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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Hard work earns Fran a trip to Champagne

Delamere winemaker Fran Austin is on her way to Champagne at someone else's expense after winning the $10,000 Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award. 

Austin, who runs Delamere at Pipers River with her husband Shane Holloway, will undertake a study tour of Champagne to investigate vineyard practices, winemaking and marketing in the world's greatest sparkling wine region. 

In particular, she will explore the economic and environmental sustainability of Champagne growers/producers and the relationship they have with Champagne Houses. 

She will share what she learns with other Tasmanian sparkling wine business. 

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies welcomed the announcement of Fran as the 2016 Don Martin Fellowship recipient.

“The Alcorso Foundation has instigated this valuable program to support the development of individual wine professionals and, through them, the broader Tasmanian wine sector," she said. 

"With sparkling wine representing a third of Tasmania’s wine, this is a key area of focus for the sector and the insights Fran obtains from Champagne are expected to be of particular relevance to Tasmania’s sparkling wine producers.”

The Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship was initiated by the Alcorso Foundation to commemorate influential Tasmanian viticulturist, Dr Don Martin. 

The fellowship is available to Tasmanian-based wine professionals to encourage research via study-based travel or new localised research projects across viticulture/oenology that benefits the broader sector.

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