“Will jumped on board with Linnaeus in 2020 after assisting in the establishment of the Bragato Research Institute (BRI), a Regional Research Institute for the NZ wine and viticulture sector. Will has spent the last few years co-managing the Vineyard Ecosystems Programme with Riversun team member Nick Hoskins, and oversaw the legacy research portfolio for New Zealand Winegrowers.
Before managing research projects, Will worked in production as a viticulturist for his family estate, helping the family through organic conversion which resulted in a highly sought-after Pinot blanc wine produced by a couple of NZ winemakers who trained in the Alsace region. Will also worked in Napa, California in senior technical roles, both in the field and in the winery.
Will has been active in governance for research and technical advisory groups, most recently before joining Linnaeus. Will chaired two committees for the wine sector; The Grape Yield Analyser Industry Advisory Group and initiated the Mealybug Task Force group. Additionally, will has given talks at the International Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference, first in 2015 and second in 2019. Will presented his MSc thesis in 2015 which focused on the question of organic management versus conventional management and the resultant chemical compositions of soil, must and wine. In 2019, Will discussed the importance of researching functional soil ecology so agronomists and farmers alike can begin to ecological engineer our agroecosystems as a viable method to reduce chemical inputs and increase ecosystem multi-functionality and subsequent profitability.
Will is passionate about providing outcomes for growers and leveraging his broad knowledge as a general scientist to do so. His focus in soil chemistry and biology is key to the managed services Linnaeus provides on behalf of their clients for any successful agricultural management programme must be bolstered with sufficient data, and importantly, sound interpretation thereof.”