Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner
Luke Mancini, from Whitton in New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. He will study vineyard management practices and grape marketing techniques for alternative wine grape varieties in warm climates and irrigated areas.
Luke is involved in his family’s mixed enterprises that include a vineyard, olive grove, winter cereals and summer row cropping.
He says one of the challenges faced by the wine and grape industry was an inability to establish a reputation for consistent quantity, quality and supply given there is limited information as to how to grow and manage alternative varieties.
“Part of my study will include looking at alternative varieties that are old and/or rare and have potential to become more popular with wine consumers as well as those developed for disease resistance to reduce reliance on chemicals.” Luke says.
“I believe one of the great opportunities we have in this area is to increase collaboration between growers, winemakers and winery owners on alternative varieties and, in the longer term, to work with bodies like CSIRO to promote the environmental and agronomic virtues of disease resistant varieties.
“One of my future goals is to develop our own alternative varieties under a family wine label and I’m looking forward to gaining a better perspective of my own farming operation and to develop ideas and initiatives that will benefit the entire industry.”
Luke will travel to parts of Australia, Europe, China, South East Asia and the United States.
Location: Whitton, New South Wales
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