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
Research organisation: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
PGI 1201 Sampling strategies for sensitive, accurate and cost effective detections of Phylloxera for quantifying area freedom status
 
Chief investigator: Inca Pearce
Research organisation: Vinehealth Australia
SAR 1201 Developing a threat-specific contingency plan for the exotic pest angular leaf scorch
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Sosnowski
Research organisation: SARDI

SAR 1601

Grapevine trunk disease management for vineyard longevity in diverse climates in Australia
 
Chief investigator: Dr. Mark Sosnowski
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute

UQ 1201

A generic approach to improving spray coverage
 
Chief investigator: Dr Andrew Hewitt
Research organisation: University of Queensland

Climate adaptability

AWR 1603 Mitigation of Climate Change Impacts (Smoke Taint) on the National Wine Industry
 
Chief investigator: Markus Herderich
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute

CSP 1504

Evaluation of new technology and new scion-rootstock combinations for improved water use efficiency and reduced costs
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

DPI 1202

Impact of elevated CO₂ and its interaction with elevated temperature on production and physiology of Shiraz
 
Chief investigator: Dr Ian Goodwin
Research organisation: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

SAR 1302

Managing the impacts of climate change rainfall decline on vine balance and root activity
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy
Research organisation: SARDI

UA 1304

Translation of ‘Whole-of-Production-Chain’ Wine Science Research to Industry Outcomes (opportunities for lower alcohol)
 
Chief investigator: Professor Vladimir Jiranek
Research organisation: University of Adelaide

UA 1502

Using in-canopy misters to mitigate the negative effects of heatwaves on grapevines
 
Chief investigator: Dr Vinay Pagay
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide

UT 1504

Australia’s wine future: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change
 
Chief investigator: Rebecca Harris
Research organisation: The University of Tasmania

Customer insights

UA 1203

Context and wine composition effects on Australian wine consumer mood and liking
 
Chief investigator: Dr Sue Bastian
Research organisation: University of Adelaide

UA 1206

‘Advance Australia Fair?’ Determining the country of origin associations for Australian wine in emerging and established markets
 
Chief investigator: Dr Roberta Crouch
Research organisation: University of Adelaide
UA 1601 The Ties that Bind: Building Strong Importer and Retailer Relationships to Drive Premium Wine Export Sales
 
Chief investigator: Dr Roberta Crouch
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide

USA 1501

Driving the strategic growth of Australian wines in the US export market
 
Chief investigator: Professor Larry Lockshin
Research organisation: University of South Australia
USA 1602 Creating opportunity for Australian ‘fine’ wine in China
 
Chief investigator: Dr Justin Cohen
Research organisation: University of South Australia
WOP 1401 The opportunities for further market share expansion of Australia’s regional and premium price segment wines in the US market
 
Chief investigator: John Gillespie
Research organisation: Wine Opinions

Efficient and sustainable vineyard management

DPI 1401 Improved yield prediction for the Australian wine industry
 
Chief investigator: Dr Greg Dunn
Research organisation: National Wine and Grape Industry Centre

MQ 1401

Accurate and early yield predictions through advanced statistical modelling
 
Chief investigator: Dr Steven Van Sluyter
Research organisation: Macquarie University

UA 1303

The development of a low-input undervine floor management system which improves profitability without compromising yield or quality
 
Chief investigator: Mr Chris Penfold
Research organisation: University of Adelaide

Efficient winery production

2XE 1501 Activity based costing tool & benchmarking database development & extension project
 
Chief investigator: James McIntyre
Research organisation: 2XE

AWR 1502

Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status: effects on white wine quality
 
Chief investigator: Dr Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.3.2

Influencing wine style through management of oxygen during winemaking
 
Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

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
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1302

Defining the nutritional drivers of yeast performance and matching yeast to must
 
Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1303

Efficient and reliable malolactic fermentation to achieve specification wine style
 
Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1304

Ensuring the continued efficacy of Brettanomyces control strategies for avoidance of spoilage
 
Chief investigator: Dr Markus Herderich
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.2.5

Safeguarding and realising the potential of the Australian wine microbial germplasm collection
 
Chief investigator: Angus Forgan
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.3.1

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

UA 1302

Fit-for-purpose yeast and bacteria via directed evolution
 
Chief investigator: Professor Vladimir Jiranek
Research organisation: University of Adelaide

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

CSP 1301

Identification and marker-assisted selection of genes for reducing the susceptibility of new winegrape cultivars to fungal pathogens
 
Chief investigator: Dr Ian Dry
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSP 1302 Genetic and mechanistic characterisation of rootstock traits conferring abiotic stress tolerance to grapevines
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mandy Walker and Dr Everard Edwards
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

CSP 1303

Towards elite mildew resistant selections suitable for industry use
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

CSP 1304

New rootstocks for Australian conditions
 
Chief investigator: Peter Clingeleffer
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSP 1305 Climate change ready varieties and management technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the vineyard
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

