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.

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

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

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