- A curated database of wine compositional data primarily consisting of analytical data generated by the AWRI’s fee-for-service analytical laboratories (on going)
- A report summarising vintage compositional information, likely to focus upon specific parameters of interest from year to year (annually).
- A report summarising and interpreting the compositional and production practices information gathered, tailored for industry and academic journals (five-yearly, commencing in 2017).
- Further general and targeted presentations delivered via existing extension mechanisms (ongoing but concentrated around the release of the five-yearly report).
This project will track trends in Australian wine composition and vineyard and winery practices. Compositional trends will principally be monitored by collating analytical data from wines submitted to the AWRI’s analytical laboratories for commercial analysis; thereby extracting substantial value from an existing sample set consisting of more than 25,000 samples analysed annually. If necessary, that existing data set will be augmented with supplementary samples and analyses to address identified gaps.
Trends in production practices will principally be monitored via a web-based survey of vineyard and winery practices performed at approximately five-yearly intervals, supplemented by visits to a range of producers and industry bodies, to consult and gain additional perspectives on the compiled data.
The compositional and practices information, together with interpretative commentary, will be collated in a report to be distributed to levy payers on an approximately five-yearly cycle, via a range of extension mechanisms such as industry and academic journals, AWRI roadshows, and presentations in various other industry forums. This will be complemented by annual reports featuring only compositional data and likely to focus upon specific parameters of interest from year to year, primarily to be published in industry journals. This compositional information will further inform and feature in the AWRI’s extension activities and provide additional context to information generated by other sources, such as vintage trends identified by the AWRI helpdesk.
The knowledge generated will allow grape and wine producers to compare their wines and practices with regional and national trends, and to better understand the impact of vintage conditions on the composition and style of their wines.
Researchers will also benefit through being increasingly able to target their work to best assist grape and wine producers, as well as being able to better understand the outcomes of their work.