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Viticulture 2016 - Fran Austin

The Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship is administered by the Alcorso Foundation’s Project Partner, Wine Tasmania

"The Alcorso Foundation’s Sustainable Viticulture Award will add to the high reputation of the Tasmanian wine industry, as we show our commitment to sustainable production methods".
The Honourable Lara Giddings, Premier. 2011

Wine Tasmania

The sixth recipient of the $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award is Francine Austin of Delamere Vineyards.

Francine (Fran) is the Owner/Wine Maker with Delamere Vineyards located at Pipers Brook, Northern Tasmania. Graduating with her degree in Winemaking from the Adelaide University in 1995, Fran has forged a diverse and successful career in Wine Making. She has a great interest in Traditional Method Sparkling techniques and during her recent decades was instrumental in securing a swag of wine show awards for the Bay of Fires Vineyard during her time at the helm as well as her receiving the 2005 Gourmet Traveller Wine Maker of the Year award. After twelve months maternity leave Fran chose to join her husband Shane as co-Director at the family business, Delamere Vineyards where they continue their wine making producing fine Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine. Fran will use her Fellowship aware to travel to the Champagne region of France to research grower/producer business models in order to identify key elements contributing to economic and environmental sustainability. Fran will also examine the points of co-operation and collaborative relationships between the wine producers and Champagne Houses. Her aim is to identify sustainable practices that may be transferred to environmental and economical business operations in Tasmania’s growing wine sector.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies welcomed the announcement of Francine Austin as the 2016 Don Martin Fellowship recipient and noted the importance of this focused investigation.

“The Alcorso Foundation has instigated this valuable program to support research into key areas of relevance to the Tasmanian wine sector. As part of the Fellowship requirements, learning from this research will be shared with the broader Tasmanian wine community, ensuring the benefits are widespread. In the context of a changing climate, Fran’s research is particularly relevant and we look forward to learning and benefiting from her investigations”

Alcorso Foundation president, Dr Caroline Alcorso, said the Fellowship was made possible through a generous bequest from former CSIRO Chair, Dr Don Martin, to the Alcorso Foundation in 2007.

“Dr Martin was a great friend of my father Claudio Alcorso, and shared his passion for both improving the quality of Tasmania’s wine grapes and for the natural environment. This Fellowship commemorates a man known for his generosity and commitment to sharing scientific knowledge for the betterment of Tasmania’s wine industry.”

If you would like to know more about the Foundation’s Viticulture Fellowship or any of its awards and programs please email Chief Executive Officer, Sheralee Davie at sdavies@winetasmania.net.au.