A new biennial award will acknowledge the work of exceptional Peninsula viticulturists and their commitment to environmental excellence. The Dr Alan Antcliff Vineyard of the Year Award will carry with it a perpetual trophy and a $5000 travel grant donated by Sarah and Bails Myer, the founders of the Peninsula’s wine industry.
“The vignerons of the Mornington Peninsula have long been committed to viticultural excellence and sustainable practices,” Mr Myer said. “It’s important to acknowledge these leaders and thinkers and encourage others to develop their skills to ensure the well-being of our region. Never before has the need for focus on sustainability been so vital. Sarah and I are thrilled to be supporting this award, which will help to enhance the skills library for the Mornington Peninsula and the development of our future leaders.”
The peak industry body Mornington Peninsula Wine said applicants will be judged on a single vineyard by a well-qualified panel of viticultural experts made up of Mark Walpole, Dr Mary Retallack and John Whiting, with a comprehensive assessment encompassing all facets of vineyard operations: occupational health and safety; biosecurity; soil and nutrition; weed, pest and mid-row practices; agrochemical application; crop and pruning; management of the surrounding environment; and economic responsibility.
The award is in recognition of Dr Alan Antcliff AM, principal research scientist in vine physiology and ampelography whose work was pivotal to the development of the Australian wine industry.
The award is not limited to members of Mornington Peninsula Wine, and businesses are invited to nominate colleagues whose practices are exemplary. Entries close on September 4 with the award to be presented at Mornington Peninsula Wine’s annual meeting next August. Entry details: www.mp-wine.com.au