On 25 May 2021, the National Wine Sector Bushfire Conference continued the important conversations around Australia’s experiences with fire and delivered the findings of recent research to help our community better prepare for future fires.
Prepare, respond and recover were the themes of the day, with grape and wine producers and leading researchers presenting on bushfire preparedness, smoke effects and recovery from fire to ensure that grapegrowers, winemakers and businesses are better prepared, better informed and better equipped to handle the decisions that need to be made before, during and after bushfires.
The conference comprised a wide range of in-depth presentations, research updates, practical bushfire preparedness, and best practice techniques for smoke effects and recovery from fire.
View the program here and the speaker profiles here.
The National Wine Sector Bushfire Conference was held simultaneously at four locations:
• NSW | International Convention Centre, Sydney
• SA | Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Hahndorf
• VIC | Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, and
• WA | Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, South Perth
Recordings of the proceedings are now available in this playlist or from links below:
Session 1 - Regional Overview: Vintage 2019–20
Session 2 - Vineyard preparation, response & recovery
Session 3 - Best practice smoke taint analysis and industry sensory experiences
Session 4 - Research updates and mitigation in practice
The latest research
Mitigation in practice: different regions, different styles
Fire and smoke resources
A range of resources are available to assist in preparing for fire, vineyard recovery following fire, and assessing and managing smoke impacts. These include links to webinars, factsheets and case studies.
The National Bushfire Conference is coordinated by Wine Australia, Australian Grape and Wine, the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).
The National Wine Sector Bushfire Conference is additionally sponsored by: