Vineyard assessment and how it relates to wine quality

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The South Australian Branch of the Statistical Society would like to invite you to the November talk of the 2016 program.


Venue: Room 210 Napier Building, North Terrace, Adelaide University. Campus map is available at


***Please note that most entrance doors to Adelaide University buildings close at 6pm so make sure you arrive in time for the talk.



5.30pm – Refreshments in the Lecture Theatre.

6.05pm – General Meeting Talk.

7.30 pm – A dinner will be held after the meeting at Taj Tandoor, 290 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

Please rsvp for dinner to [email protected] by 21st November.


Speaker: James Hook (University of Adelaide)


Topic: Vineyard assessment and how it relates to wine quality


Abstract: In this talk James will discuss the use of new technology applications and statistical analysis to predict grape quality. James is investigating traditional approaches to assessing vineyard quality and whether or not they need tweaking or rethinking in the 21st century.


Part of the problem is that while there is a lot of information about the importance of how the vine canopy relates to the finished grape, in a practical sense measurements are just too time-consuming to take.


The recent release of the VitiCanopy app by University of Adelaide researchers (James is part of the wider project team) has changed that. As well as helping commercial growers assess their own vineyards, it allows researchers to efficiently gather enough data to help determine the information that is actually the most valuable.


Biography: James Hook has a wide experience in viticulture: the science of grape growing. He is currently studying a Masters project at the University of Adelaide.  In addition, James provides consultancy services for grape growers including Paxton Vineyards and runs vineyards for notable winemakers including Penny’s Hill, Dowie Doole, Penley Estate and as a partner in “DJ’s Growers” one of SA’s largest agronomy businesses.  He is also the owner (together with his wife) of Lazy Ballerina a winery based near Kuitpo Forest.  James is a graduate of the Wine Industries Future Leaders programme.




Feel free to forward this meeting notice to colleagues, all welcome.



Paul Sutcliffe


SA Branch

Statistical Society of Australia

Tel. 0438 446 064

[email protected]


Vineyard assessment and how it relates to wine quality
When: 23/11/2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Room 210 Napier Building, North Terrace, Adelaide University,
North Terrace,
South Australia 5001

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