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Stuart Sharman

Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner

Stuart SharmanStuart Sharman, from Coonawarra in South Australia, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. He studied Continuous Improvement (CI) principles and how they can be applied to viticulture.

Stuart is a vineyard manager for Wynns Coonawarra Estate, which comprises of 791 hectares of bearing vineyard and 63 hectares of redevelopment of mixed varieties, with the focus being Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. He believes CI principals, widely used in line manufacturing, can be adapted to viticulture, explaining, “the over‐arching philosophy of CI is to develop a culture where open‐minded thinking and challenging the norm is encouraged and rewarded.”

Stuart continues, “the principals of employee problem solving, measuring performance, waste identification and elimination and clarity of reward for effort, are all management tools encouraged by CI but not necessarily used regularly in primary production.”

He visited Toyota in Japan, considered the birthplace of CI in manufacturing, as well as New Zealand and the Netherlands to study further examples of CI in agricultural production.

Location: Coonawarra, SA 5263
Blog: Stuart’s Scribble
Scholarship report: Continuous improvement (CI) and its application to Australian Viticulture
Returning Scholar presentation: click to view
Returning Scholar profile: click to view

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