Extension & adoption

Regional Program

The Regional Program is a key initiative of AGWA that seeks to actively encourage and support innovation, extension and adoption of R&D in the Australian wine sector.

The program aims to help grapegrowers and winemakers adopt new tools and research findings to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

The program allows grapegrowers and winemakers to:

  • identify their region’s highest priority innovation, extension and adoption issues
  • evaluate new concepts and technology in their own region to measure regional benefits of adoption
  • identify aspects of production that will ensure the region is sustainable into the future
  • assist with the uptake of new tools and research findings.

Regional Program Partners

Each Australian wine region can participate in the Regional Program.

The maximum amount of funding available is based on the value of winegrape levies paid in the region, with higher producing regions able to access a greater proportion of the total funding pool. To ensure that meaningful activities can be undertaken, regions with lower levels of production are clustered together. In total, there are 11 regional clusters.

AGWA partners with a regional industry organisation in each of the 11 regional clusters to administer the program. These Regional Partners, together with the regions in their cluster, are detailed below.

For all Regional Program factsheets and other resources click here

For more information about this program view the AGWA Regional Guidelines. 

Greater NSW + ACT

Regional Program Partner

NSW Wine Industry Association

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in NSW and ACT excluding Riverina
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Vineyard rootstock adoption evaluation trials Fast sheet, field day/workshop, trial, report, short video updates Central Ranges, New England region, Hilltops /Southern Highlands/Canberra zone June 2015
Regional wine matters – assessing the visitor experience at cellar door Field day/workshop, trial, report, program package Armidale, Murrumbateman, Orange June 2015
Alternative bunch rot management strategies: Year 3 Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial, report, short video or animation Hunter Valley June 2015
Precision Agriculture Seminar/conference, trial, report Hunter Valley June 2015

Greater Vic

Regional Program Partner

Wine Victoria Inc

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in VIC excluding Murray Darling, Swan Hill
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Trunk diseases workshops Field day/workshop Victoria – six locations June 2015
Consumer and market insights symposium Seminar/conference Melbourne October 2014
Victorian viticultural technical forums Field day/workshop Yarra Valley, Bendigo, Nagambie June 2015
Communicating smoke taint research outcomes Field day/workshop Wangaratta, Ararat, Bendigo June 2015
Enhancing outcomes from the 2014 Pinot Massif Conference Seminar/conference Hepburn Springs December 2014
Continuation of shiraz benchmarking project in Grampians, Pyrenees, Bendigo and Heathcote Field day/workshop Ararat, Avoca, Bendigo, Heathcote June 2015

Limestone Coast

Regional Program Partner

Limestone Coast Wine Industry Council

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe, Mt Gambier
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Eutypa survey and in-field training - to assess the rate of decline and increase grower knowledge Field day/workshop, survey Wrattonbully, Coonawarra June 2015
Soil stewardship program Field day/workshop, report Limestone Coast June 2015
Tasting workshop – sensory and technological aspects to berry sorting Field day/workshop, report Limestone Coast February 2015
Tutored tasting Fact sheet, seminar/conference Limestone Coast June 2015
Extension workshop & seminar Fact sheet, seminar/conference Limestone Coast May 2015
Climate change workshop Seminar/conference, report Limestone Coast November 2014

Murray Valley

Regional Program Partner

Murray Valley Winegrowers Inc

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

Murray Darling, Swan Hill
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Vineyard nutrient removals Fact sheet, field day/workshop trial, report Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill June 2015
Oxygenation of irrigation water Fact sheet, trial Mildura June 2015
Nutrient uptake trial Fact sheet, trial Mildura June 2015
Thermal Infrared diagnosis of vine water stress Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial Mildura June 2015
Advanced viticulture information session Fact sheet, seminar/conference Mildura June 2015
Agronomy discussion groups Field day/workshop Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill June 2015
Rootstock & clonal material for the Murray Valley Seminar/conference, report Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill June 2015
Advancing spray technology knowledge Fact sheet, field day/workshop Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill June 2015
Examining regional climate change trends Fact sheet, field day/workshop Mildura June 2015
Top working factsheet Fact sheet Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill June 2015

