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Helpdesk and Knowledge Libraries

Australian Wine Research Institute Helpdesk

Telephone: 08 8313 6600 during business hours


Funded by Wine Australia, the AWRI Helpdesk provides a free-of-charge advice service to Australia’s grapegrowers and winemakers who pay the Winegrapes and/or Grape Research levies. 

Advice is available on winemaking, viticulture and regulatory issues from experienced winemakers, viticulturists and scientists.

The AWRI Helpdesk also offers an investigative service for problems that cannot be resolved by advice over the phone or by email. Samples of grapes or wine can be sent in for independent analysis and interpretation to determine the root cause of an issue, with a formal report prepared if required. 

Australian Wine Research Institute Library 


Funded by Wine Australia, The John Fornachon Memorial Library houses the largest collection of technical wine resources (books, eBooks, journals, journal articles, conference proceedings, standards etc.) in Australia. A frequently updated web-accessible database contains more than 110,000 requestable resources related to viticulture and winemaking, and includes nearly 300 eBooks. The library also welcomes direct email requests for full text copies of any industry-related article required for research or personal study purposes.

All library services are free of charge to Australian grape and wine sector levy payers, industry associations, consultants, researchers, and students within Australia.

With around 5,000 new resources added every year, library staff also assist to combat information overload by facilitating the regular production of Technical Review, featuring a curated selection of key literature recommended by AWRI staff.


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VitiSynth is an international database of wine and table grape industry knowledge covering oenology, viticulture, wine business, wine marketing, wine sensory and more. 

VitiSynth and its weekly newsletter VitiSynthesis make it possible to keep up to date with new research and other publications by filtering through sources of information, eliminating those that are non-relevant and providing read recommendations while presenting the publications (including links to the publisher’s website) in a structured and efficient manner.

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Free annual subscriptions available through Wine Australia

Access to the full version of VitiSynth services requires a subscription. Wine Australia is pleased to offer annual subscriptions to individuals who meet the following criteria:

•    Australian grape and wine sector levy payers

•    individuals within Australian national, state/territory or regional industry associations

•    individuals working within policy and government agencies, consultants, agronomists and individuals working with the Australian grape and wine sector, and

•    researchers and students working in grape and wine science based at Australian universities or research institutes. 

Wine Australia reviews requests for applications against the criteria. When we get close to reaching the cap we will allocate subscriptions using the order specified. An additional cap is applied to individuals requesting a subscription from each of the top 20 largest wine companies by total wine production, at 20 individuals per company. 

Currently there are 630 Wine Australia subscriptions available. This number is regularly updated. 

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