Grapevine management guides

The Australian wine industry is based on numerous diverse and geographically separated wine regions. The extent of this diversity is unique when compared with our international competitors.

Of the wine producing Australian states, NSW exemplifies this diversity more than any other state. Capturing the benefits of this diversity is due, in no small way, to skillfully matching sites with varieties.

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The 2017–2018 edition of the Grapevine management guide focuses on the alternative and new varieties that are fast becoming more than just the latest fashion trend for inner city wine consumers.

With exports on the rise to Asia due to several free trade agreements and a lower Australian dollar, gaps exist in these and many other marketplaces for examples of NSW-produced Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek varietals outside the varieties that have typically been produced.

This guide provides a broad, balanced approach with input from leading viticulturists in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, winemakers and researchers on what’s already on the road to success and maybe what’s next.

The guide also includes the chemical appendices and the Australian Wine Research Institute's 'Dog book'.


This issue of the Grapevine management guide focuses on some of the emerging technology relevant to vineyards.

Among other things, the guide has a closer look at the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in vineyards, as well as the plethora of smart device apps that are appearing.

The guide complements this year’s Spring Vine Health workshops, which also concentrated on technology in vineyards.


Arguably one of the most important impacts the weather has on viticulture relates to how it affects risks to production. These include unpredictable episodic events such as frost and heat stress but also the role the weather has in determining susceptibility to pests
and disease. Continued research is being conducted to better refine our quantitative understanding of how the weather affects disease incidence and severity.

Also, improved management of pests and disease in response to unfavorable weather conditions is very much an active area of research. At the same time, our ability to measure weather conditions more accurately and more cheaply and access weather data in real times at various scales across the landscape continues to improve.

The skill with which we are able to predict weather conditions has also improved significantly. Furthermore, the provision of real time weather data to wine regions in NSW in order to assist in better management of pest and disease has been a strong focus of the NSW DPI funded Skills Development Program, in collaboration with the NSW Wine Industry Association.

Thus, it is timely for this year’s Grapevine Management Guide to review recent developments in measuring weather conditions in the vineyard and our ability to predict weather conditions at a range of time scales and how these have the potential to significantly change the way that pests and disease are managed in the vineyard.


The centre conducts research in a range of projects that span the continuum from the grapevine to the wine and on to the consumer. These projects are mainly co-funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) and often involve collaboration other R&D providers across

In addition to these research projects, other smaller studies are conducted by post graduate students and visiting scholars. Major research themes and projects are listed below:

  • Vine health and biosecurity theme
  • Vine quality and yield theme
  • Fruit and wine composition and style theme
  • Wine and consumers theme