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.

Customer insights

FU 1701 The Ties that Bind: Building Strong Importer and Retailer Relationships to Drive Premium Wine Export Sales
 
Chief investigator: Roberta Crouch
Research organisation: Flinders University
USA 1501 Driving the strategic growth of Australian wines in the US export market
 
Chief investigator: Larry Lockshin
Research organisation: University of South Australia
USA 1602 Creating opportunity for Australian ‘fine’ wine in China
 
Chief investigator: 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

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

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
CSP 1307 Fast Phenomics: grapevine trait characterisation in the field
 
Chief investigator: Dr Rob Walker
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
SAR 1303 Assessing clonal variability in Chardonnay and Shiraz for future climate change
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy
Research organisation: SARDI
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

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 1701-3.1.1 Identification and control of volatile compounds responsible for important sensory attributes
 
Chief investigator: Leigh Francis
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.2 Using glycosides and other flavour precursors for improved wine flavour
 
Chief investigator: Leigh Francis
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.3 Molecular drivers of wine texture and taste
 
Chief investigator: Jacqui McRae
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.3.1 Objective measures of quality and provenance in Australian vineyards
 
Chief investigator: Keren Bindon
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.4.2 Formation and fate of sulfur compounds associated with negative attributes in wines
 
Chief investigator: Marlize Bekker
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.4.1 Defining regional variability and uniqueness of premium Australian Shiraz
 
Chief investigator: Leigh Francis
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
 
Chief investigator: Markus Herderich
Research organisation: The Australian Wine Research Institute
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
CSU 1702-2 Determining thresholds for bunch rot tolerance in wine and detection of unwanted fungal aromas
 
Chief investigator: Chris Steel
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
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