Perth: Vine Fruits Research Trust Inc, Ca. 1956. Hardcover. Important report on the state of the wine industry in Western Australia by the American pioneering grape breeder and professor (UC Davis) known for his key role in the development of the California wine industry. Olmo traveled widely to collect endangered vines, which he then cultivated in California, creating one of the world's most important grape collections. It was Olmo who came up with the more disease resistant variety of Chardonnay, making it the predominant California wine grape.
Olmo traveled to Western Australia to study the climactic conditions for growing grapes in the Swan Valley. Olmo's report found that the zones best suited for "the production of high quality light table wines [is] the south coastal area along the Frankland River" (p67) and that basic research should be concentrated on "development of the huge area of sandy hills (Banksia) that are adjacent to the Swan" (p68). There is a Bordeaux blend named in his honor.
8vo, 80pp, b&w printed photographic illustrations. Publisher's pale blue gilt cloth covers. Trove 12003293. OCLC: 78061849; SLWA 338.17 OLM. Very good condition. Item #24485