Photo: Andre Castellucci / Wine Australia
Photo: Andre Castellucci / Wine Australia

Wine Australia is committed to the development of the next generation of researchers, experts and leaders who will help to drive the Australian grape and wine community's future.

Wine Australia offers a PhD and Masters by Research scholarship program to help attract postgraduate students to the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business research.

Our scholarship recipients are placed across a diverse range of disciplines and across projects that will help support a prosperous grape and wine community.

Click on the arrow below to view the current scholarship recipients and their projects.

Current recipients

Name Research Organisation Project title
Alexander Copper University of Adelaide Assessing the suitability of indigenous Cypriot grape varieties for Australia’s challenging and changing climate.
Ana Hranilovic University of Adelaide Non-Saccharomyces yeasts in ethanol reduction and flavour enhancement
Andrew Taylor Murdoch University Genetic structure, survival mechanisms and spread of grapevine downy mildew populations in Western Australian and Australian vineyards
Bruna Lima University of Melbourne Objective measures of sparkling wine quality
Chelsea Jarvis University of Melbourne The impact of modes of climate on vineyard performance in Australia
Cristobal Onetto University of Adelaide Improved treatment of winery wastewater through a detailed microbial population analysis
Daniel Whipp James Cook University A low power flexible sensor network system for viticulture
Di Liu University of Melbourne Microbial terroir: understanding the importance of the soil-borne microbial community to Australian terroir
Gail Gnoinski University of Tasmania Novel approaches to autolysis manipulation and improving efficiencies in sparking wine production
Guy Leedon Australian National University Locating terroir: understanding businesses’ identification with their local environment, place and community, and how this influences wine purchasing decisions and corporate sustainability
Gyongyver (Ginger) Korosi Charles Sturt University Entomopathogenic fungi as potential biocontrol agents of grape phylloxera
Harriet Walker University of Tasmania Improving grapevine yield and wine quality through optimised vine nutrition and pruning
Hieu Trung Bui University of Adelaide Enhanced biological control of light brown apple moth in vineyards
James Hook University of Adelaide Assessment of vineyard performance to predict wine quality
Jennifer Niem Charles Sturt University Characterisation of the microbiome associated with grapevines and evaluation of endophytic microorganisms as biological control agents of grapevine trunk disease pathogens
Jingyun Ouyang University of Adelaide Developing digital tools for canopy management
Julie Tang University of New South Wales Autonomous in-vivo determination of maturity parameters
Liang Chen University of Adelaide Origin of varietal thiols: environmental and winemaking effects
Lisa Hartmann University of Adelaide Bioprospecting the regional genetic diversity of Australian wine microbiota
Louise Bartle University of Adelaide Identification and understanding of Saccharomyces and Oenococcus interactions in co-inoculated cultures for development of robust inoculation pairs in wine fermentation.
Marcell Kustos University of Adelaide A cross cultural study of the impact of Australian wines of provenance and food pairings on the consumer gastronomic experience
Martin Hirche University of South Australia Measuring physical availability (distribution network) of alcoholic beverages categories in light of localisation trends in globalised markets.
Mary Retallack University of Adelaide Evaluating native insectary plant species to boost beneficial arthropod populations in vineyards
Naomi Verdonk University of Adelaide Understanding Australian wine consumers’ preferences for sparkling wine
Olaf Schelezki University of Adelaide Optimisation of an early harvest regime - Impact on grape and wine quality and content
Pastor Jullian Fabres University of Adelaide Decoding the unique terroir of Australian wines using a multi-omics approach
Patrick Setford University of Adelaide Process control of objective wine quality parameters during fermentation using novel simulation models
Pierluigi Reveglia Charles Sturt University Isolation and characterisation of phytotoxins produced by the Botryosphaeriaceae and their role in grapevine trunk diseases
Qi Wu University of Adelaide The molecular diversity of viruses infecting Australian grapevines
Rachel Self Macquarie University Developing Botrytis cinerea as a potent non‐GM enzyme producer for the removal of haze‐forming proteins under normal winemaking conditions
Rocco Longo Charles Sturt University Production of lower alcohol wines
Ross Farrell University of Tasmania Optimising oak expression in wine through real-time flavour profiling of maturation products
Ryan Zeppel University of Adelaide Genomic insights into the nutrient utilisation and wine spoilage potential of Dekkera bruxellensis.
Sarah Moss CSIRO Agriculture and Food Understanding a key regulatory step in the auxin signalling pathway involved in the control of berry ripening
Shaoyang Wang University of Queensland A systematic approach to understanding wine texture and mouthfeel
Sijing Li University of Adelaide Selective and deliberate use of winemaking supplements to modulate sensory properties of wine
Tom Lang University of Adelaide Yeast strain construstion using CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome editing
Wenyu Kang University of Adelaide Alternative technology to modify and measure wine astringency, taste and quality
Xinyi Zhang Charles Sturt University Impacts of viticultural conditions and juice composition on the oxidative and reductive development of wine.
Yazhini Velappan University of Western Australia Oxidative activation of the cell cycle and its role in axillary bud development and dormancy under optimal and stressed conditions
Yue Wu University of Adelaide Genetic mechanisms that underpin chloride and sodium exclusion in grapevine germplasm

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