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.
Australian Wine Flavours Card
The Australian Wine Flavours Card is a tool that helps wine businesses identify descriptors for Australian wine that are easily understood by Chinese customers.

Biosecurity, pest and disease management

DEP 1301 Risks and management of exotic and endemic Phylloxera
  Chief investigator: Dr Kevin Powell R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
SAR 1201 Developing a threat-specific contingency plan for the exotic pest angular leaf scorch
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Sosnowski R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

SAR 1204

Understanding fungicide resistance in powdery and downy mildew
  Chief investigator: Ms Barbara Hall R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

SAR 1205

Practical management of grapevine trunk diseases
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Sosnowski R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

SAR 1601

Grapevine trunk disease management for vineyard longevity in diverse climates in Australia
  Chief investigator: Dr. Mark Sosnowski R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

UQ 1201

A generic approach to improving spray coverage
  Chief investigator: Dr Andrew Hewitt R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Climate adaptability

CSP 1504

Evaluation of new technology and new scion-rootstock combinations for improved water use efficiency and reduced costs
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

DPI 1202

Impact of elevated CO₂ and its interaction with elevated temperature on production and physiology of Shiraz
  Chief investigator: Dr Ian Goodwin R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

SAR 1302

Managing the impacts of climate change rainfall decline on vine balance and root activity
  Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

SAR 1304

Cost-effective viticultural strategies to adapt to a warmer, drier climate
  Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

UA 1304

Translation of ‘Whole-of-Production-Chain’ Wine Science Research to Industry Outcomes (opportunities for lower alcohol)
  Chief investigator: Professor Vladimir Jiranek R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

UA 1502

Using in-canopy misters to mitigate the negative effects of heatwaves on grapevines
  Chief investigator: Dr Vinay Pagay R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

UT 1504

Australia’s wine future: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change
  Chief investigator: Rebecca Harris R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

Customer insights

UA 1203

Context and wine composition effects on Australian wine consumer mood and liking
  Chief investigator: Dr Sue Bastian R&D Program Manager: Anne Duncan

UA 1501

Harnessing Chinese social media and accelerating Australian wine exports
  Chief investigator: Dr Sally Rao Hill R&D Program Manager: Anne Duncan

USA 1501

Driving the strategic growth of Australian wines in the US export market
  Chief investigator: Professor Larry Lockshin R&D Program Manager: Anne Duncan

Efficient and sustainable vineyard management

DPI 1401 Improved yield prediction for the Australian wine industry
  Chief investigator: Dr Greg Dunn R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

MQ 1401

Accurate and early yield predictions through advanced statistical modelling
  Chief investigator: Dr Steven Van Sluyter R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
SAR 0902 Managing vineyards rootzone salinity and maximising water saving by sub-surface irrigation techniques
  Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Efficient winery production

2XE 1501 Activity based costing tool & benchmarking database development & extension project
  Chief investigator: James McIntyre R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWR 1307

Removal of lees from underneath wine to reduce wine movements and tank cleaning
  Chief investigator: Dr Simon Nordestgaard R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWR 1502

Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status: effects on white wine quality
  Chief investigator: Dr Simon Schmidt R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWRI 3.3.2

Influencing wine style through management of oxygen during winemaking
  Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
TWE 1301 Novel fining agents to heat stabilise wine
  Chief investigator: Dr Vanessa Stockdale R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Enhanced yeast and bacterial performance

AWR 1301

Enhanced winemaking outcomes and wine style diversification through provision of fit-for-purpose yeast starter cultures
  Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWR 1302

Defining the nutritional drivers of yeast performance and matching yeast to must
  Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWR 1303

Efficient and reliable malolactic fermentation to achieve specification wine style
  Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWR 1304

Ensuring the continued efficacy of Brettanomyces control strategies for avoidance of spoilage
  Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWRI 3.2.5

Safeguarding and realising the potential of the Australian wine microbial germplasm collection
  Chief investigator: Angus Forgan R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

AWRI 3.3.1

Evaluating non-conventional yeast for the production of wines that contain less ethanol
  Chief investigator: Dr Cristian Varela R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

UA 1301

Developing a fundamental understanding of the microbiological treatment of winery wastewater
  Chief investigator: Dr Paul Grbin R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

