Victorian Wine Growth Funding

We are the proud recipients of the Victorian Wine Growth Funding awarded to assist us with expert viticulture practices that address challenges of climate change that particularly affect wine grapes.

There is clearly potential for climate change to induce changes in vines that will increase their vulnerability to stress and make them more susceptible to pests. It is anticipated that climate change will bring direct changes in pest distributions and changes in natural enemy distributions as insects respond to temperature changes.
(Thomson and Hoffmann 2010c).

As part of our Victorian Wine Growth funding award we have begun to implement biological methods of vineyard pest control. Over the past two years, three half kilometre long instectariums of 2,000 native plants have been planted as an understorey beneath the communities of Grey and Yellow Box Eucalypts and River Red Gums that grow along the ridge lines, straddling between the three vineyard blocks.

The principle of a vineyard insectarium is that it attracts a diverse range of natural enemies that contributes to control of vineyard pests. Predators include spiders, ground beetles (carabids), large rove beetles (staphylinids) ladybird beetles (coccinellids), a range of predatory flies, hoverflies (Syrphidae) predatory midges (Cecidomyiidae), brown and green lacewings, predatory bugs, and thrips. Predatory mites are essential to the control of bunch, bud, blister, rust and two-spotted mites. There many wasp parasitoids attacking eggs, larvae and pupae of vineyard pests, and also fly parasitoids like the tachinid fly attacking light brown apple moth caterpillars. Predators and parasitoids have potential to decrease the need for pesticide applications.

Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation with support from Australia's Grape growers and Winemakers through our investment body have carried out extensive research into the beneficial influences of insectariums led by Linda Thomson (email and others.

Blossom trees at Guildford Vineyard and Cellar.


Viticultural Walking Tour of the Insectarium

We are introducing a guided walk around the insectariums with a leaflet to explain the design. Plant specimens are collected, dried and pressed as a part of the monitoring process of the insectarium.

These specimens will later be used in the cyanotype workshop presented by Julie Millowick. The walks will be conducted over four Fridays in September, November, December and January.

For bookings phone Mandy : 0411 253 506

You are invited to join the free walks. Morning 10am - midday, two hours, slow pace. We also monitor birds and their nests so no dogs.

Numbers limited to 6 people. Bring sturdy walking boots and hats.

Cyanotype Photography Workshop: January 2019

January 2019
Full day Friday or Saturday
$150 each ticket
Class numbers 8 people
Booking: Mandy on 0411253506
Presented by Julie Millowick, Photographer

Cyanotype Photography Workshop at Guildford Vineyard and Cellar.

Included in the price:

  • lunch, glass of wine and morning / afternoon coffee / tea breaks
  • four hours coating of paper prior to class by Julie - 10 sheets of prepared photographic paper per person.
  • all chemical materials provided - bring your own dried specimens.
  • four hours contact teaching with Julie Millowick
  • opportunity to design arrangements on photographic paper.
  • the cyanotype process and history of the medium will be given to each participant on cd/usb.

Cyanotype photography:

Objects are placed directly onto the sensitised paper, then exposed to ultra violet light [the sun]. Exposures vary depending on the degree of transparency of the object.
Cyanotype, invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Each image is unique.

Julie Millowick’s interest in cyanotype was inspired by the beautiful work of pioneering photographer, Anna Atkins. Such are the archival properties of cyanotype, Anna’s work is still as rich and strong as when she created it over 100 years ago. Julie Millowick’s cyanotype work is utterly beautiful. It is a privilege for us to invite her here to share her incredible knowledge of this photographic process without a camera.

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