eCite Digital Repository

Specifying the Farming Styles in Viticulture


Mesiti, L and Vanclay, FM, Specifying the Farming Styles in Viticulture, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 46, (4) pp. 585-593. ISSN 0816-1089 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/EA05103


Fourteen styles of viticulture are defined: Astute Business Grower; Experimentalist Grower; Industry-Endorsed Early Adopter; Professional Scientific Manager; Experienced Manager; Labour-Efficient Grower; Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture Grower; Traditional Grower; Ethnic Grower; Conventional Grower; Retiree Grower; Hobby Grower; Sea-Change Grower; and Marginal Grower. The methodology to identify these farming styles included 6 focus groups in Mildura, Victoria, a face-to-face interview with 142 grape-growers in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, and qualitative interviewing with industry personnel and extension staff. Problems of social desirability response bias, the lack of self-identification by growers with styles, and literacy and other methodological issues meant that qualitative, participatory (emic) methods for identifying styles were not reliable. Following considerable immersion in the field, the researchers identified, on the basis of expert judgment (etic classification), the 14 farming styles in viticulture which they regard as a typology of ideal types. Benefits of the identification of farming styles in viticulture in terms of extension are discussed. © CSIRO 2006.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
ID Code:32689
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-11-23

Repository Staff Only: item control page