Taltarni Vineyards’ viticulturist, Matthew Bailey, was awarded the prestigious Viticulturist of the Year at last night’s Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s (ASVO) Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in Adelaide.
The ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year award honours an outstanding viticulturist involved in the development of a novel and significant viticultural innovation or introduction of a novel viticultural practice over the previous five years. Taltarni’s insectariums, the brainchild of Matthew Bailey, certainly fit this bill.
Matthew Bailey, a committed environmentalist, has been Taltarni’s viticulturist for just shy of a decade. Under his competent leadership and direction, Taltarni maintains three insectariums (vegetation corridors), each containing around 2,000 native plants that provide a pollen and nectar source for a range of beneficial insects, greatly reducing the need for chemicals and other controls in the vineyards.
“Our insectariums,” explains Bailey, “are like insect holiday resorts – the insect ‘holidaymakers’, the good insects, eat the bad insects that eat the vines. Last night’s award recognised our efforts to innovatively reduce our climate change impacts. It was a huge and humbling honour.”
ASVO President Paul Petrie said it was significant that both winners (Sue Bell of Bellwether Wines & Matthew Bailey of Taltarni) had found ways to help build strong businesses – as well as make great wine – by caring for the environment.
“Environmental sustainability and good environmental management are prerequisites for the wine industry today, and Sue and Matthew are providing real leadership,” he said.
Taltarni’s CEO, Adam Torpy, is “delighted that Matthew’s hard work and dedication has been recognised. It is a great personal honour for Matthew and a great coup for Taltarni. Matthew’s incredible passion and vision, which lead to the successful implementation of our insectariums, has reduced our overall chemical usage by up to 75%, paving the way for the rest of the industry. We’re extremely proud of Matthew and his team.”
Taltarni’s insectariums place Taltarni at the very fore of integrated pest management (IPM). A well deserved congratulations to Matthew Bailey and his team at Taltarni.
Photo: The ASVO 2014 Award Winners
L – R:
Jason Smith – Best Viticultural Paper (National Wine and Grape Industry Centre)
Sue Bell – Winemaker of the Year (Bellwether Wine)
Richard Gawel – Best Oenology Paper (Australian Wine Research Institute)
Matthew Bailey – Viticulturist of the Year (Taltarni Vineyards)
For more information, please contact:
Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Manager Australia/Asia | Taltarni Vineyards
firstname.lastname@example.org | 0437 394 637
Alternatively, Matthew Bailey can be contacted directly on 03 5467 2357 or at email@example.com
To read more about Taltarni’s environmental initiatives, please visit http://www.taltarni.com.au/our-environment