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Post-harvest planning and pruning among key information in new Australian Viticulture

The May/June 2009 issue of Australian Viticulture, Australia’s only magazine dedicated to the business of viticulture, will be released in a matter of days, packed with the practical knowledge that its readers have come to expect in its 13-year history.

This issue’s highlights include a review of post-harvest planning by Fundamental Viticulture columnist Yasmin Chalmers, of Scholefield Robinson Mildura, who writes that now is the ideal time of the season to reflect on the 2008–09 vintage and start putting plans in place for vineyard and business operations in 2009–10.

With pruning under way in most winegrape growing regions, Profitable Viticulture columnist Tony Hoare, of McLaren Vale-based Hoare Consulting, examines the means of cutting the cost of pruning without compromising the vineyard. Australian Viticulture's Sonya Logan caught up with Matthew Bailey, vineyard manager of Taltarni’s Moonambel vineyard in Victoria’s Pyrenees to hear about his methods for managing the pruning of its 100ha vineyard, using experienced and less experienced pruning crews at various stages of the process.

Australian Viticulture provides information relevant to vineyards of all sizes, but in this issue, we take a look at managing large acreage vineyards, through the eyes of four vineyard managers from different Australian States, to gain an insight into how plantings of this size are kept healthy and profitable.

Vineyard equipment is a major feature mid-year, and as Lauren Jones discovered, Foster’s is undertaking a review of its tractor fleet to operate a single brand across its more than 100 vineyards around Australia. Read more in the full interview with Foster’s national vineyard maintenance coordinator John Owen.

With winter upon us, the focus is on red winegrape varieties, including a report from Yalumba viticulturists Nick Dry and Dan Newson about the work being done with various new Merlot clones in the Hill-Smith family’s Smith & Hooper vineyards, in South Australia’s Wrattonbully. This issue’s Varietal Report looks at Zinfandel, which challenges growers in the vineyard, but has proven a delight for wineries committed to making varietal wines from it.

In other key reports, Australian Viticulture Tasmanian correspondent Mark Smith interviewed Dr Dean Metcalf about his work to commercially produce a biological control agent for Botrytis cinerea; and we present the latest developments from Australia’s largest investigation of how conventional, organic and biodynamic vineyard management systems affect soil properties, vineyard physiology and winegrape quality, led by University of Adelaide PhD student Luke Johnston.

To secure your copy of the May/June 2009 Australian Viticulture and have full access to the reports mentioned, plus other practical information visit www.winebiz.com.au/ausvit/ or telephone Winetitles on +618 8292 0888 pre-Friday 12 June, or +618 8369 9500 thereafter at its new premises, 630 Regency Road, Broadview, Adelaide.

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