Request for Proposal: Variety area modelling

The Wine Australia Strategic Plan 2020–2025 identifies goals related to increasing demand and the premium paid for all Australian wine as priority adoption topics for the Australian wine sector.

Vineyard area data is a critical foundation dataset for the Australian wine sector.

A knowledge of the area of vineyards in Australia and the associated grapevine variety is essential to support accurate modelling of wine supply and demand at a national and regional level, and enable the provision of accurate information to the sector about wine varieties grown and their distribution, as well as yields (tonnes per hectare) and how they change year-on-year.

Currently Wine Australia relies on the annual National Vintage survey to estimate production (in tonnes) by variety but does not have a current dataset on planted area by variety and region. Total plantings by region have previously been obtained through the National Vineyard Scan, but this project did not identify plantings by variety.

Wine Australia is seeking a solution that will enable current area planted by variety and Geographical Indication to be estimated using existing datasets, and therefore allow Wine Australia to: 

  • More accurately report winegrape supply, and model supply-demand balance
  • Make the data publicly available stakeholders to generate their own insights from our data
  • Improve data integrity and accuracy

Note: we are not seeking a remote-sensing solution that produces another vineyard scan as part of this project.

Information on the background, project scope and proposal submission is contained in the Request for Proposal document here

Queries and submissions should be made to Sandy Hathaway as per the Request For Proposal. Submissions will be accepted up to the end of November 2021. 


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