Arris Blog

Dr Gerry Ritchie

April 11, 2014 / - Arris Pty Ltd

Gerry has 30 years experience in Soil Science and wine making.

She has specialised in practical solutions for ameliorating acidic soils, and minimising the impact of pollutants, particularly in sandy soils.  This included developing a soil test for aluminium in sandy soils considered marginal for agricultural development.  While working at the University of Western Australia, she was the recipient of over 2.5 million dollars of research grants.

Gerry’s experience in eonology includes making wine at commercial wineries for many years, running wine tastings, setting up wineries and designing and teaching oenology programs at the California Polytechnic State University and Napa Valley Community College.  She also has extensive quantitative sensory experience having run Descriptive Analyses and Discrimination and Preference tests for private industry and in university research.

Key skills include:

  • Project management, training and communication in soil science, winemaking, winery design and sensory evaluation of wines
  • Compilation, interpretation and analysis of data
  • Problem solving
  • Adapting scientific theory to practical solutions in agriculture and environmental challenges
  • Technical writing, reports, manuals and informational bulletins
  • Technical and informational presentations to researchers, extension officers and the general public
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative sensory analysis



  • Australian Soil Science Society