2019 Viticultural Paper of the year advisory committee

2019 Advisory Committee

Kerry DeGaris

Kerry is chair of Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council Inc. and has been instrumental in getting a better understanding of challenges such as eutypa, Iron bacteria & Cabernet Berry Shrivel in the region. Kerry’s passion for locally targeted research has resulted in the Best Practice manual and fact sheets that have been distributed locally to grapegrowers and irrigators and featured nation wide on ABC rural hourwith calls received from interested researchers across Australia. Kerry supports and promotes the dissemination of research inviting PhD students from Adelaide University to present to growers in the region.

Katie Dunne

Katie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture)(Honours) from Charles Sturt University and a PhD focusing on Botrytis management at the University of Tasmania.  Her areas of expertise include botrytis bunch rot, precision viticulture, objective measures for measuring fruit quality and general pest and disease management.  Katie has experience in both cool climate and hot climate production in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  Katie has worked for small and large wine companies including Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Treasury Wine Estates in technical viticulture roles collaborating on projects and working with vineyard managers and growers to meet contract specifications. Last year she helped to run the Victorian Node while with the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Martin Gransden

Martin has held various roles in the viticulture industry since 1997 across multiple regions. He is currently employed as a company viticulturist for Cumulus Vineyards Pty Ltd near Orange in the Central West of NSW. Here, he is responsible for the technical management of 506 hectares of cool climate vineyards. He has been involved in regional, state and federal industry associations and organisations throughout this period as well as recently completing a Nuffield scholarship.

Lee Haselgrove

Lee is the Viticulturist at Swinney Vineyards, Great Southern, Western Australia. Lee is well-connected throughout the Western Australian wine industry and is sought out for his thought leadership in viticulture and innovation. He is respected by the wine writer community and this unique relationship has enabled him to raise the awareness of viticultural practices in relation to wine style and quality. Lee provides innovative engineering solutions amongst his clientele and demonstrates a deep understanding and commitment to viticultural innovation. Lee is the current Chair of Wines of Western Australia Technical Committee, after 2 years as a general member and is a member of the Great Southern Wine Industry Association.

Brett McClen
Brett is the Chief Viticulturist for Brown Brothers, a family owned company which has been making wine since 1889 and produces a large range of innovative, varietal wines.  Brett oversees the management of ~800 Ha of company-owned vineyards spread across 6 sites throughout Victoria and Tasmania.
Brett has an Honours degree in Agricultural Science and has spent the past 17 years working in large-scale vineyard management in highly varied climates ranging from Sunraysia to North-East Victoria to Tasmania.
With extensive experience in commercial vineyard management, Brett has a strong understanding of viticultural management and the key drivers of vineyard profitability in various climates.
Inca Pearce

Inca currently leads Vinehealth Australia. Inca has extensive experience in the wine industry having working for over 17 years for global wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard Winemakers in senior roles across the supply chain; from viticulture and winery operations, research and development, marketing, corporate social responsibility to corporate communications. The core focus of these roles was to drive new product development, improve process efficiencies and ensure brand integrity through innovative leadership, agility and connection with the consumer. It is with this strong industry perspective, customer focus and value ethos that Inca drives Vinehealth’s operations to ensure outstanding biosecurity outcomes for grape growers, winemakers and other key wine industry and government stakeholders.


2018 Advisory Committee

Nick Dry Catherine Kidman Inca Pearce Tony Proffitt Liz Riley Andy Clarke