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First published in 2011
Publisher
Patrick Iland Wine Promotions Pty Ltd

The Grapevine: from the science to the practice of growing vines for wine contains 320 A4 full-colour pages of viticulture theory and practices, research and practical case studies and 290 coloured diagrams/photographs and 74 tables.

Winner in the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) 2012 Awards for books in the “Viticulture” category.
The Grapevine: from the science to the practice of growing vines for wine explores the links between the scientific principles and the practice of viticulture. It is primarily intended as a text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, however it will also be of great interest to anyone involved in viticulture and winemaking as, while it focuses on theory, it also contains practical aspects of growing vines for wine. It covers the basic principles of the molecular, physiological, biochemical and practical aspects of growing vines for wine. Extensive literature reviews provide a snapshot of current knowledge. New developments, in both research and practice, are discussed. Many diagrams and photographs are included. It provides an up-to-date, thoughtful, comprehensive and interesting account of the scientific principles relating to the practice of viticulture.

Contents include

The grapevine
Grapevine structure and function
Grapevine growth
Development of inflorescence primodia
Flowering and fruitset
Photosynthesis
Berry composition
Molecular biology
Vines, grapes and wine
Water, soil and the vine
Sources and sinks
The vine and its environment
Putting it all together
Bud dormancy

Authors

The four co-authors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching, research and the practice of viticulture. Patrick Iland, Peter Dry and Steve Tyerman are past and current lecturers and Tony Proffitt is a past post-graduate student in viticultural science at The University of Adelaide.

Patrick Iland now devotes his time to writing and publishing educational wine related books; Peter Dry and Tony Proffitt work as viticultural consultants and Steve Tyerman is the Chair of Viticulture in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Patrick Iland OAM

Patrick Iland OAM

Dr Patrick Iland (BAppSc, MAgSc, PhD) has been involved in wine education for over 35 years. He is a former Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide, Australia. Patrick has taught and researched in the areas of wine chemistry, viticulture and sensory evaluation. His research focused on the effects of viticultural practices on grape and wine quality and wine sensory properties. He, along with colleagues, developed the ‘berry colour ’ measure — a measure widely used in the viticulture industry for determining the colour of black grapes. Although retired, he retains his connection with the University as a Visiting Research Fellow. He is a past winner of the Stephen Hickinbotham Memorial Trust Award (for his research on Pinot Noir grapes and wines) and the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded by The University of Adelaide. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the Australian wine industry. Patrick has a strong interest in and commitment to education. He and his wife Judith conduct a publishing business specialising in educational wine books.


Tony Proffitt

Tony Proffitt

Dr Tony Proffitt (BSc, MSc, PhD, Post-graduate Dip. in Viticulture) commenced his career in agricultural science during the 1980s. He has worked in the technical, consultancy, extension and educational sectors of the Australian wine industry since 1995. He spent five years with Southcorp Wines (now known as Treasury Wine Estates) and then joined AHA Viticulture, a vineyard management and consultancy company based in the Margaret River region, Western Australia. Tony continues to work as a consultant viticulturist. He is best known for his work using and promoting the Precision Viticulture suite of tools for vineyard management. In 2006 he co-authored the book entitled ‘Precision Viticulture – a new era in vineyard management and wine production’. Tony has a strong interest in education, having been employed as a lecturer in viticulture at Curtin University, Western Australia. He is the author of many scientific papers and industry articles which have been published in a range of peer-reviewed and popular viticultural, agricultural and soil science journals.


Peter Dry

Peter Dry

Dr Peter Dry (BAgSc, MAgSc, PhD) has been a viticultural scientist for 40 years. He started his career in the SA Department of Agriculture in 1970. His academic career commenced at Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1975 and continued at The University of Adelaide from 1990. He retired from the University as Associate Professor in 2008. Since that time, he has been a part-time viticulture consultant at the Australian Wine Research Institute, where he has been able to continue his passion for the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge to the grape and wine industry. Although his research has been wide-ranging, he is perhaps best known for the development of the partial rootzone drying (PRD) irrigation strategy—in 2001, this was named as one of the 100 most-important technological innovations of the 20th century in Australia by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. This strategy evolved from initial research on the water stress physiology of the grapevine. He is the author of many scientific and popular publications on viticulture and wine. This is his sixth book as a co-author.


Steve Tyerman

Steve Tyerman

Professor Stephen Tyerman (BSc Hons, PhD, FAA) is a leading scientist in the field of plant physiology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003. He has won many awards for his research, including, in 2007, the prestigious Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship. He has researched nutrition, salinity and water relations in plants for some 25 years and published in journals such as Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2001 Steve was appointed to the Wine Industry Chair of Viticulture at The University of Adelaide. Since then he has led research on vine and berry water relations and vine drought tolerance. He teaches in all levels of viticulture education in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at The University of Adelaide. Climate change impacts and adaptation in viticulture are drivers for his research, and he is currently the programme leader in Water for Primary Industries Research Network within the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.