Exploring the science of wine and grapes

Media Statement from South Coast NRM

The science behind growing grapes and making wine will be explored by two local experts at an upcoming Science In Our Community event in Albany.

Rob Diletti, who was James Halliday Winemaker of the Year in 2015 and who makes wine for Castle Rock and several other wineries, will discuss the science behind the making of wine.

Dave Botting, currently chief viticulturist with Howard Park Wines and formerly with the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture, will unravel the science of growing vines and producing grapes.

“This feature event in the popular Science in Our Community series encourages our community to understand the critical role of science in one of the more important industries in this region”, said Wal Anderson, event organiser and member of the Great Southern Science Council.

Mr Diletti and Mr Botting will discuss grape vine clones and genetics, grape and wine quality assessment, winemaking principles, and the chemistry and microbiology of wine.

“Our presenters will share their knowledge and answer questions, and the session will conclude with an opportunity to taste some wine and discover what these scientists are able to produce,” said Mr Anderson.

The Science of Wine and Grapes will be presented at Due South (upstairs) on Tuesday, February 9 from 5.30 pm until 7.00 pm. Seats are limited for this gold coin event, RSVP essential to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The event is proudly presented by Great Southern Science Council and Inspiring Australia (an Australian Government Initiative) and supported by South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc., National Landcare Programme, Castle Rock Winery, Howard Park Wines and Due South.


For further information, visit www.greatsouthernsciencecouncil.org.au or www.southcoastnrm.com.au

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