Adelaide seminar

ASVO delivers seminar Australia wide

Record numbers attended the latest ASVO seminar entitled, “Fermentation Converting research to reality” held concurrently in six venues across Australia. The event was streamed to 5 regional gatherings “It was wonderful to have the seminar streamed for participants in other states.” said M Marson,who attended in Melbourne.
Wine industry professionals came together to hear and discuss much needed information from a distinguished array of speakers including France, Spain and the USA on the trends, concerns and practical challenges encountered during fermentation as well as the most recent research and innovations solutions with a strong practical element on practical implementation.

Brian Walsh, Wine Australia chair provided opening remarks and noted the association’s commitment to delivering first-rate educational seminars to the wine industry. Assoc. Prof. Paul Grbin chair of the planning committee said “This was a unique opportunity for industry members to learn the latest practical knowledge about managing fermentation from Australian and international experts. With this event, ASVO continues its 37-year tradition of gathering wine industry professionals to share insights and practical solutions to the biggest issues facing winemakers, the information available here will provide the tools for optimum performance and continued success in the industry.” in Australia” said Assoc. Prof. Grbin.


Charles Hawker Conference Centre QCWT Queensland College of Wine Tourism QCWT Queensland College of Wine Tourism The expert panel
International presenter Dr Gemma Beltrane at Cleland Zoom broadcasting desk International presenter Prof David Block
University of California, Davis
Panelist Max Allen

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2018  Seminar September 27th

The focus this year will be on fermentation technology, management, and microbial diversity. The seminar will also include an industry wide discussion on the merits of inoculated vs uninoculated fermentations.

“Our understanding of how microbiology and fermentation management contributes to wine quality continues to grow. However it remains, fermentation is core to realising the true potential of your fruit. This seminar aims to translate current research to practical knowledge for the wine industry”, explained Paul Grbin, Chair of the Program Committee.

Attendees at this year’s seminar will have the opportunity to gain an insight from international and local experts who will explore topics including microbial ecology in wild ferments, the use of non-Saccharomyces yeast, microbial contribution to regional wines, using oxygen to enhance fermentation performance, controlling colour and tannin extraction, and managing problematic fermentations.

Key speakers

Key speakers include:

  • Dr Gemma Beltran, University of Tarragona
  • Dr David Block, University of California Davis
  • Dr Warren Albertin, University of Bordeaux
  • Dr Ana Hranilovic, University of Bordeaux


Can’t travel to attend? You don’t have to miss out! Join us at one of 6 locations Australia wide.
Distance is no barrier to attending and collaborative networking.

Each of these locations will have catering, handouts and live Q&A solutions. Viewers can ask questions, comment and discuss, during the interactive question time.

SA Charles Hawker Conference Centre ADELAIDE Waite Campus Host Prof Paul Grbin
VIC RACV City Club MELBOURNE 501 Bourke Street Host David Wollan
NSW TAFE NSW Griffith GRIFFITH Neville Place Host Kristy Bartrop
TAS University of Tasmania LAUNCESTON 165 Westbury Rd, Prospect Host Hugh McCullough
WA Margaret River Education campus, Centre for Wine Excellence MARGARET RIVER 272 Bussell Highway Host Jarrah Prior
QLD QCWT Queensland College of Wine Tourism STANTHORPE 22 Caves Rd Host Mike Hayes

Student registration scholarships

Applications are invited from talented students who want to attend the ASVO seminar.
Three scholarships are being offered to ASVO members. The scholarship will cover the cost of seminar registration.
Apply here
Entries open:    Monday, 1 August 2018
Entries close:    5pm CST, Friday 31 August 2018

Session highlights

Join researcher Dr Gemma Beltran from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain to learn about the impacts that nutrition during fermentation has on wine. Gemma’s research has increased our understanding of yeast nitrogen requirements during wine fermentation and her presentation for ASVO will have a particular focus on;

  • the nutrient requirements on different yeast strains or species
  • the impact of nitrogen supplementation on fermentation kinetics and wines

Hear from Dr Martin Day from AWRI about how to effectively use oxygen during winemaking. If you’re a winemaker you’ll walk away with knowledge you can directly apply and if you’re a researcher you’ll keep on the cutting edge of this fast evolving area. Martin will have a particular focus on;

  • Effect of early oxygen exposure in red and white winemaking on wine style
  • Prevention of reductive aroma formation through use of oxygen.
  • Oxygen introduction techniques and oxygen measurements.

Join lecturer and researcher Assoc. Prof. David Jeffery from The University of Adelaide to learn the impacts of pre-fermentative water addition or substitution on wine chemistry and sensory. David is an author of the textbook ‘Understanding Wine Chemistry’ and aims to make wine science accessible and enjoyable, so you’ll walk away with knowledge you can directly apply as a winemaker or that will keep you on the cutting edge of this fast evolving area if you’re a researcher. David’s presentation will have a particular focus on;

  • Early harvests vs addition of very low alcohol (green harvest) wine vs water for Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
  • Substitution vs dilution with water for Shiraz
  • The compositional and sensorial implications of these approaches to alcohol management

Register to win

Everyone who registers will enter a draw to win one of three Wine & Viticulture Journal 12-month subscriptions worth $77.00. The Wine & Viticulture Journal is published by our media partner Winetitles media, its focus is on research, innovation and technology, and includes topics that relate to business and marketing and winemaking and viticulture, complemented by news, regional overviews, opinion and national industry association columns, and varietal reports.