Queensland

Regional Program Partner

Queensland Wine Industry Association

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in QLD
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Cover crop trials Trial, report Granite Belt, Scenic Rim, South Burnett June 2015
Composting and mulching workshops Seminar/conference, report Granite Belt September 2014
Composting and mulching trials Field day/workshop, trial, report Granite Belt, South Burnett June 2015
Augmentation of cellar door benefits Fact sheet, field day/workshop Granite Belt, Scenic Rim May 2015

Riverina

Regional Program Partner

Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

Riverina
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Trunk disease remediation demo site – Year 1 Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial, video Griffith June 2015
Brassica biofumigation demonstration block Field day/workshop Griffith June 2015
Mid-row management trial Field day/workshop, trial Griffith June 2015
Colour development trial Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial, report Griffith June 2015
Precision viticulture – quality zoning and farm input management Field day/workshop, trial, report Griffith June 2015

Riverland

Regional Program Partner

Riverland Wine Industry Development Council

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

Riverland
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
New clone evaluation New clone evaluation Field day/workshop, trial, wine tasting Riverland rootstock trial Trial, report Riverland June 2015
Riverland rootstock trial Trial, report Riverland June 2015
Irrigation system maintenance workshop Fact sheet, field day/workshop Riverland June 2015
Best management practice – hard to kill weeds Factsheet, field day/workshop, trial Riverland June 2015

SA Central

Regional Program Partner

Langhorne Creek Wine Region

Contact

Liz Waters

Regions included in this cluster

Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek, Kangaroo Island
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Eutypa – best practice and hurdles to best practice Factsheet, Field day/workshop, trial, report Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek June 2015
Scale in vineyards – stage 1 Field day/workshop, trial, report, other Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills June 2015
Annual Innovation and Technology Symposium Seminar/conference McLaren Vale May 2015
Farming systems in viticulture Seminar/conference Kangaroo Island October 2014
New and Emerging Clonal Varieties Symposium Seminar/conference, case studies Adelaide Hills February 2015
Vineyard sprays and how they work Seminar/conference Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek August 2014

SA North

Regional Program Partner

Barossa Grape and Wine Association

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Plains, Southern Flinders Ranges
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Improving soil condition in Barossa vineyards to reduce reliance on irrigation, and improve consistency of yield and vineyard profitability Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial Barossa Valley – two sites June 2015
Water budgeting to maintain vine health and fruit quality, and improve vineyard profitability Fact sheet, seminar/conference, field day/workshop Barossa Valley, Clare Valley August/September 2014
Best practice pruning workshop follow-up, focussing on remedial work on eutypa-affected vines Fact sheet, follow-up Barossa Valley August 2014
Improving soil condition workshop, providing growers with a baseline of their soil health and techniques to improve it Seminar/conference, field day/workshop, report Clare Valley December 2014
Optimising herbicide use workshop Fact sheet, field day/workshop Clare Valley June 2015
Sunscreen trial Fact sheet, field day/workshop Clare Valley April 2015

Tasmania

Regional Program Partner

Wine Tasmania

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in TAS
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Understanding rootstocks and clones for Pinot Noir and their impact on vine performance, fruit yield and wine quality Fact sheet, field day/workshop Tamar Valley, Coal River Valley, East Coast June 2015
Bud dissection, crop estimating and yield stabilisation Field day/workshop Hobart, Launceston June 2015
Slipping through the net: managing disease risk in Tasmanian vineyards after netting Fact sheet, field day/workshop Tasmania June 2015
Annual field day Fact sheet, field day/workshop Tasmania June 2015

Western Australia

Regional Program Partner

Wines of Western Australia

Contact

Liz Waters

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in WA
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Managing vines for extreme heat and wind events Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial Margaret River, Swan Valley June 2015
Investigating the potential application of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imaging in vineyards Seminar/conference, field day/workshop, trial Margaret River, Swan Valley June 2015
Improving tempranillo management Fact sheet, field day/workshop, trial Geographe, Swan Valley June 2015