2011 VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR: LIZ RILEY, VITIBIT
This category recognises that any great wine starts with good vineyard management resulting in quality grapes. It awards an outstanding Viticulturist involved in the management of Hunter Valley vineyards and spans the person’s career to date. The criteria includes demonstration of vineyards that have resulted in wines being consistently recognised by awards or noted by respected media, any vineyard/s that have achieved single vineyard status in the care of the nominee, any research and development undertaken to improve quality, and work that has resulted in better practice for the Hunter Valley as a whole.
Vitibit provides local and independent viticultural advice to small, medium and large vineyard and winery operations in the Hunter Valley.
In 2008, Liz was the inaugural winner of the Viticulturist Award at the Australian Small Winemakers Show and is an active member of the HVWIA’s Viticulture Sub-Committee. Liz and her clients try to adopt and implement ‘best practice’ viticultural techniques, which are suitable to the Hunter Valley.
She is passionate about the extension of viticultural research and professional development for viticulturists, and is currently researching ‘biological farming’ concepts with local vignerons.
Viticultural Services for the Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley vineyards produce some of the finest wines in Australia, and the world. The vines around Pokolbin, Rothbury, Mount View, Lovedale and Broke-Fordwich bear varieties such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Verdelho and Shiraz, many of which go into award-winning wines.
To produce quality wine it is essential to plant the right vines and develop the right management plan, as well as planning for vineyard maintenance and changes well in advance. Many vineyard owners in the Hunter Valley's Wine Country and beyond trust Vitibit for expert and independent viticultural advice.
Vitibit provides large and small vineyards with practical advice and service based on sound technical knowledge. Our variety of services includes initial assessment of the site, in season guidance of pests and diseases and monitoring of growth stages, through to vintage logistics. See our expertise and experience page or contact us for a meeting and quote.
Vitibit can be retained on a contractual arrangement to provide long-term support, or provide ad hoc advice on a case-by case scenario.
Regardless of your viticultural needs, Vitibit can help.