Richard Smart (viticulturalist)

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Richard Smart (born 6 March 1945 in Windsor, New South Wales) is an Australian viticulturalist and leading global consultant on viticulture methods,[1] who is often referred to as “the flying vine-doctor”. He is considered responsible for revolutionising grape growing due to his work on canopy management techniques.[2]


Smart is a graduate from Sydney University with honours in agricultural science in 1966. Additionally he holds the degrees M.Sc. (Hons) from Macquarie University following a study of sunlight use by vineyards, a Ph.D from Cornell University in New York State studying under the Professor Nelson Shaulis, and in 1995 awarded a D.Sc. in agriculture by the Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in recognition of research into canopy management effects on vineyard yield and quality.

Smart is the developer of the Smart-Dyson Trellis, a modification of the Scott Henry trellis, with curtains trained up and down from the one cordon, along with John Dyson of California.[3]

Smart is the author of the book Sunlight into Wine as well as a contributor to several trade publications, and the viticulture editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine.[4]

Global warming changes[edit]

Smart has warned that as a consequence of the ongoing ramifications of global warming, there will be a variety of effects on viticulture, among which that some red grape varieties may lose colour, some wines will lose varietal flavor, some white varieties may disappear.[5] He has also warned of the consequent dangers of vine infestation as temperatures rise, particularly in the case of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, vector of Pierce's Disease, and the aphid Hyalestes obsoletus, which spreads a phytoplasma disease Bois Noir. Higher temperatures mean both insects will be able to survive winters and move further. Hyalestes obsoletus has recently been found in German vines.[5]

Furthermore, he has stated that following the Earth's changes, China is set to come to prominence as a wine-producing region.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robinson, Jancis, (16 August 2007). "Tasmania - trouble about t'mill".
  2. ^ Robinson, Jancis, (21 April 2003). "Dr Sherlock Smart unravels a grape mystery".
  3. ^ Oxford Companion to Wine. "training systems".
  4. ^ Oxford Companion to Wine. "New Zealand". Archived from the original on 15 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Buckley, Karen & Lechmere, Adam, (27 March 2006). "Pinot impossible in Burgundy over next 50 years".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Coggans, Jamie, Harpers (15 February 2008). "Global warming will see China develop as wine region".

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