2017 VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR: LIZ RILEY, VITIBIT
The 2017 ASVO Viticulturist of the year, was awarded to Liz Riley, owner and operator of Vitibit, a viticultural consultancy based in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Liz was recognised for her expertise in the sustainable management of vineyard pests and diseases including her contribution to numerous research, development and extension projects focussed on fungicide resistance, practical implementation and recommendations for effective pest and disease control.
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) recognises professional excellence in viticulture, winemaking and research through its annual Awards for Excellence. ASVO President, Dr Mardi Longbottom said, "The ASVO Award recipients have made outstanding contributions to the Australian wine industry through the implementation and promotion of innovative practices and processes to enhance Australian grape and wine production. ASVO Award recipients are nominated by ASVO-appointed selection committees comprised of individuals who themselves are distinguished in the fields of viticulture and oenology who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision.
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.