Wine Australia supports a competitive Australian wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), encouraging growth in domestic and international markets, protecting the reputation of Australian wine and administering the Export and Regional Wine Support Package.
Nuffield Australia 2019 Scholarship winner
Richard Leask from McLaren Vale, South Australia receives a Nuffield Scholarship with support from Wine Australia.
Richard will research best practice regenerative farming systems across the wine sector in order to understand how to successfully transition from more chemically intensive models. He will explore the key drivers that initiated transitions, the role and availability of education and training and any associated impacts on farm management and resourcing requirements.
Richard owns and operates a 75 hectare family vineyard in McLaren Vale. He also provides viticultural management services to a number of premium wine brands, and is co-owner of Hither and Yon, a dynamic wine label that produces around 10,000 cases per year.
“Increasingly, we are seeing a shift towards more sustainable and less chemically-reliant systems in wine production in Australia and internationally,” Richard said.
“Sustainable practices benefit the wine sector in many ways, including reduced chemical use and providing a deeper understanding of vineyards, plants and soils and an exciting, authentic story to take to Australian and international markets. In these times of change, it’s important that we find and implement the best systems and approaches to transition that we can.”
Richard will visit leading wineries and agricultural businesses around Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United States and France as he conducts his research.