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 winery production

2XE 1501 Activity based costing tool & benchmarking database development & extension project
 
Chief investigator: James McIntyre
Research organisation: 2XE

AWR 1502

Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status: effects on white wine quality
 
Chief investigator: Dr Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.4 Managing wine extraction, retention, clarity and stability for defined styles and efficient production
 
Chief investigator: Keren Bindon
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.5 Influencing wine style and efficiency through management of oxygen during wine production
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.1.6 Winemaking interventions to modulate glutathione status
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
CSU 1702-4 The impact of metal speciation on the development, shelf life and sensory properties of wine
 
Chief investigator: Andrew Clark
Research organisation: Charles Sturt University

Enhanced yeast and bacterial performance

AWRI 1701-3.2.1 Putting microbial diversity to work in shaping wine style
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.2.2 The relationship between grape juice composition and the progress of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation
 
Chief investigator: Simon Schmidt
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.2.3 Management and optimisation of the AWRI Wine Microorganism Culture Collection
 
Chief investigator: Angus Forgan
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-3.4.1 Understanding Brettanomyces and its adaptation to control measures
 
Chief investigator: Anthony Borneman
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute
AWRI 1701-4.4.3 Bioprospecting Australia’s microbial genetic diversity
 
Chief investigator: Cristian Varela
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute

AWRI 3.3.1

Evaluating non-conventional yeast for the production of wines that contain less ethanol
 
Chief investigator: Dr Cristian Varela
Research organisation: Australian Wine Research Institute