into key areas of relevance to the Tasmanian wine sector.

“As part of the Fellowship requirements, learnings from this research will be shared with the broader Tasmanian wine community, ensuring the benefits are widespread,” Davies said. “In the context of a changing climate, Natalie’s research is particularly relevant and we look forward to learning and benefitting from her investigations.”

The $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship was initiated to commemorate influential Tasmanian viticulturist, Dr Don Martin, by the Alcorso Foundation. The Alcorso Foundation has partnered with the state’s peak wine sector body, Wine Tasmania, to deliver this Fellowship.

The Fellowship is available to Tasmanian-based wine professionals to encourage research across viticulture / oenology that benefits the broader sector. It supports a practicing wine professional undertaking study-based national or international travel or provides seed funding for targeted on-the-ground research projects.

Dr Caroline Alcorso, Alcorso Foundation President, said the Fellowship was made possible through a generous bequest from former CSIRO Chair, Dr Don Martin, to the Alcorso Foundation in 2007.

“Dr Martin was a great friend of my father Claudio Alcorso, and shared his passion for both improving the quality of Tasmania’s wine grapes and for the natural environment,” she said. “This Fellowship commemorates a man known for his generosity and commitment to sharing scientific knowledge for the betterment of Tasmania’s wine industry.”

The Alcorso Foundation was formed in 2001 in memory of Italian immigrant and war refugee, Claudio Alcorso, founder of Moorilla. Claudio was a pioneering and inspirational man who insisted that all individuals deserved a ‘fair go’ and an opportunity to succeed in their chosen field.

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