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Matthew Pooley

Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner

Matthew Pooley, from Sevenmile Beach in Tasmania, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, now Wine Australia. Matthew investigated sustainable small scale winery establishment and management.

As manager of the family wine business, Matthew is responsible for production from a 12 hectare vineyard on two separate sites and 50 hectares of arable farm land, used for opportunity grazing and finishing sheep, irrigation and hay production.

With the family establishing a winery, Matthew used his scholarship to study innovations and sustainability initiatives in small-scale wineries operating in other cool climate wine production areas, including opportunities for reuse of winery waste products as well as optimising water and energy use.

Eventually, Pooley Wines hopes to establish a best practice winery facility that will become a model for small-scale cool climate wine production in Tasmania and beyond.

“I wanted to look at initiatives being trialled or implemented overseas, including passive heating/cooling, gravity fed production systems and greenhouse gas emission reduction in the small to medium winery bracket,” Matthew concludes.

To gather this information, Matthew visited New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.

Location: Sevenmile Beach, TAS, 7170
Scholarship report: written report
Returning Scholar presentation: watch on video
Returning Scholar profile: click to view

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