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

AGW 1710 Improving plant pest management through cross industry deployment of smart sensors, diagnostics and forecasting
 
Chief investigator: Jessica Holliday, Hort Innovation
Research organisation: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
DED 1701 Integrated management of established grapevine phylloxera
 
Chief investigator: Paul Cunningham
Research organisation: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
SAR 1701-1.1 Grapevine trunk disease management for vineyard longevity in diverse climates of Australia
 
Chief investigator: Mark Sosnowski
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute
SAR 1701-1.2 Managing fungicide resistance in Australia viticulture
 
Chief investigator: Barbara Hall
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute

Climate adaptability

AGW 1706 Forearmed is forewarned (FAFW): equipping farmers and agricultural value chains to proactively manage the impacts of extreme climate events
 
Chief investigator: Doug McNicholl
Research organisation: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
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
AWRI 1701-4.1.1 Managing the impact of vintage advancement and compression
 
Chief investigator: Paul Petrie
Research organisation: 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

SAR 1302

Managing the impacts of climate change rainfall decline on vine balance and root activity
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mike McCarthy
Research organisation: SARDI
SAR 1701-2.1 Climate adaptation: developing irrigation strategies to combat dry winters
 
Chief investigator: Paul Petrie
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute
SAR 1701-2.3 Cabernet Sauvignon trials to evaluate response to climate and management
 
Chief investigator: Paul Petrie
Research organisation: South Australian Research and Development Institute

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

Sustainable resource management

AWRI 1701-4.3.1 Characterising genomic diversity in Australia’s grapevine germplasm
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.3.1 Characterising genomic diversity in Australia’s grapevine germplasm
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

CSP 1501

Grapevine germplasm variety identification
 
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food