Mildura Seminar




Program | Attendees | Registration | Sponsors | Presenters

The ASVO Mildura Seminar has brought together Australian and international researchers, growers and consultants for more than three decades, creating a forum to reflect on the wine sector’s achievements and exchange ideas to further advance the adoption of innovation to increase profitability and sustainability. The Mildura Symposium is the premier science symposium in Australia and attracts delegates from across Australia and from all around the World.

The program offers expert presentations and real case studies to maximise the impact of control efforts and managing vineyard pests and diseases.

Key speakers

Key speakers include:

  • Ollie Powrie who will share his success at Villa Maria in New Zealand with non-chemical Botrytis management
  • Andy Clarke from Yering Station describing life living with phylloxera
  • Cath Kidman from Treasury Wine Estates presenting her insights on clonal selection for vineyard longevity.
  • Vaughn Bell from New Zealand to provide updates from his team on virus management
  • Jim Pekin from Queensland. Jim will share his unique insights from the banana industry after recent significant outbreaks of Panama and Banana Freckle diseases.

Attendees will also hear about the latest technologies, including variable rate sprayers, drones and smartphone apps, being used to identify and manage pests and diseases.

“Each season presents different challenges across our winegrowing regions. Pest and disease management is a priority area to examine and redefine best management practices” Mardi Longbottom, Chair of the Program Committee.


Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Ave, Mildura

QCWT Queensland College of Wine Tourism
22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe
Hosted by Mike Hayes

Margaret River Education campus, Centre for Wine Excellence
272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, Western Australia
Hosted by Tony Proffitt

University of Tasmania, Launceston
hosted by Fiona Kerslake

Student registration scholarships

Applications are invited from talented students who want to attend the ASVO seminar.
Three scholarships of up to $250 each are being offered to ASVO members.
The scholarship will cover the cost of seminar registration and dinner.
Apply here
Entries open:    Monday, 2 April 2018
Entries close:    5pm CST, Friday 4 May 2018

Early Bird Registration

The deadline for early bird registration is 31st May 2018. You must register and pay before this date to receive the early bird rate. After this date, all new and unpaid registration will be charged the standard registration rate.

Register to win
Everyone who registers and pays by close of the early bird option 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.

Social Program

Welcome reception
Wednesday 25 July
Venue: Black Stump Bistro
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The Welcome Reception provides you with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends.
Cost: Included for all full registrations; additional tickets are available $25 per person

Seminar dinner
Wednesday 25 July
Venue: Black Stump Bistro
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Enjoy an evening with colleagues
Cost:$80 per person
Additional tickets available at $80 per person

Working breakfast
Thursday 26 July
Venue: Mildura Art Centre

Start your day with a hearty breakfast, wonderful networking opportunities.
Cost: Included for all full registrations.
Additional tickets available at $25 per person

Getting to Mildura

Board a plane, bus or train, or drive yourself along one of the major highways that enter the city from all directions.

By plane
The Mildura region is well served by flights from Melbourne. The distance to the airport from Mildura city is 11 kilometres which takes approximately 10 minutes by vehicle.

 QantasLink Daily return services between Melbourne and Mildura with connections from all ports. Information and bookings: 13 13 13 or
Virgin blue Daily return services between between Melbourne and Mildura with connections from a number of ports. Information and bookings: 13 67 89 or
Regional Express Airlines (REX) Daily return services between between Melbourne, Adelaide, Broken Hill and Sydney and Mildura. Information and bookings: 13 17 13 or

By Car

Mildura is at the meeting point of a network of major highways.

Approximate distances and driving times for getting to Mildura from capital cities and regional centres.


Distance to Mildura

Approx Time

Melbourne 540km 6 hours
Sydney 1006km 11 hours
Adelaide 393km 4.5 hours
Brisbane 1661km 18 hours
Canberra 800km 9 hours
Ballarat 460km 5 hours
Bendigo 405km 5 hours
Broken Hill 340km 3.5 hours
Swan Hill 220km 2.5 hours
Geelong 538km 7 hours
Wentworth 33km 30 minutes



Finding accommodation to suit your style is easy with the choice of well-appointed hotels and motels on offer. Select from some close to the city centre minutes from the shopping and dining precinct or away from the hustle and bustle for a rural retreat.

Available Hotels and Motels are listed below:

4-star hotel
Functional rooms with free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking, plus a pool and a garden.
9-minute walk from the Mildura Arts Centre
4-star hotel
Casual rooms & apartments in a relaxed property featuring an outdoor pool & a restaurant.
15-minute walk from the Mildura Arts Centre
Sophisticated apartments offering balconies and kitchens, plus an outdoor pool and a BBQ area.
1.6 km from the Mildura Arts Centre
7th Street Motel Mildura
Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn
Boulevard Motor Inn
Central Motel
City Colonial Motor Inn
City Gate Motel
Comfort Inn Deakin Palms
Commodore Motel Mildura
Econo Lodge Mildura
Mid City Plantation Motel
Mildura Golf Resort
Mildura Inlander Resort
Mildura Motor Inn
Mildura Riverview Motel
Mungo Lodge
Orana Motor Inn


Book by 31st May and SAVE with our Early Bird rates:

Join today and take advantage of member discount.