As part of the Environmental Science Field School offered by the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, we recently went to the Clonakilla vineyard in Murrumbateman.
By conducting soil sample tests in a range of sites across a single vineyard, we participated in real-world consultancy.
After collecting data, we developed a picture of what soils made the best wines. The highest grade wine from this vineyard has won awards and consistently sells for about $100 per bottle. A lower grade is produced in the same vineyard and sells for about $35 per bottle. Our soil samples were seeking to answer why this difference in quality occurs.