Wednesday 4 November 2015
$10,000 Tasmanian Viticulture Fellowship announced
The fifth recipient of the $10,000 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award, presented by the
Alcorso Foundation, has been announced as Natalie Fryar of BTD Wine Enterprises.
Natalie will undertake a three week study tour throughout Europe, the United States and New
Zealand, to investigate wine varieties and grapevine clones most suitable for Tasmania in the
changing climate and as the wine sector continues to grow. Natalie will also examine how other wine
regions manage planting sites and stock and link with relevant, long term, outcomes-focused research
priorities in the context of a changing climate.
Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies welcomed the announcement of Natalie as the 2015 Don
Martin Fellowship recipient.
“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, learnings from this
research will be shared with the broader Tasmanian wine community, ensuring the benefits are
widespread. In the context of a changing climate, Natalie’s reseach is particularly relevant and we look
forward to learning and benefitting from her investigations.”
The $10,000 Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship was initiated to commemorate influential
Tasmanian viticulturist, Dr Don Martin, by the Alcorso Foundation. The Alcorso Foundation has
partnered with the state’s peak wine sector body, Wine Tasmania, to deliver this Fellowship.
The Fellowship is available to Tasmanian-based wine professionals to encourage research across
viticulture / oenology that benefits the broader sector. It supports an practicising wine sector
professional undertaking study-based national or international travel or provides seed funding for
targeted on-the-ground research projects.
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.”
The Alcorso Foundation was formed in 2001 in memory of Italian immigrant and war refugee, Claudio
Alcorso, founder of Moorilla. Claudio was a pioneering and inspirational man who insisted that all
individuals deserved a ‘fair go’ and an opportunity to succeed in their chosen field. To find out more
about the Foundation and its programs please visit www.alcorso.org.
Further information: Sheralee Davies, CEO, Wine Tasmania, phone 0407 004 959
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