Dr Amber Parker is a Senior Lecturer in Viticulture and Director of the Centre for Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She completed her PhD at Lincoln University in collaboration with Bordeaux Sciences Agro-ISVV-Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics of Grapevines, France. From there, she worked as a scientist in grapevine modelling at Plant & Food Research, then started at Lincoln University in 2015. Her research focuses on phenological modelling and understanding environmental drivers of phenology, investigating the effects of source-sink modifications of the grapevine on phenology and asynchrony of fruit composition, and understanding impacts and adaptations for viticulture in the context of climate change. She also has a keen interest in developing and implementing precision agriculture techniques in viticulture.

How will climate change shape the future of Pinot noir production?

Grapes are ripening earlier and changes in berry composition have already been observed globally with increased temperatures for climate change. So what does it mean for the Pinot noir? Globally or within NZ?

This presentation will explore the concepts of climate change impacts, adaptations and mitigation for the wine industry. It will take a deep dive into research from here and abroad investigating the potential future for Pinot noir in the context of climate change.

Dr Amber Parker Affiliation: Lincoln University


The Southern Pinot Noir Workshop is an annual technical workshop that brings together winegrowers from New Zealand and the rest of the world for an in-depth look at the variety Pinot Noir.

Our event was inspired by the Steamboat Pinot Noir Conference in Oregon USA

Over the course of the 4-day workshop presentations are made and barrel samples are evaluated during formal tasting sessions with the sole purpose of understanding more about the variety.

The Southern Pinot Noir Workshop, now in its 33rd year, has been pivotal in New Zealand’s greater understanding of the variety and the enthusiasm this wine style has been generating.

We are indebted to Visy for their ongoing sponsorship of our annual event.

Please remember this when you are ordering bottles.

We are also very grateful of our other sponsors, NZ Winegrowers, Pacific Rim Oenology Services, and Bouchard Cooperages.


  1. To bring together Pinot Noir Winegrowers.
  2. To taste and evaluate previous vintage Pinot Noirs.
  3. To exchange information in confidence on the growing and making of Pinot Noir.
  4. To accomplish these objectives in an informal relaxed atmosphere that allows for recreation and sharing of wine with friends in a beautiful setting.

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