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Beyond Vineyard Ecosystems: Growing for the future

Join Bragato Research Institute on 27-28 September for a two-day conference at the newly opened Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. If you’re a decision-maker for a vineyard, interested in sustainability, or curious about what future practices may bring to the winery from the vineyard — this is a technical event you won’t want to miss.

Date: 27 Sep 2022

This two-day, jam-packed event features over 25 speakers and panellists, international perspectives, exhibits, research wine tasting and more. While this event highlights the findings of the seven-year Vineyard Ecosystems research programme and its spin-off projects, outside perspectives and fresh looks at the data will paint a picture of what’s in store for our vineyard practices. Bragato Research Institute will be on-hand to pour research wines from healthy and trunk diseased vines—but can you tell the difference?

This event features a stellar line-up of growers and scientists, from both inside and outside the programme, to discuss practice change as well as placing research findings into an international context. International speakers include Dr Andrew Neal, soil biology cluster lead at Rothamsted Research in the UK; and Richard Leask of Hither and Yon in McLaren Vale, Australia.

This event features four in-depth sessions, each with multiple speakers:

  • Virus and mealybug
  • Vineyard longevity and grapevine trunk disease
  • Rethinking chemistry
  • Soil, water and ecosystem services

Hear from participating viticulturists how their practices have evolved over the course of the programme and where they are headed into the future. Also hear from researchers currently taking a fresh look at programme data, and how the programme has accelerated our understanding of pests, diseases and more.

Purchase your tickets here

Thank you to our sponsors

We’re proud to welcome Riversun as the event’s platinum sponsor. Thank you to AGMARDT for conference support to bring Dr Andrew Neal of Rothamsted Research from the UK to New Zealand. Additionally, thank you to the New Zealand Horticentre Trust for providing travel support for some growers and up-and-coming viticulturists who otherwise would not have been able to attend. Horticentre Charitable Trust supports growers in the promotion of education, training, and research and development. 

Event sponsorships are now closed. Please contact for any last-minute exhibitor slots. 

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