The Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology

Autumn 2014

Survey: What is your most pertinent issue (apart from profitability)?
Membership renewal
ASVO Director Profile: David Wollan
Regional focus: Victoria
ASVO Mildura seminar, register now
The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition
Easy way to keep track of favourite wines
Early View: Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research

What is your most pertinent issue (apart from profitability)?

Your ASVO committee is planning the November seminar and we’d like your opinions on three topics that we believe would be of interest and use to you:

1. Dealing with earlier, hotter and more compressed vintages
2. Smoke taint – the state of the art (and science)
3. An update on the art and science of wine sensory evaluation

Of course, if none of these topics grab your interest we are keen to hear your suggestions.
By completing the survey you can opt to be entered into a random drawing for complimentary registration at the seminar.
You can be frank about your answers as your responses are anonymous.
We estimate the survey should take less than 5 minutes.

Membership renewal


Thank you to the many members who have already renewed.

This year we made significant changes to streamline the renewal process. The feedback from members has been very positive and we are pleased to see that our membership renewals to date are significantly above last year. We have also listened to our international members and made it possible to renew without the GST component that Australian residents must pay.
We made an early bird discount available to non concession members again this year. The discount is available only until the 31st of May so don't miss out.

How do I renew my membership?

All Members have been sent a renewal email to their nominated email. If you have not received your renewal notice or would like us to re-send your renewal notice, please contact our membership office on 0488 488 416 or send us an email or click here to renew online

How do I stay up to date with all the important information and news?

Throughout the year, the ASVO will be communicating important messages to members . In order to stay up to date, please ensure that your email is listed and up to date within your account. To update any of your details, please log into the members portal

ASVO Regional Directors

Regional Directors work closely in their regions to ensure that ASVO initiatives are effectively communicated to members. They are charged with strategically and sustainably growing and developing membership in their regions. They serve as the primary contact for their regions, so if you know someone who should be a member, let your regional director know.
To help you get to know them, we will be profiling Regional Director and region in each of the upcoming newsletters.

ASVO Director profile: David Wollan

David graduated from the Wine Science course in Wagga Wagga in 1979. From 1979 he spent 4 years as winemaker at Arrowfield Wines in the Hunter Valley before moving to the Yarra Valley to establish Tarrawarra Vineyard. He managed it and was chief winemaker for 12 years. In the early 1990s, he formed the company Wine File to develop a PC based winery management system. In 1994, with colleague Gary Baldwin, David established Wine Network, where, as a director and consultant, he spent a number of years advising wineries in Australia and elsewhere concentrating on the development and application of membrane separation technologies. David invented processes for smoke taint removal and alcohol reduction and is currently pursuing a master's degree by research at the University of Adelaide.
David also represents the ASVO on the AWITC Board and is heading up the program committee for the Adelaide seminar, coming up in November.

Region in focus: Victoria

Summer around Victoria was slightly hotter than the historical average but more frontal changes kept down the number of extreme temperature days compared to recent years. Possibly as a result, another early start to harvest seemed to catch many Victorian producers by surprise. Once they responded, winemakers were generally very pleased with fruit development: analyses were good and flavours very satisfying.
NE Victoria had a record early start. NW Victoria was reportedly milder and as a result quality was enhanced. Western Victoria reported lighter shiraz yields and the early harvested material was particularly good while later fruit didn’t meet the same standard. The real highlights of the harvest appear to be the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley which both reported outstanding quality, if not generous yields.

ASVO Mildura seminar, register now.

This year’s much anticipated ASVO Mildura seminar will be held on Wednesday the 22nd and Thursday 23rd of July in the Mildura Arts Centre.
The full program is now available on the seminar website.

This years seminar is better value for money than ever. We have included lunch on both days for all delegates and expanded the social program with more opportunities to network and catch up with friends and colleagues. Delegates with full registration can enjoy the welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday. The Welcome Reception and Seminar Diner will be held in the Mildura Brewery Pub. This unique, locally operated business owned by Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza is inside the former Astor Theatre, an immpressive art deco building in Mildura's restaurant precinct.
Delegates with full registration will also enjoy the morning after breakfast on Thursday morning, and will be able to speak to keynote speakers face to face.

The seminars are designed to share knowledge and stimulate discussion. We encourage attendees to ask questions on the day, or submit them in advance for the presenter’s consideration.
We look forward to seeing you all in Mildura, for what will be an informative and enjoyable event.
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The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition

The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition is returning to Adelaide in July 2016. The program will include esteemed local and international speakers, workshops, technical posters, an expansive trade exhibition and networking events. A call for workshop submissions and poster abstracts will take place in the coming months and registrations will open in February 2016. Contact information and further details are available here


Easy way to keep track of favourite wines

This is an ideal free tool for anyone who has a serious interest in developing their wine sensory skills.

My Wine World makes it very easy to build up a searchable archive of your favourite wines, with star ratings and even photos of the wine labels.

My Wine World’ guides users through the assessment of wine appearance, smell, flavour, taste and the feel of the wine in the mouth. Users can record tasting notes and their own ratings in a searchable archive.  but also for those who just love wine but don’t have much technical knowledge.

Early View: Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research

Effect of ageing of sweet Sherry wines obtained from cvs Muscat and Pedro Ximénez on ethyl carbamate concentration
M.J. Ruiz-Bejarano, R. Castro-Mejías, M.C. Rodríguez-Dodero and C. García-Barroso

Abiotic stress improves in vitro biological indexing of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus-3 in red grapevine cultivars
Z.-H. Cui, W.-L. Bi, C. Pan, Y. Xu and Q.-C. Wang

Effect of water deficit and severe shoot trimming on the composition of Vitis vinifera L. Merlot grapes and wines
J.C. Herrera, B. Bucchetti, P. Sabbatini, P. Comuzzo, L. Zulini, A. Vecchione, E. Peterlunger and S.D. Castellarin

Importance, use and awareness of South Australian geographical indications
N.R. Verdonk, K.L. Wilkinson and J. Bruwer

Hierarchical genetic variation of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with decline and dieback of grapevine in south-eastern Australia
Y. Qiu, C.C. Steel, G.J. Ash and S. Savocchia

Quantitative trait loci for the response to gibberellic acid of berry size and seed mass in tablegrape (Vitis vinifera L.)
J. Correa, G. Ravest, D. Laborie, M. Mamani, E. Torres, C. Muñoz, M. Pinto and P. Hinrichsen

Impact of elevated temperature and water deficit on the chemical and sensory profiles of Barossa Shiraz grapes and wines
M. Bonada, D.W. Jeffery, P.R. Petrie, M.A. Moran and V.O. Sadras

Spatial and temporal scales of future climate information for climate change adaptation in viticulture: a case study of User needs in the Australian winegrape sector
M.R. Dunn, J.A. Lindesay and M. Howden


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