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25/11/2008

New issue of Australian Viticulture packed full of pre-harvest information

Australian Viticulture is Australia’s only journal dedicated to the business of grapegrowing, and its November/December 2008 issue is full of practical information for pre-harvest know-how about spraying, wise water use and bird management.

The continuing drought is forcing grapegrowers to make tough decisions, as Terry Gange reports from one of the worst affected regions, the Victorian Murray Valley. We continue our coverage of the case studies Winetitles prepared for the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation’s Water & Vine: Managing the Challenge series of workshops around the Murray-Darling Basin, this time looking at the vineyards of Riverland grower Brian Caddy and Merbein South grower Lindsay McClelland.

Scholefield Robinson Horticultural Services has joined Australian Viticulture as its new Fundamental Viticulture columnists, and we welcome them aboard. Alison MacGregor, of the Mildura office, starts off with a discussion about the practicalities of minimising the cost of spraying while maximising results through careful monitoring of disease pressure at this time of the year.

Profitable Viticulture columnist Tony Hoare, of Hoare Consulting based in McLaren Vale, discussed the use of sulfur in the vineyard, and how to get the best powdery mildew defence in terms of spray coverage and timing.

Tasmanian correspondent Mark Smith interviewed Dr Kathy Evans, Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research fellow, about her research into botrytis bunch-rot, in follow-up to the article Mark contributed to the March/April 2008 issue of Australian Viticulture. Still on spraying, there’s information about the Australian workshop tour recently conducted by the Dr Andrew Landers of Cornell University in the USA, and a new trial being conducted in the Barossa Valley using liquid sunscreen to protect grapes from sun damage.

Looking at the new bird control techniques, growers may be interested to consider the use of ‘greening’ vineyards with native plants to act as a decoy food source for pest birds during the grape ripening season. We also present news about the field trial being undertaken in Victoria’s Yarra Valley to assess the feasibility of proposed new controls for electronic bird scarers.

This issue’s Varietal Report looks at Albarino, which Barossa Valley producer Damien Tscharke says is as reputable as Viognier and Gewürztraminer as an aromatic white wine style, and performs well in all climates.

Finally, friends and colleagues of Associate Professor Peter Dry, long-time Australian Viticulture contributor and ongoing editorial advisory panellist, joined him in celebrating his career highlights in October, after he retired from his teaching duties at the University of Adelaide in August. Read all about the event in this issue’s extensive coverage.

For further information about Australian Viticulture or to secure your copy of the November/December issue, featuring other timely practical information visit www.winebiz.com.au/ausvit/ or telephone Winetitles on +618 8292 0888.

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