2018 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year
Entries Now Open – Closing Date: January 29th 2018
The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania’s annual Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award is being strengthened next year with complimentary entry now offered to vineyards participating in Wine Tasmania’s best practice management system, known as VinØ (Vin-Zero). Vineyard of the Year seeks to promote excellence in viticultural management techniques as the key to producing quality grapes and wines. The Society and Wine Tasmania have been discussing how they can work together to further this vision.
As in previous years, the prestigious Vineyard of the Year Award will also be open to other vineyards not participating in VinØ. All entrants will be rigorously judged across multiple on-farm factors such as pruning techniques, fertiliser application and storage and soil management.
Wine Tasmania has its own VinØ program which complements the Society’s Vineyard of the Year. From 2018, all participants in VinØ will be invited to enter the Society’s award, with their VinØ surveys and information being used as the basis for judging. This will reduce the burden on VinØ program members, as they have already completed an in depth analysis and report on their viticulture practices. There will also be the addition of a new award, the VinØ ‘Most Improved Vineyard’, highlighting a business which has best demonstrated continual improvement in the VinØ program.
There are currently 18 vineyards participating in VinØ. Vineyards wishing to enter that are not part of the VinØ program can download an entry form from the Society’s website at www.hobartshowground.com.au. Entries close on 29 January 2018.
Earlier this year, the Society named Milton Vineyard on the East Coast, north of Swansea, as the 2017 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year. As part of its Award, Milton Vineyard hosted a very successful wine sector field day at the vineyard.
Judging of the 2018 Vineyard of the Year will occur in the first quarter of next year, and the winner will host a field day in May 2018.
“Wine Tasmania has been a long term supporter and partner in the Vineyard of the Year initiative and is delighted to announce that the 2018 program will be further enhanced through linkages with Wine Tasmania’s VinØ program. VinØ is a tailored program to help Tasmanian growers monitor, measure, report, benchmark and improve their viticultural practices, to produce outstanding quality grapes, while minimising impacts on the environment and the community.” said Paul Smart, Technical and Extension Officer of Wine Tasmania.
“The VinØ program strives for the same positive outcomes for Tasmanian wine producers as our own Vineyard of the Year program”, said Scott Gadd, CEO of the RAST. “So it made sense to extend our benchmarking program to participants in VinØ without the need for formal entries.”
More information on VinØ can be found here: http://winetasmania.com.au/products/Vin0
We also welcome a new naming rights sponsor in 2018 with Gravitas Energy. Gravitas specialise in renewable energy options for the agricultural sector and have started rolling out some large scale projects here in Tasmania. Their website is
Rabobank, Geotas are already back on board and I expect to hear from Bennetts Petroleum and Roberts very shortly. That hopefully means a lucrative prize pool again this year for the winner.