The Australian winegrower Dr. Richard E. Smart (* 1945) studied agricultural sciences at the University of Sydney. He earned further degrees at Macquarie University through studies on the influence of sunlight in vineyards, as well as regarding Canopy Management at the Cornell University (New York State) under Dr. Nelson Shaulis (1913-2000). In 1995, he was awarded the title of Doctor of Science by Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in recognition of his achievements in the study of foliage work on the impact on yield and quality. Dr. Smart also worked extensively as a publicist. He is the author of the book "Sunlight in Wine", author of many articles in professional journals, as well as the main person responsible for viticulture in the "Oxford Companion to Wine" (published by Jancis Robinson ).
Richard Smart is considered the world's leading expert and global consultant on canopy management and winemaking practices. He is also referred to as a "flying veterinarian". Together with the California estate owner John Dyson was the Smart-Dyson education system which was subsequently used worldwide (see for example Marqués de Griñón ). Two other educational systems developed by him are Ruakura Twin Two Animal and Te Kauwhata Two Animal, Dr. Smart warned repeatedly against the negative effects of climate change on the viticulture. Global warming is leading to an increase in the pest population, such as the cicada Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter, the bacteria transmitter of leaf disease Pierce Disease, In his opinion many red wines are endangered because they are theirs varietal lose. China He sees himself as a winner of climate change and an emerging winegrowing nation.