Regional program

The Regional Program is a key initiative of Wine Australia that seeks to actively encourage and support innovation, extension and adoption of R&D in the Australian wine sector.

The program aims to help grapegrowers and winemakers adopt new tools and research findings to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

The program allows grapegrowers and winemakers to:

  • identify their region’s highest priority innovation, extension and adoption issues
  • evaluate new concepts and technology in their own region to measure regional benefits of adoption
  • identify aspects of production that will ensure the region is sustainable into the future
  • assist with the uptake of new tools and research findings.

Regional program partners

Each Australian wine region can participate in the Regional Program.

The maximum amount of funding available is based on the value of winegrape levies paid in the region, with higher producing regions able to access a greater proportion of the total funding pool. To ensure that meaningful activities can be undertaken, regions with lower levels of production are clustered together. In total, there are 11 regional clusters.

Wine Australia partners with a regional industry organisation in each of the 11 regional clusters to administer the program. These Regional Partners, together with the regions in their cluster, are detailed below.

For all Regional Program factsheets and other resources click here

For more information about this program view the Wine Australia Regional Program Guidelines.


Regional Program partners

Murray Valley

Regional program partner

Murray Valley Winegrowers Inc

Contact

Mike Stone, Murray Valley Winegrowers Inc

Regions included in this cluster

Murray Darling and Swan Hill

Current regional program activities

Effective and cost efficient control of powdery mildew
Type: Field day workshop, report
Location: Mildura
Intended target date: June 2017
Oxygation of irrigation Water
Type: Field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Curlwaa and Coomealla
Intended target date: June 2017
Precision Viticulture
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop, report
Location: Merbein and Gol Gol
Intended target date: June 2017
Pruning wine grapes following hail events
Type: Field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Pomona
Intended target date: June 2017

Greater NSW and ACT

Regional program partner

NSW Wine Industry Association

Contact

Darren Fahey, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT), excluding Riverina

Current regional program activities

UAV, robotics & apps workshops
Type: Field day/workshop, report
Location: Various, NSW
Intended target date: January 2017
Leaf removal to alter bunch structure and control disease
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Various, NSW
Intended target date: June 2017
Manipulating harvest date of red wine grapes with antitranspirants
Type: Factsheet, trial, report
Location: Various, NSW
Intended target date:

Greater Victoria

Regional program partner

Wine Victoria Inc

Contact

Mark Krstic, Australian Wine Research Institute

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in Victoria, excluding Murray Darling, Swan Hill

Current regional program activities

Managing regional climate challenges workshops
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Great Western and North East Victoria
Intended target date: December 2016
Smoke taint education, monitoring and mitigation
Type: Seminar/conference, field day/workshop
Location: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, north east Victoria. Yarra Valley and King Valley
Intended target date: June 2017
Trunk disease management demonstration trials
Type: Field day/workshop, trial
Location: North east Victoria and Mornington Peninsula
Intended target date: June 2017
Pinot Noir - rootstocks, clones and winemaking tasting session
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Yarra Valley
Intended target date: Jun 2017

Limestone Coast

Regional program partner

Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council

Contact

Ulrich Grey-Smith, Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council Inc.

Regions included in this cluster

Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe and Mt Gambier

Current regional program activities

Aged Cabernet Sauvignon - tutored tasting
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Coonawarra
Intended target date: November 2016
Alternative varieties tasting and workshop
Type: Seminar/conference
Location: Mount Benson
Intended target date: December 2016
Nutritional requirements for optional wine quality
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Padthaway
Intended target date: June 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon rootstock trial - small lot winemaking
Type: Field day / workshop
Location: Coonawarra
Intended target date: June 2017
Inviting PhD students to Limestone Coast to present their research
Type: Seminar/conference
Location: Coonawarra
Intended target date: June 2017
Irrigating from the unconfined aquifer - implications
Type: Seminar/conference, report
Location: Naracoorte
Intended target date: June 2017

Queensland

Regional program partner

Queensland Wine Industry Association

Contact

Nick Pesudovs, Queensland Wine Industry Association

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in Queensland

Current regional program activities

To provide information to growers on clonal differences in Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay under Granite Belt conditions
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Various, QLD
Intended target date: June 2017
Vineyard for the Future (VFTF), alternative variety display vineyard and repository for testing varietal suitability and adaptability to predicted climatic conditions in Queensland’s sub-regions
Type: Seminar/conference, field day/workshop
Location: Various, QLD
Intended target date: June 2017

