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Sample Collection Service For Smoke Taint Testing

Written by  Wine Victoria Monday, 03 February 2020

Tuesday, 21 January 2020
 

SAMPLE COLLECTION SERVICE FOR SMOKE TAINT TESTING

 
The Victorian Government is resourcing the collection and transport of grape samples for the laboratory testing of smoke taint indicator compounds. This supports Victorian grapegrowers and winemakers and the broader Victorian Wine Industry during the current bushfire crisis. 
 
The collection initiative is serviced and funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Agriculture Victoria. 
 
As vineyards are in different Phylloxera-management zones, movement of vine materials require specific certification to be received and sent on across zone and state borders. Agriculture Victoria staff will conduct quarantine inspections and provide permits and/or Plant Health Certificates as required at the designated collection point. Samples delivered to the collection point must be prepared according to laboratory instructions.
 
Frozen diagnostic samples must be in freezers at -18oC for a minimum of 24 hours prior to being brought into regional collection points listed below.

Samples will be collected and dispatched to laboratories by midday (12:00pm) on Mondays and Wednesdays, however with a first dispatch commencing this Thursday 23 January. 

Please note: no collection Australia Day Holiday, Monday 27 January.
 

Regional Collection Points*
NORTH EAST
Rutherglen DJPR Rutherglen 124 Chiltern Valley Rd, Rutherglen Matt Partridge 
(Winemakers of Rutherglen)
0428 744 434
King Valley Brown Brothers 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa Sean Dean
(Wines of the King Valley)
0418 387 109
SOUTHERN VICTORIA
Yarra Valley Domaine Chandon 727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream
(Loading Dock)
Caroline Evans
(Wine Yarra Valley)
 0409 190 646
Mornington Peninsula Moorooduc Estate 501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc
(Cellar Door Building 9am-4pm)
Jeremy Magyar
(MPVA)
0417 231 946
Gippsland Traralgon Vineyard Burnets Rd, Traralgon East Marg & Leon Hammond
5174 0557
(Please call before drop off)
 
* If your region is not listed in the current listed collection points, please contact Wine Victoria

 
There are two laboratories accredited to undertake Smoke Taint testing of grapes and wine. These are Vintessential Laboratories and Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Grapegrowers/winemakers wishing to get samples tested for smoke taint resulting from the December 2019 – January 2020 bushfires should contact the laboratory of their choice directly to make sure that the laboratory can schedule the incoming samples and provide results within the required timeframe.
 
 
To submit to AWRI:

  • Read the guidelines for the collection of samples for smoke taint analysis in this link
  • Ensure your sample is accompanied by a submission form
  • Label your sample correctly. Attach these labels to your samples
  • Register with the AWRI as a client. If you do not have an existing account register in the AWRI system as a client 
To submit to Vintessential Laboratories:
  • Read the guidelines for the collection of samples for smoke taint analysis in this link
  • Ensure all samples are correctly labelled, attach these labels to your samples 
  • Grape samples from the Mornington Peninsula sent to Vintessential do not require a permit as they are in the same Phylloxera Management Zone
 
For more Bushfire Recovery Support information:
  • The Victorian government provides a range of bushfire recovery supportbushfire recovery support including financial support for business, personal and family support as well as practical information for managing farms after a bushfire. 
  • Wine Victoria will continue to communicate upcoming industry announcements regarding the bushfire response both directly and on our Facebook page.
  • The AWRI offers a free confidential technical support service to the Australian wine sector, if you have any enquiries on smoke taint please contact the AWRI Helpdesk (08) 8313 6600 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information and queries on this initiative:

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North East Victoria

Andy Clark

M| 0436 804 656

 

Southern Victoria

Yan Lai

M|0436 830 944 

 

AWRI

Eric Wilkes

M| 0408 745 280

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Vintessential Laboratories

Wally Ceccato

M| 0439 864 240

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