Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Viticulture Resources

Resources for grape growers including fact sheets, videos, and apps on the topics of trunk diseases, soil health, pesticides, mildews, and more.

WineOz SmartGrape Mobile App

This app funded by Wine Australia is a National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) project at Charles Sturt University to analyse images of grape bunches by giving an approximation of the berry size and colour/hue. With this information, wine growers can track how the colour and the size of their grapes have progressed over time.

More details here.


Fit Vine Mobile App

fit vine screenshotFit Vine helps you assess the quality of vines before you plant them. Avoid planting sub-standard or diseased vines that will impact your bottom line with Fit Vine.

Developed by the National Wine & Grape Industry Centre, Fit Vine is quick and simple to use, requires no special training or knowledge and can be used outdoors in the vineyard. A pair of secateurs (pruning clippers) is all you need.


  • Accurately assess the quality of vines
  • See pictures of diseased and healthy vines
  • Identify common physical vine defects
  • Learn to dissect sample vines
  • Create a permanent record of your evaluation
  • Email the results of your evaluation
  • Made by a world leader in grapevine propagation
  • Read helpful information

Download for iOS devices


Non-Botrytis Bunch Rot

Bunch rots have long been associated with losses of grape yield and reductions in wine quality in vineyards. Their correlation with particular climatic conditions, namely warm temperatures and high moisture, and grapevine growing stages, can influence infection and affect yields.

Bunch Rot Fact Sheet


Grapevine Trunk Diseases

Grapevine trunk diseases are caused by fungal pathogens that grow primarily in mature wood. These can infect:

  • propagation material and affect growth of newly planted vines; or
  • established vines through wounds (primarily pruning wounds), causing a loss of productivity

Grapevine Trunk Disease Factsheet

Botryosphaeria Dieback Factsheet


Fruit splitting of wine grape berries

Fruit splitting is the bursting, cracking or rupturing of the berry skin. It is typically associated with rainfall events that occur during berry ripening.

Splitting is an important industry issue because it impacts on both grape yield and quality. When there is significant rain during the harvest season splitting and disease have a major impact on the volume and quality of the fruit crushed, and as a result can dramatically reduce financial returns.

Fruit Splitting Factsheet


Grapevine Management Guide

Each season, NSW Department of Primary Industries releases an essential resource for viticulturists, the Grapevine Management Guide, with topics including weather and climate, disease, pesticides and chemicals, and more.

View Grapevine Management Guide