Riverina

Regional program partner

Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board

Regions included in this cluster

Riverina

Current regional program activities

Mid row crop demonstration block
Type: Field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Griffith and Leeton
Intended target date: June 2017

Riverland

Regional program partner

Riverland Wine Industry Development Council

Contact

Chris Bennett, Riverland Wine

Regions included in this cluster

Riverland

Current regional program activities

Development of web-based management tools
Type: Computer-based tool
Location: Online
Intended target date: February
New clone evaluation trial
Type: Trial
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017
Riverland rootstock trial
Type: Trial
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017
Ensuring Maintenance of Yield and Quality: Making Informed Water Use Decisions
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017
Using technology to improve grape quality & vineyard performance & sustainability
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017
Addressing new opportunities: alternative varieties & organic production techniques
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017
Objective measurement: the path to effective industry collaboration?
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Riverland
Intended target date: June 2017

South Australia Central

Regional program partner

Langhorne Creek Wine Region

Contact

Lian Jaensch, Langhorne Creek Wine Region

Regions included in this cluster

Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek and Kangaroo Island

Current regional program activities

Eutypa and trunk diseases
Type: Field day/workshop, report
Location: Various, SA Central
Intended target date: December 2016
Malbec Heat Management
Type: Trial, report
Location: Langhorne Creek
Intended target date: June 2017
Nematode management (alternative methods)
Type: Trial, report
Location: Various, SA Central
Intended target date: June 2017
Scale in Vineyards
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills
Intended target date: June
Sooty mould impacts on wine
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Adelaide Hills
Intended target date: June 2017
Taking tech to the regions
Type: Seminar/conference
Location: McLaren Vale
Intended target date: September 2016
Viticulture Innovation Day
Type: Field day/workshop
Location: Langhorne Creek
Intended target date: October 2016
Vineyard management for hotter seasons and drier vineyards
Type: Trial
Location: Langhorne Creek
Intended target date: June 2017

South Australia North

Regional program partner

Barossa Grape and Wine Association

Contact

Nicki Robins, Barossa Grape and Wine Association

Regions included in this cluster

Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Plains and Southern Flinders Ranges

Current regional program activities

Water management workshop
Type: Factsheet, seminar/conference
Location: Barossa Valley
Intended target date: October 2016
Eutypa: disseminate 2015-16 project information and training workshop
Type: Field day/workshop, report
Location: Clare Valley
Intended target date: November 2016
Grower breakfast/fact sheets to communicate the benefits of applying mulch under-vine
Type: Factsheet, seminar/conference
Location: Barossa Valley
Intended target date:
Preparing for a changing climate by improving the resilience of Barossa vineyards
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Barossa Valley
Intended target date: June 2017
Two CV demo sites: application of under-vine mulch and effect on water savings, yield, quality
Type: Field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Clare Valley
Intended target date: June 2017

Tasmania

Regional program partner

Wine Tasmania

Contact

Paul Smart, Wine Tasmania

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in Tasmania

Current regional program activities

Field day: an initial exploration of the yield and quality relationship
Type: Factsheet, field day/workshop
Location: Various, Tasmania
Intended target date: June 2017
Soil, hydrology and climate for Tasmanian viticulture
Type: Field day/workshop, report
Location: Various, Tasmania
Intended target date: June 2017

Western Australia

Regional program partner

Wines of Western Australia

Contact

Keith Pekin, Perth NRM

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in Western Australia

Current regional program activities

Cabernet Hang-time trials
Type: Factsheet, seminar/conference, trial, report
Location: Margaret River
Intended target date: June 2017
Evaluating and demonstrating alternative varieties
Type: Seminar/conference, field day/workshop, trial, report
Location: Wokalup
Intended target date: June 2017
Updating growers on managing garden weevil
Type: Field day/workshop, trial, newsletter
Location: Great Southern and Margaret River
Intended target date: June 2017
Benchmarking and extending info on improving BMP soil health
Type: Seminar/conference, field day/workshop, report
Location: Geographe
Intended target date: June 2017