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Richard Smart inducted into NZ Wine Hall of Fame
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Dr Richard Smart was recently inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame during the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards in Auckland.
He was inducted along with the late Joe Corban, distinguished viticulturist and nurseryman, and Ross Spence, the New Zealand vigneron who “discovered” Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.
Dr Smart was recognized for his contributions to New Zealand vineyards, especially by his work in improving New Zealand varieties and root stocks after phylloxera invasion, and his research into canopy management. He founded the New Zealand Society for Viticulture and Oenology and was organising chairman of the Second International Cool Climate Viticulture and Oenology Symposium in 1988.
The New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 2005 and to date there have been 17 inductees. Dr Smart had features in common with the first two inductees, the Scot James Busby, known as the father of Australian viticulture, and the Italian Romeo Bragato, with similar recognition for New Zealand. All three carried out viticulture in Australia before moving to similar pursuits in New Zealand.
Dr Smart said that it was not common for viticultural scientists to be given such recognition, and that he was extremely grateful to the New Zealand wine sector for granting him this honour.