CSP 1306

Genetic transformation of grapevine to test significant abiotic stress and pest resistance genes
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mandy Walker
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

CSP 1402

Evaluating and demonstrating new disease resistant varieties for warm irrigated regions
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Grapegrowing for excellence

AWR 1601 Digital solutions for grape quality measures at the weighbridge
 
Chief investigator: Dr Paul Petrie
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute
AWR 1602 Rotundone and its role in defining terroir in iconic Australian cool climate ‘peppery’ Shiraz
 
Chief investigator: Markus Herderich
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute

CSA 1601

New technologies for dynamic canopy and disease management
 
Chief investigator: Dr Everard Edwards
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1602 New non-destructive technologies for simultaneous yield, crop condition and quality estimation
 
Chief investigator: Dr. Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1603 Simple tools for spatial analysis - key enabling technologies for Precision and Digital Viticulture
 
Chief investigator: Rob Bramley
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture

CSL 1401

The yield: quality nexus. Substantiating similarity in the patterns of variation in grape yield/vine vigour and indices of fruit quality
 
Chief investigator: Dr Rob Bramley
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSP 1307 Fast Phenomics: grapevine trait characterisation in the field
 
Chief investigator: Dr Rob Walker
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSP 1401 Understanding and manipulating small signalling molecules to affect the yield/flavour (‘quality’) nexus
 
Chief investigator: Dr Chris Davies
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food

CSU 1501

Developing a phone-based imaging tool to inform on fruit volume and potential optimal harvest time
 
Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Schmidtke
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
SAR 1303 Assessing clonal variability in Chardonnay and Shiraz for future climate change
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy
Research organisation: SARDI

SAR 1501

Smart-Phone Based Image Analysis to Assess Vine Water Stress
 
Chief investigator: Mark Skewes
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute
UA 1207 Optimising vine balance in Australian vineyards: developing a toolbox for industry to ensure best practice, sustainability and profitability
 
Chief investigator: Dr Cassandra Collins
Research organisation: University of Adelaide
UQ 1601 LiDAR and PACE for Vineyards
 
Chief investigator: Dr Andrew Hewitt
Research organisation: University of Queensland
USA 1601 Use of Unmanned Air Vehicles for early, real time detection of extreme weather events in vineyards
 
Chief investigator: Prof Anthony Finn
Research organisation: University of South Australia
UT 1601 Taking grapevine yield forecasting into the digital age
 
Chief investigator: Dr Joanna Jones
Research organisation: The University of Tasmania

Market access

AWRI 2.2.1

Collecting and disseminating information regarding agrochemicals registered for use and maximum residue limits in Australian viticulture
 
Chief investigator: Mr Con Simos
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 2.2.4

Increasing Australia’s influence in market access, safety, regulatory and technical trade issues
 
Chief investigator: Mr Con Simos
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

Sustainable resource management

CSP 1501

Grapevine germplasm variety identification
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
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
 
Chief investigator: Dr Anthony Borneman
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1503

Objective measures of Shiraz grape and wine quality in premium Australian vineyards
 
Chief investigator: Dr Keren Bindon
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWR 1505

Further development of origin verification tools using multi-elemental isotope ratio and trace elements
 
Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 3.1.1 Identification and origin of volatile compounds responsible for important wine sensory attributes
 
Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Francis
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 3.1.3 Flavour precursors: contribution to wine aroma, in-mouth sensory properties and flavour release
 
Chief investigator: Dr Leigh Francis
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.1.4

Factors effecting wine texture, taste, clarity, stability and production efficiency
 
Chief investigator: Dr Paul Smith
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 3.5.3 Formation and fate of positive and negative sulfur compounds
 
Chief investigator: Dr Eric Wilkes
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
CSP 1201 Grape quality parameters that influence wine flavour and aroma
 
Chief investigator: Dr Paul Boss
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSU 1301 Determination of thresholds for bunch rot contamination of grapes and techniques to ameliorate associated fungal taints
 
Chief investigator: Professor Christopher Steel
Research organisation: National Wine and Grape Industry Centre
CSU 1602 Benchmarking regional and subregional influences on Shiraz fine wines
 
Chief investigator: Dr John Blackman
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
NWG 1401 Metal ion speciation: Understanding its role in wine development and generating a tool to minimise wine spoilage
 
Chief investigator: Dr Andrew Clark
Research organisation: National Wine and Grape Industry Centre
UA 1503 Epi-breeding - Using the epigenetic memory of stress to prime Australian grapevines for a changing environment
 
Chief investigator: Dr Carlos Rodriguez Lopez
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide
UA 1602 Understanding the drivers of terroir in the Barossa Valley
 
Chief investigator: Cassandra Collins
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide
UT 1503 Pinot Noir provenance and traceability: Australian benchmarking to support perception of quality, marketing and add value to the supply chain
 
Chief investigator: Dr Fiona Kerslake
Research organisation: The University of Tasmania