Wine Australia's research activities

This page contains information about our current research projects and programs, reports from our completed projects, and tells you how to access our funding and report back to us if you are funded. Browse the listing or search for particular topics.

We invest in research to support both our priorities:

  • Increasing demand and the premium paid for all Australian wine, and
  • Increasing competitiveness.

To increase demand and the premium paid for all Australian wine, we will provide tangible evidence to support our fine wine claims through research into Australia’s unique terroirs and deeper knowledge of our customers globally and what influences their purchasing decisions.

We will help build excellence through research that develops new viticultural approaches, digital tools  and measures to assess grape and wine provenance and quality to optimise viticultural and winemaking practices so that the influences of terroir can be captured, enhanced and preserved.

Our focus on enhancing and building Australia’s competitive edge will be through research that develops new or enhanced technologies to improve vineyard and winery efficiency and performance.

We will encourage improved resource management and sustainability and equip the sector to manage the challenges of short-term climate cycles and long-term climate change.

If you have any questions or can’t find the information you are looking for, please contact us on 08 8228 2000 or at research@wineaustralia.com

Funding opportunities
Wine Australia invests in and directs research, development and extension to support a competitive Australian wine sector.
Research & development reporting
How to report for your Wine Australia-funded research project, scholarship or travel/visiting scholar bursary.
RD&E in your region
Wine Australia partners with sector organisations in 11 regional clusters to encourage and support innovation, extension and adoption of R&D.
People development and leadership
Wine Australia supports the next generation of grape and wine community leaders to develop their leadership and personal skills.

Biosecurity, pest and disease management

AGW 1710 Improving plant pest management through cross industry deployment of smart sensors, diagnostics and forecasting
 
Research organisation: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
DED 1701 Integrated management of established grapevine phylloxera
 
Research organisation: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
SAR 1701-1.1 Grapevine trunk disease management for vineyard longevity in diverse climates of Australia
 
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute
SAR 1701-1.2 Managing fungicide resistance in Australia viticulture
 
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute

Climate adaptability

AGW 1706 Forearmed is forewarned (FAFW): equipping farmers and agricultural value chains to proactively manage the impacts of extreme climate events
 
Research organisation: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
AWR 1603 Mitigation of Climate Change Impacts (Smoke Taint) on the National Wine Industry
 
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.1.1 Managing the impact of vintage advancement and compression
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
SAR 1701-2.1 Climate adaptation: developing irrigation strategies to combat dry winters
 
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute
SAR 1701-2.3 Cabernet Sauvignon trials to evaluate response to climate and management
 
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute

Customer insights

USA 1501 Driving the strategic growth of Australian wines in the US export market
 
Research organisation: University of South Australia
USA 1602 Creating opportunity for Australian ‘fine’ wine in China
 
Research organisation: University of South Australia

Efficient and sustainable vineyard management

CSA 1701-2.1 Physiology of root to shoot interactions
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-2.2 Adjusting grape berry ripening to suit a changing climate: plant growth regulator-based solutions
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSU 1702-1 SmartWine
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
CSU 1702-3 Vine nutrition
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
CSU 1702-5 Managing wine pH in a changing climate
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University

MQ 1401

Accurate and early yield predictions through advanced statistical modelling
 
Research organisation: Macquarie University
UA 1701 Digital tools for canopy management to increase competitiveness
 
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide

Efficient winery production

AWR 1502

Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status: effects on white wine quality
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.4 Managing wine extraction, retention, clarity and stability for defined styles and efficient production
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.5 Influencing wine style and efficiency through management of oxygen during wine production
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.6 Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
CSU 1702-4 The impact of metal speciation on the development, shelf life and sensory properties of wine
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University

Enhanced yeast and bacterial performance

AWRI 1701-3.2.1 Putting microbial diversity to work in shaping wine style
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.2.2 The relationship between grape juice composition and the progress of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.2.3 Management and optimisation of the AWRI Wine Microorganism Culture Collection
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.4.1 Understanding Brettanomyces and its adaptation to control measures
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.4.3 Bioprospecting Australia’s microbial genetic diversity
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.3.1

Evaluating non-conventional yeast for the production of wines that contain less ethanol
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

CSA 1701-1.1 Scion genetics and improvement: development of new disease-resistance varieties
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.2 Scion genetics and improvement: desirable consumer traits
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.4 Rootstock genetics and improvement: tolerance to abiotic stress
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.6 Regional evaluation of new germplasm – pathway to adoption
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.7 Enabling technologies and genetic resources
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Foundation data

CON1901 National vineyard scan
 
Research organisation: Consilium Technology

Grapegrowing for excellence

AWR 1601 Digital solutions for grape quality measures at the weighbridge
 
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute

CSA 1601

New technologies for dynamic canopy and disease management
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1602 New non-destructive technologies for simultaneous yield, crop condition and quality estimation
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
UQ 1601 LiDAR and PACE for Vineyards
 
Research organisation: University of Queensland
USA 1601 Use of Unmanned Air Vehicles for early, real time detection of extreme weather events in vineyards
 
Research organisation: University of South Australia
UT 1601 Taking grapevine yield forecasting into the digital age
 
Research organisation: The University of Tasmania

Market access

AWRI 1701-4.4.2 Development of tools to verify origin and varietal nature of wines
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

Sustainable resource management

AWRI 1701-4.3.1 Characterising genomic diversity in Australia’s grapevine germplasm
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.3.1 Characterising genomic diversity in Australia’s grapevine germplasm
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

CSP 1501

Grapevine germplasm variety identification
 
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Wine provenance and measures of quality

AWR 1501

Defining and exploiting the microbial genetic diversity of regionality and terroir
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1503

Objective measures of Shiraz grape and wine quality in premium Australian vineyards
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1505

Further development of origin verification tools using multi-elemental isotope ratio and trace elements
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.1 Identification and control of volatile compounds responsible for important sensory attributes
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.2 Using glycosides and other flavour precursors for improved wine flavour
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.3 Molecular drivers of wine texture and taste
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.3.1 Objective measures of quality and provenance in Australian vineyards
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.4.2 Formation and fate of sulfur compounds associated with negative attributes in wines
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.4.1 Defining regional variability and uniqueness of premium Australian Shiraz
 
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.4.4 Rotundone and its role in defining terroir in iconic Australian cool climate ‘peppery’ Shiraz
 
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute
CSU 1602 Benchmarking regional and subregional influences on Shiraz fine wines
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
CSU 1702-2 Determining thresholds for bunch rot tolerance in wine and detection of unwanted fungal aromas
 
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
UA 1602 Understanding the drivers of terroir in the Barossa Valley
 
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide

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