Extension & adoption

Regional Program

The Regional Program is a key initiative of Wine Australia that seeks to actively encourage and support innovation, extension and adoption of R&D in the Australian wine sector.

The program aims to help grapegrowers and winemakers adopt new tools and research findings to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

The program allows grapegrowers and winemakers to:

  • identify their region’s highest priority innovation, extension and adoption issues
  • evaluate new concepts and technology in their own region to measure regional benefits of adoption
  • identify aspects of production that will ensure the region is sustainable into the future
  • assist with the uptake of new tools and research findings.

Regional Program Partners

Each Australian wine region can participate in the Regional Program.

The maximum amount of funding available is based on the value of winegrape levies paid in the region, with higher producing regions able to access a greater proportion of the total funding pool. To ensure that meaningful activities can be undertaken, regions with lower levels of production are clustered together. In total, there are 11 regional clusters.

Wine Australia partners with a regional industry organisation in each of the 11 regional clusters to administer the program. These Regional Partners, together with the regions in their cluster, are detailed below.

For all Regional Program factsheets and other resources click here

For more information about this program view the Wine Australia Regional Guidelines.

Greater NSW + ACT

Regional Program Partner

NSW Wine Industry Association

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in NSW and ACT excluding Riverina
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Trunk disease identification, control and management Workshop, videos Various, NSW June 2016
Botrytis control and management in cool climates Trial, factsheet, field walk, report Canberra, ACT; Tumbarumba, NSW June 2016
Improving soil health in vineyards Trial, factsheet, seminar, report Various, NSW & ACT June 2016
The suitability of new rootstocks, clones and varieties Field trial, field day/workshop, factsheet, report Various, NSW & ACT June 2016

Greater Vic

Regional Program Partner

Wine Victoria Inc

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in VIC excluding Murray Darling, Swan Hill
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Cooler climate Chardonnay symposium Seminar, report Melbourne, VIC June 2016
Victorian viticultural technical forums Field day/workshop Yarra Valley & Ararat, VIC June 2016
Trunk disease management demonstration trials Trial, field day/workshop Ararat, Mornington Peninsula & NE Victoria, VIC June 2016
Enhancing the smoke taint outreach program Factsheet, field day/workshop Moonambel, VIC June 2016

Limestone Coast

Regional Program Partner

Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Robe, Mt Gambier
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Eutypa management workshop Field day/workshop, report Coonawarra, SA October 2015
Berry sensory workshop Workshop Coonawarra, SA February 2016
Alternate energy options for vineyards and wineries seminar Workshop Penola, SA June 2016
Alternative practices tutored tastings & workshops Workshop/tastings Coonawarra, SA September 2015
Alternate variety case study for two regions in the Limestone Coast Case study, seminar, report Coonawarra, SA June 2016

Murray Valley

Regional Program Partner

Murray Valley Winegrowers Inc

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

Murray Darling, Swan Hill
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Thermal infrared diagnosis of vine water stress Trial, factsheet, field day/workshop Nangiloc, VIC June 2016
Oxygenation of irrigation water Trial, field day/workshop, report Curlwaa, NSW June 2016
Precision Viticulture Trial, factsheet, report Mildura/Swan Hill, VIC June 2016
Updating vineyard best management practices Workshops, booklet Mildura/Swan Hill, VIC June 2016

Queensland

Regional Program Partner

Queensland Wine Industry Association

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in QLD
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Alternative varieties and management practices for a changing climate Field trial, field day/workshop, factsheet, report Granite Belt, QLD June 2016

Riverina

Regional Program Partner

Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board

Contact

Anne Duncan

Regions included in this cluster

Riverina
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Trunk disease remediation demonstration site Workshop, trial, video Griffith, NSW June 2016
Brassica biofumigation demonstration block Trial, field walk, report Griffith, NSW June 2016
Mid-row management trial Trial, field walk Griffith, NSW June 2016
Precision viticulture – quality zoning and farm input management Trial, field walk, report Griffith, NSW June 2016
Weed control options Workshop Griffith, NSW June 2016

Riverland

Regional Program Partner

Riverland Wine Industry Development Council

Contact

Elise Heyes

Regions included in this cluster

Riverland
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Industry conference Conference Renmark, SA January 2016
New clonal evaluation trial Field day/workshop, trial, wine tasting Monash & Waikerie, SA June 2016
Riverland rootstock trial Trial, report Monash, SA June 2016
Best management practice – hard to kill weeds Trial, report Loxton, SA June 2016
Technical workshops and associated tools Workshop, computer tools Riverland, SA June 2016

SA Central

Regional Program Partner

Langhorne Creek Wine Region

Contact

Elise Heyes

Regions included in this cluster

Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Currency Creek, Kangaroo Island
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Eutypa – best practice and hurdles to best practice Workshop Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, SA August 2015
Innovations in vineyard establishment and management Workshop/Field day Langhorne Creek, SA October 2015
Eutypa and other trunk diseases – Year 1 Pilot study, workshop, seminar, factsheet, videos Langhorne Creek, SA June 2016
Scale in vineyards – stage 2 Trial, report, poster Various – SA Central, SA June 2016
Nematode management in vineyards using alternative methods – Year 1 Trial, workshop/field day, report Langhorne Creek, SA June 2016

SA North

Regional Program Partner

Barossa Grape and Wine Association

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Plains, Southern Flinders Ranges
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Eutypa dieback project Factsheet, field day/workshop, report, video Clare Valley, SA May 2016
Preparing for a changing climate by improving the resilience of Barossa vineyards Trial, factsheet, field day/workshop Barossa, SA June 2016
Best practice pruning workshop focussing on remedial pruning Eutypa-affected vines Factsheet, field day/workshop Barossa, SA June 2016

Tasmania

Regional Program Partner

Wine Tasmania

Contact

Adrian Loschiavo

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in TAS
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Annual field day Factsheet, field day/workshop Northern Tasmania December 2015
Demonstration of effects of late seasonal nitrogen application on vine reserves Field day/workshop, factsheet Coal River Valley, TAS June 2016
Optimisation of nitrogen use to improve fruit set and maximise wine phenolics Field day/workshop, factsheet Northern & southern Tasmania June 2016
Demonstration effects of chlormequat as a potential aid to fruit set in Tasmania Field day/workshop, factsheet Northern & southern Tasmania June 2016

Western Australia

Regional Program Partner

Wines of Western Australia

Contact

Keith Hayes

Regions included in this cluster

All regions in WA
Current Regional Program Activities
Activity Type Location Intended target date
Understanding Cabernet hang time Trial, factsheet, seminar, report Margaret River, Great Southern, WA June 2016
Extreme weather events Trial, factsheet, field day/workshop Swan and Margaret River, WA June 2016
Improving Tempranillo management Trial, factsheet, field day/workshop Swan, Geographe, Margaret River, WA June 2016
Managing Apple Looper Trial, report Great Southern, Margaret River, WA June 2016