CHS Winter Speaker Series


Developments in viticulture from Akaroa beginnings to Waipara today

Four highly qualified and experienced speakers present this series of stimulating talks culminating in the M J Barnett Memorial Lecture on Thursday 15 August.


The Winter Speaker Series 2019 venue is The KIOSK, Christchurch Botanic Gardens. (Just over the footbridge by the Armagh Street carpark)
There is plenty of parking available.

Talks start promptly at 7pm.

Admission prices

$5 per talk for CHS members and students
$10 per talk for non-members

Includes light refreshments 

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Thursday 16 May 7pm

Rupert Tipples

Developments in Canterbury viticulture from Akaroa beginnings in 1840 to Waipara today

Rupert Tipples retired at the end of 2014 but is Honorary Associate Professor of the Department of Land Management and Systems, Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce, Lincoln University. He was one of the three authors of ‘Canterbury Grapes & Wines 1840-2002’ along with the late Dr David Jackson and Danny Schuster. He was responsible for the book’s historical chapters. In them he presented the history of grape growing and wine making in Canterbury from 1840-2002.

This Canterbury history began with the settlement of French migrants brought by the Comte de Paris to Akaroa in 1840, but which never extended from Akaroa to the rest of Canterbury. After explaining why the initial Akaroa plantings did not develop and the lull in viticultural activity until the 1970s the account turns to the events of the 1970s. David Jackson and Danny Schuster, who came into contact at Lincoln College, planted their first experimental vineyard on one of the campus research farms in 1973. From those trials significant growth in the industry in Canterbury and particularly at Waipara took place.

Dr Tipples presentation will recall developments from 1840 to 2002, concluding with a brief overview of the changes which have occurred in the viticultural landscape in Canterbury over the past 17 years.

Thursday 13 June 7pm

Steve Wratten

Biodiversity in the vineyards in Waipara

Thursday 11 July 7pm

Peter Almond

Soils and viticulture of Canterbury

Thursday 15 August 7pm

MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture

The M J Barnett Memorial Lecture is conducted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society in honour of the memory of the late Mr M J Barnett, Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for over 30 years.

Danny Schuster

  • Born in Prague in 1949, graduate of Melnick college of Charles University in viticulture, wine making and vine physiology in 1969.
  • Research winemaker for Seppelts Winery in South Australia 1970-1972.
  • Research winemaker for Stellenbosch Farmers Winery in South Africa 1972-1974.
  • Practical experience in vineyards/cellars of Bordeaux, (Moueix family), Burgundy (Leflaive family) and research laboratories of Neustadt and Geisenheim Research Institutes 1974-1976.
  • Visiting lecturer and pioneer of wine research in South Island of NZ, Lincoln University in Canterbury 1974-1982 (incl. extensive research into use of Pinot noir in South Island). Teaching postgraduate classes in viticulture/wine-making and sensory evaluation of wines.
  • Vineyard adviser to Montana winery (Seagrams) in Marlborough, NZ 1976-1978.
  • Winemaker for the first Canterbury winery, St.Helena Wine Estate in Ch.Ch. 1978-1985 (awarded the first gold medal for NZ Pinot noir at National Wine Competition 1982 and 1984 vintages).
  • Owner/winemaker of Daniel Schuster Wines in Waipara, North Canterbury 1986-sold in 2009. (awarded the Champion trophy for Pinot noir and Best New World red wine in International Wine Challenge in Tokyo 2008).
  • Wine consultant to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Arrayo, Bella Oaks, Martha Vineyard, Vieder, Niebaum-Coppola Estate, Spotswoode, Moraga and other top Californian estates since 1985. Consultant to Mondavi Family Estates in Napa Valley from 2013.
  • Vineyard consultant to Ornellaia Estate in Tuscany from 1995 and Attems in Friuli, Valdicava, Pacenti, Nardi in Montalcino, Antinori, Frescobaldi and Sette Ponti Estates in Tuscany/Sicily.
  • Author of several textbooks on ‘Grape-growing and winemaking in cool climates’, recipient of award for scientific literature on wine in Italy 2002. Co-editor with prof. M.Fregoni and Dr A.Paoletti of ‘Viticulture – Zonation of Vineyards’, Italy 2003. Co-author of Practical Guide to grape growing and Physiology of Vine, Italy, 2014. Visiting lecturer to students at Florence University, Italy.
  • Awarded a permanent display in Smithsonian Institute of American History, Washington DC., for contribution to evolution of modern Californian wine industry in 2002.
  • Instrumental in arranging scientific co-operation and student exchange between Lincoln University (NZ) and Universities of Florence and Milano (Italy) in 2003.
  • Vineyard/Wine Consultant for the Stonyridge (2009-2011) and Haypaddock, Jurassic Ridge, Man O’War vineyards on Waiheke and Heron’s Flight in Matakana from 2011 to present.
  • Recipient of Lifetime contribution to NZ wine awards by NZ Hospitality Industry and the Chefs Association of NZ in 2008 and 2011.


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