UA 1302

Fit-for-purpose yeast and bacteria via directed evolution
  Chief investigator: Professor Vladimir Jiranek R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

CSP 1302 Genetic and mechanistic characterisation of rootstock traits conferring abiotic stress tolerance to grapevines
  Chief investigator: Dr Mandy Walker and Dr Everard Edwards R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSP 1303

Towards elite mildew resistant selections suitable for industry use
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSP 1304

New rootstocks for Australian conditions
  Chief investigator: Peter Clingeleffer R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
CSP 1305 Climate change ready varieties and management technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the vineyard
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSP 1306

Genetic transformation of grapevine to test significant abiotic stress and pest resistance genes
  Chief investigator: Dr Mandy Walker R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSP 1402

Evaluating and demonstrating new disease resistant varieties for warm irrigated regions
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Grapegrowing for excellence

CSA 1601

New technologies for dynamic canopy and disease management
  Chief investigator: Dr Everard Edwards R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
CSA 1602 New non-destructive technologies for simultaneous yield, crop condition and quality estimation
  Chief investigator: Dr. Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSA 1603

Simple tools for spatial analysis - key enabling technologies for Precision and Digital Viticulture
  Chief investigator: Rob Bramley R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
CSP 1307 Fast Phenomics: grapevine trait characterisation in the field
  Chief investigator: Dr Rob Walker R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
CSP 1401 Understanding and manipulating small signalling molecules to affect the yield/flavour (‘quality’) nexus
  Chief investigator: Dr Chris Davies R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

CSU 1501

Developing a phone-based imaging tool to inform on fruit volume and potential optimal harvest time
  Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Schmidtke R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
NWG 1301 Optimising grape quality and value to improve vineyard profitability and sustainability
  Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Schmidtke R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes
SAR 1303 Assessing clonal variability in Chardonnay and Shiraz for future climate change
  Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

SAR 1501

Smart-Phone Based Image Analysis to Assess Vine Water Stress
  Chief investigator: Mark Skewes R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Market access

AWRI 2.2.4

Increasing Australia’s influence in market access, safety, regulatory and technical trade issues
  Chief investigator: Mr Con Simos R&D Program Manager: Steve Guy

Sustainable resource management

CSP 1501

Grapevine germplasm variety identification
  Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas R&D Program Manager: Keith Hayes

Wine provenance and measures of quality

AWR 1202 Assessment of relationships between grape chemical composition and grape allocation grade
  Chief investigator: Dr Paul Smith R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters

AWR 1501

Defining and exploiting the microbial genetic diversity of regionality and terroir
  Chief investigator: Dr Anthony Borneman R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters

AWR 1503

Objective measures of Shiraz grape and wine quality in premium Australian vineyards
  Chief investigator: Dr Keren Bindon R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters

AWR 1505

Further development of origin verification tools using multi-elemental isotope ratio and trace elements
  Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
AWRI 3.1.1 Identification and origin of volatile compounds responsible for important wine sensory attributes
  Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Francis R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
AWRI 3.1.3 Flavour precursors: contribution to wine aroma, in-mouth sensory properties and flavour release
  Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Francis R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters

AWRI 3.1.4

Factors effecting wine texture, taste, clarity, stability and production efficiency
  Chief investigator: Dr Paul Smith R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
AWRI 3.5.3 Formation and fate of positive and negative sulfur compounds
  Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
CSP 1201 Grape quality parameters that influence wine flavour and aroma
  Chief investigator: Dr Paul Boss R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
CSU 1301 Determination of thresholds for bunch rot contamination of grapes and techniques to ameliorate associated fungal taints
  Chief investigator: Professor Christopher Steel R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters
NWG 1401 Metal ion speciation: Understanding its role in wine development and generating a tool to minimise wine spoilage
  Chief investigator: Dr Andrew Clark R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters

UA 1202

Objective measures for powdery mildew
  Chief investigator: Dr Eileen Scott R&D Program Manager: Dr Sharon Harvey

UA 1205

Objective measures of Australian sparkling wine style and quality
  Chief investigator: Dr Kerry Wilkinson R&D Program Manager: Dr Liz Waters