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King Valley Vignerons receives National Landcare Program grant
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A grant of $97,400 has been approved by the National Landcare Program for the first year of a three year project entitled ‘Sustainable Management of Water and other Natural Resources for Improved Grape Quality’. This exciting new project will investigate and trial issues regarding the sustainability of current resource management to ensure that the King Valley wine region remains profitable and competitive in the domestic and global wine market. The project will focus on water use, its availability, soil management, vine canopy management, fruit quality and sustainable production systems and has the support of several partner organizations such as local Landcare Groups, North East Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn Murray Water, Rural City of Wangaratta, Dept. of Primary Industries, Victoria, Dept. for Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, Melbourne University and Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation.
The major objectives are:
▪ Understanding vineyard soil and water relationships ▪ Understanding water usage, timing and climate in the vineyard ▪ Increasing grower awareness of factors effecting fruit quality in the vineyard ▪ Increasing adoption of new technologies ▪ Improving fruit quality utilizing canopy manipulation ▪ Exploring options for minimal input viticulture