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We would like to invite you to attend the 1st Australasian Symposium for Greening vineyards which takes place July 2nd, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand, organized by Lincoln University and the Bragato Research Institute.

The symposium will explore, evaluate and celebrate the science, design, implementation and management of non-vine vegetation and waterways that provide benefits to vineyard owners, employees and vineyard communities.

The symposium is for both researchers, vineyard owners and managers who have an interest in improving vineyard sustainability and resilience. The symposium will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the latest in sustainable viticulture practice, to discuss with people from experts to growers from across Australasia, to share your own work and learn from others. From this symposium we expect to build a network of experts and practitioners to advance vineyard greening across Australasia.

Kind regards,

Wendy McWilliam and Olaf Schelezki,

Chairs of the Symposium,

Lincoln University

Key dates to remember:


Due to COVID-19, the symposium is postponed until further notice.

Please, watch this space for updates.

December 16, 2019: Opening for abstracts submission


January 15, 2020: Early-bird Registration opens


March 30, 2020: Deadline for abstracts submission - now extended


April 17, 2020: Decision regarding abstracts

May 4, 2020: Early-bird Registration closes


June 1, 2020: Registration closes


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Biodiversity strategies involving vineyard greening are being promoted internationally as best practice for mitigating environmental impacts associated with viticulture, but also as ways to support an increased number and quality of ecosystem services within vineyards. Greening involves the introduction of non-vine vegetation and water systems within vineyards that support vineyard ecosystem health in addition to providing benefits to grapevine production and wine sales.  For example, shelterbelts can be designed to mitigate microclimate in support of vine growth. Cover crops can improve soil health (which in turn improves vine health), and provide habitats for beneficial fungi, bacteria and insects in support of reduced reliance on pesticides. Riparian vegetation can help reduce vine management-related impacts, such as spray drift, on adjacent waterways.  Furthermore, nature conservation areas, and cellar door plantings, can provide habitat for desirable indigenous biodiversity, such as birds of prey, and improve wine branding and sales.


This first Australasian Symposium for Greening Vineyards addresses the topic of innovations in designing biodiversity-based wine grape production systems in support of a wine variety of ecosystem services including improved pest management, soil retention and quality, micro-climate, water quality, indigenous biodiversity, carbon sequestration, terroir, wine branding and sales, and agri-tourism.


Greening research and practices presented will focus on innovations from New Zealand and Australia; however, research and practice from other parts of the world are most welcome to participate. The topic has been conceptualised as broad, open-ended, interdisciplinary and highly inclusive for participants from a variety of disciplines including (however, not exclusively) viticulture, landscape architecture, ecology, marketing and tourism. In addition, we welcome vineyard managers and owners, who have implemented greening within their vineyards, to share their experiences.


The symposium will achieve three goals: 1) to explore and evaluate science, planning, design and management of vineyard greening in support of reduced environmental impacts, and increased/ enhanced  ecosystem services, 2) investigate enablers and barriers to vineyard greening to arrive at new and improved science, planning, design and management approaches, and 3) to gather experts from New Zealand and Australia in vineyard greening together in order to develop and enhance research partnerships.

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Symposium Objectives


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Dr. Olaf Schelezki (Lincoln University)

Lecturer in Viticulture

Centre for Viticulture and Oenology

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science

Dr. Wendy McWilliam (Lincoln University)

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Ecology

Centre of Excellence: Designing Future Productive Landscapes

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design



Len Ibbotson  (Bragato Research Institute)

Viticulture Extension and Research Manager

Research Communication  






Will Kerner (Bragato Research Institute)

Research Programme Manager

Vineyard Ecosystem Program and Mealy Bug Task Force

Conference Secretariat:

Suphicha Muangsri

Phone 021 084 37120

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Organising Committee

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Chris Penfold has been a researcher with the University of Adelaide for 30 years, initially in broadacre agronomy and for the last 20 years in viticulture. His research has focussed on the enhancement of system sustainability through investigating non-chemical weed control, under-vine management and cover cropping systems. He has a strong interest in re-introducing native plants to the landscape, especially where they can provide multiple benefits to landholders and the environment. His most recent project, funded by Wine Australia, investigated the use of suitable plant species to improve soil health and vineyard profitability while reducing the need for herbicides in the under-vine zone of vineyards.




João Corbett was born and educated in Brazil. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering in 2004 he started working with table grapes. Three years later he came to New Zealand where he continued working in viticulture. In 2008 he was hired as a trainee at Churton. In 2009 João became Assistant Vineyard Manager and held the position until 2010 when he went back to Brazil. In 2016 he came back to manage Churton vineyard. João joined Seresin Estate in early 2018 as a Viticulturist, taking care of the vines, livestock and biodynamic preparations. While committed to
organic and biodynamic farming principles, João is also interested in permaculture and regenerative agriculture. On the rare occasions when he is not in the vineyard, you will find João diving and gathering
seafood in Marlborough Sounds.

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Keynote Speakers


Symposium presentations will be organised around three pillars:


Biophysical and social science in support of vineyard greening


What vineyard greening has been implemented and its effectiveness; how has it been managed and to what effect?

How to design vineyards and vineyard landscapes in support of profitability and multiple ecosystem services

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Call for Abstracts



More details coming soon

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Journal and Special Issue



Visitor Information

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Regardless of whether you are new to Canterbury, or have visited before, it has plenty to offer! It is not a coincidence that this year Christchurch made it into the New York Times’ 52 Places list - for the second time!

Dubbed ‘a city in transformation’, Christchurch offers an array of new shops and restaurants featuring many of Canterbury’s best wines complemented by locally produced foods.

Other key destinations offering both cool shops and restaurants within a short drive from Lincoln University include the port town of Lyttelton, with its hippy vibe and working harbour, and Akaroa, an old French colony founded in 1840, which still retains its French flavour. 

For more information around the offerings of Canterbury and accommodations around Christchurch please click the following links:


Should you decide to reside in Lincoln whilst attending the symposium, the following accommodations might be right for you:


Public transportation is available between Christchurch and Lincoln University, should you wish to take advantage of it.

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More details coming soon.

Field Trip
About Christchurch
The Venue
Travel Information

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The organizing committee invites you to join us at the 1st Australasian Symposium for Greening Vineyards. This is going to be a great symposium with researchers and growers from all over Australasia who will come together to meet, learn, collaborate and celebrate their experiences in incorporating greening into vineyards and producing wine through the latest green practices.


Do not miss this opportunity to network with key decision makers in viticulture science and practice.


Space is limited and sold on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to reserve your spot at the symposium for a prime location.


To become an exhibitor, please contact the symposium secretariat, Suphicha Muangsri



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For more information, please contact:


Suphicha Muangsri

Photo credit: Corbett, 2018

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