Dr Richard Hamilton has been a student of viticulture for over 40 years. For the last ten years he has been a consultant viticulturist to the Australian Grape and Wine industry with his own business, Hamilton Viticulture. Past viticultural experience has included corporate, government and private enterprise roles. Richard was National Viticulturist from 1998 to 2010 for what is now Treasury Wine Estates with interest in vine health, the application of spatial technologies and vine propagation. From 1986 to 1998, Richard was with Primary industry and Resources South Australia and the South Australian Research and Development in a range of roles, finishing as Principal Consultant – Grapes, Citrus and Plant Health. During this time, he established a small family vineyard at Ashton in the Adelaide Hills. Richard is a fellow of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology.