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Luke Mancini. 2016 Scholarship winner

Luke Mancini. 2016 Scholarship winner

Luke Mancini, from Whitton in New South Wales, has received a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship supported by 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 said 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 said.

“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.

Australian Grape and Wine Authority is pleased to support Luke Mancini as a 2016 Nuffield Scholar.

The organisation said it’s a valuable investment in the growth of agriculture in New South Wales alongside Nuffield Australia, which is at the forefront of developing future industry leaders.

Nuffield Australia chief executive officer Jim Geltch said Nuffield now boasted more than 350 scholars in Australia who, through their scholarship global study tours, had significant insight into global agricultural production systems.

“We are building capacity for the nation’s food and fibre industries to be world leaders in the adoption of technology, best practice and innovation,” he said.

“Nuffield Scholars are influencing industry and community changes, resulting in agricultural productivity increases and economic development for rural communities.

“The Nuffield experience adds new dimensions to the way scholars think about the economic, environmental and social aspects of global food production.

“Engagement and investment in capacity building and talent development in agriculture is critical as the global population continues to escalate and the amount of land available for food production shrinks.”

Scholars undertake a 16-week program of group and individual travel.

Global Focus Program tours will visit several countries in March/April or June/July 2016, including New Zealand, Brazil, the United States of America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Eastern Europe, Singapore, India, Qatar, Turkey, France, the Philippines, China, Canada or Ireland (itineraries will vary between groups).

Applications for Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open in April each year to Australian primary producers and managers who seek to research a topic important to them and to Australian agriculture.

Luke is available to talk about his planned travel and can be contacted on:

Phone: 0421 599 682 Email:

Media contact:
Justine Mackay, Cox Inall Communications
P: 0435 325 954; E:

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