History of the Geoff Knights Award

History of the Geoff Knights Award

In 2006, Barossa grape grower, Adrian Hoffmann, was the inaugural winner with his project to develop a reference guide attuned to the needs of Barossa growers. With generous input from a range of viticulture and industry experts, and publishing support from award sponsor Elders Ltd, Adrian developed The Barossa Growers Guide which can be downloaded here.

In 2007, Yalumba Wines Viticulturist Amanda Mader, was the award recipient with her project Trellis tension as a measure of crop load. A report on her project can be found here.

In 2008, Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board SA Rootstock Project Manager Catherine Cox, was the 2008 award recipient with her project Water stress in grafted vines and the impacts on wine quality. A report on her project can be found here.

In 2009, SARDI Senior Research Officer Belinda Rawnsley, was the award recipient with her project Use of soil biological tests to assess vineyard soil health. A fact sheet which summarises Belinda’s project findings, and which provides practical advice to grape growers, can be found here. A detailed report on her project work is available on CD.

And in 2011, C A Henschke & Co. Project & Vineyard Manager, Travis Coombe, was the GKVIA award recipient for his project Establishing permanent mid-row crops in Barossa vineyards.  The findings of Travis’ project are due to be released in late 2013.

The Barossa Young Viticulturist Fellowship was renamed in 2009 to the Geoff Knights Viticulture Innovation Award in honour of Barossa grape grower Geoff Knights (1945 – 2008).  Outside of managing his own Light Pass vineyard, Geoff committed 40 years of his life to supporting innovation amongst growers and viticulturists, and had an unbounded passion for grape growing in the Barossa.  As a founding member of the Barossa Viticulture Technical Group, Geoff was actively involved in numerous Barossa regional committees and various national grape grower bodies. Geoff’s enthusiasm, coupled with his wise and humble manner, are qualities the award seeks to espouse as inspiration for anyone keen to make a difference in viticulture.


For information on past recipients and projects, please click on the links below.

2009 Geoff Knights Viticulture Innovation Award - Belinda Rawnsley
2008 Barossa Young Viticulturist Fellowship - Catherine Cox
2007 Barossa Young Viticulturist Fellowship - Amanda Mader
2006 Barossa Young Viticulturist Fellowship - Adrian Hoffmann