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.

Efficient and sustainable vineyard management

CSA 1701-2.1 Physiology of root to shoot interactions
 
Chief investigator: Everard Edwards
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-2.2 Adjusting grape berry ripening to suit a changing climate: plant growth regulator-based solutions
 
Chief investigator: Christopher Davies
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSU 1702-1 SmartWine
 
Chief investigator: Li-Minn Ang
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
CSU 1702-3 Vine nutrition
 
Chief investigator: Suzy Rogiers
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University
CSU 1702-5 Managing wine pH in a changing climate
 
Chief investigator: Suzy Rogiers
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University

MQ 1401

Accurate and early yield predictions through advanced statistical modelling
 
Chief investigator: Dr Steven Van Sluyter
Research organisation: Macquarie University
UA 1701 Digital tools for canopy management to increase competitiveness
 
Chief investigator: Roberta De Bei
Research organisation: The University of Adelaide

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

CSA 1701-1.1 Scion genetics and improvement: development of new disease-resistance varieties
 
Chief investigator: Ian Dry
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.2 Scion genetics and improvement: desirable consumer traits
 
Chief investigator: Paul Boss
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.3 Rootstock genetics and improvement: new improved rootstocks with durable resistance to root-knot nematodes and phylloxera
 
Chief investigator: Harley Smith
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.4 Rootstock genetics and improvement: tolerance to abiotic stress
 
Chief investigator: Mandy Walker
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.5 Field trials : new scion-rootstock combinations and evaluation of new technology for improved water use efficiency and reduced costs
 
Chief investigator: Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.6 Regional evaluation of new germplasm – pathway to adoption
 
Chief investigator: Mark Thomas
Research organisation: CSIRO Agriculture and Food
CSA 1701-1.7 Enabling technologies and genetic resources
 
Chief investigator: Mandy Walker
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