Industry Development

17/08/2018

Jim Campbell-Clause has been busy with WAVIA ensuring that quality propagation material is being sourced and used in new developments. Allocations are currently being made.

Colin Bell continues to be busy with industry development both regionally and nationally. This includes his ongoing representation as Deputy Chair of Wines of Western Australia and a board member of Australian Vignerons. He has also been working on the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Committee who are organising an exciting program for the conference to be held in July 2019.

Mike Gray on behalf of Southwest Capes Water Users Group Inc. has been in contact with state and local politicians to ensure the groups membership is represented regarding the proposed introduction to water licence fees.  

Propagation

17/08/2018

We have been busy this month collecting bud wood for spring budding and cuttings for spring plantings. Cuttings have been collected whilst the vines are fully dormant and these have been labelled, packaged and cool stored.  The cuttings for planting will be removed from the cool room and callused from early September to be ready for planting in early October.  We will also set up a nursery that will serve us for replants.

Nutrition

17/08/2018

Winter has been wet and many blocks are quite boggy.  Spring nutrition is being planned and we will start applying nutrients as the soil begins to dry out.

ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

16/08/2018

 

It is with great excitement we wish to announce that Colin Bell has been nominated as a finalist for The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Viticulturist of the Year Award for 2018.

It is national and industry recognition for Colin’s achievement and dedication to the wine industry and the only representative for WA.  

Below is a link if you would like further detail.

 

http://winetitles.com.au/finalists-announced-for-2018-viticulturist-of-the-year-award/

Monitoring

16/08/2018

We provide a monitoring service for many clients in the South West.  A monitoring program provides early detection of vineyard pests, fungal pathogens and bacterial diseases, potentially saving money on sprays or preventing crop damage. Current activities include:

  • Soil pH- should be completed every three years to check the soil's acidity. This data can then be used to make decisions about soil amelioration applications such as lime and gypsum. 
  • Pest and Disease monitoring- with spring approaching our scouts are now checking for early season pests such as snails.

Please contact the office on 97568011 if we can be of assistance in these areas.

Winter 2018

15/08/2018

The 2018 pruning season is now well under way at AHA. At this time of year we are always on the look out for experienced pruners to finish off the season. If you are interested in joining our team head to the employment section of this website. 

This winter in Margaret River has been very wet. Rainfall is well above average and now that soil profiles are at capacity the dams around the region are all starting to fill. 

Other important activities that we complete in winter include reworking projects, weed control, replanting and trellis maintenance. 

Entwine Australia

09/05/2018

With vintage now complete we are busy completing audits on all our Quality Assured sites. It is a requirement  to complete an internal audit annually and then every three years we are audited externally by a Freshcare Auditor.   

Entwine Australia is a voluntary enviromental assurance program that allows winemakers and wine grape growers to receive formal certification of their practices according to recognised standards. AHA is currently assisting growers in the region in Freshcare, a WFA approved, independently audited enviromental certification program. Currently we have a number of vineyards accredited so feel free to contact us to see how we can certify you.

Precision Viticulture

04/05/2018

The remote sensing of vine vigour has become a popular tool to help grape growers and wine producers identify and manage variation in vine performance across vineyards. Many viticulturists and growers have found airborne imagery to be invaluable for all vineyard operations. Did you forget to order your airborne imagery for this season? If you did, then you will be pleased to know that you may be able to purchase imagery retrospectively through SpecTerra/AHA Viticulture. Please refer to the following website to see if the imagery you are looking for is available.

https://www.v3maps.com.au/