Controlling one of the most damaging grape vine diseases in the Murray-Darling/Swan Hill wine regions is the aim of two workshops being presented by Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) later this month.

The workshop for Murray-Darling region winegrape growers will be held October 24 at the Cardross vineyard operated by Sunraysia TAFE, starting at 9am.

 Swan Hill region growers can attend a workshop the day before at Andrew Peace Wines, Piangil, starting at 12 noon.

Both events will focus on spray unit set-up, application, timing of sprays and disease identification. Included will be a presentation on the control and treatment of other vine pests and diseases.

MVW is presenting the workshops in association with the Australian Wine Research Institute and Wine Australia.

Speakers are regarded as Australia’s leading vine disease specialists.

They include plant pathologists Peter Magarey and Dr Bob Emmett, and spray application expert Alison MacGregor.

MVW Executive Officer Mike Stone says powdery mildew was prevalent in many wine regions across Australia this year, resulting in some fruit downgrades and even rejection.

“Without regular and thorough vineyard inspections, the disease can flourish undetected and spread rapidly. Effective treatment and control then become vital,” he said.

“If a vineyard was infected this year, it will be vulnerable to attack again as the 2018 season progresses.”

Programs and information are available from MVW on 5021 3911 or at www.mvwi.com.au. Both workshops include lunch and are free of charge. Registrations are essential.