Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Andrew Clarke, from Ringwood North in Victoria, has received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. He will investigate managing subsoil restrictions in established vineyards.
As chief viticulturist for Yering Station (part of the Rathbone Wine Group) in the Yarra Valley, Andrew is responsible for all viticultural programs and vineyard management on the property. Yering Station currently has 95 hectares planted to vines, predominantly the core varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Andrew will study practical and innovative methods of improving root zone volumes for better vineyard productivity and wine quality.
“The soil research community estimates that up to 80 per cent of existing vineyards are significantly affected by subsoil issues.
Many are planted on sodic, acidic, salty and impermeable subsoils, or a combination of these, resulting in restricted root growth, and significant reductions in vineyard productivity and profitability,” Andrew explains.
By increasing the soil volume available to the vine, Andrew says the finite resources of soil, nutrition and water can be used more efficiently.
Andrew plans on visiting the USA, Israel, France and South Africa.
Location: Ringwood North, Victoria
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