Research & development

Current projects

Strategy 3: Building Australian grape and wine excellence

Customer insights

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
WOP 1401 The opportunities for further market share expansion of Australia's regional and premium price segment wines in the US market John Gillespie Wine Opinions Peter Bailey
USA 1302 Postdoctoral Researcher in Wine Consumer Behaviour Dr Justin Cohen University of South Australia Anne Duncan
UA 1206 'Advance Australia Fair?' Determining the country of origin associations for Australian wine in emerging and established markets Dr Roberta Veale University of Adelaide Anne Duncan
NWG 1202 Characterisation of wine avoiders and how to transition avoiders to consumers in the Australian, Canadian, US, UK and Indian markets Professor Anthony Saliba NWGIC Anne Duncan
UA 1204 Effective use of interactive media: A pathway for wine brand growth Dr Steven Goodman University of Adelaide Anne Duncan
UA 1203 Context and wine composition effects on Australian wine consumer mood and liking Dr Sue Bastian University of Adelaide Anne Duncan
USA 1202 China Wine Barometers (CWB): a look into the future Professor Larry Lockshin University of South Australia Anne Duncan
USA 1101 Understanding Asian market demand using international students in Australia Professor Larry Lockshin University of South Australia Anne Duncan

Grapegrowing for excellence

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
CSP 1401 Understanding and manipulating small signalling molecules to affect the yield/flavour (‘quality’) nexus Dr Chris Davies CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
NWG 1301 Optimising grape quality and value to improve vineyard profitability and sustainability Professor Alain Deloire Charles Sturt University Keith Hayes
CSL 1401 The yield: quality nexus. Substantiating similarity in the patterns of variation in grape yield/vine vigour and indices of fruit quality Dr Rob Bramley CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Keith Hayes
CSP 1307 Fast Phenomics: grapevine trait characterisation in the field Dr Rob Walker CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
SAR 1303 Assessing clonal variability in Chardonnay and Shiraz for future climate change Dr Mike McCarthy SARDI Keith Hayes
CSP 1202 Improving industry capacity to manage the yield and wine quality relationship through understanding the influence of vine carbon balance on berry composition Dr Everard Edwards CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
UA 1207 Optimising vine balance in Australian vineyards: developing a toolbox for industry to ensure best practice, sustainability and profitability Dr Cassandra Collins University of Adelaide Keith Hayes

Wine provenance and measures of quality

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
NWG 1401 Metal ion speciation: Understanding its role in wine development and generating a tool to minimise wine spoilage Dr Andrew Clark NWGIC Liz Waters
CSU 1301 Determination of thresholds for bunch rot contamination of grapes and techniques to ameliorate associated fungal taints Professor Christopher Steel NWGIC Liz Waters
UA 1202 Objective measures for powdery mildew Dr Eileen Scott University of Adelaide Elise Heyes
CSP 1201 Grape quality parameters that influence wine flavour and aroma Dr Paul Boss CSIRO Agriculture Liz Waters
AWR 1202 Assessment of relationships between grape chemical composition and grape allocation grade Dr Paul Smith AWRI Liz Waters
UA 1205 Objective measures of Australian sparkling wine style and quality Dr Kerry Wilkinson University of Adelaide Liz Waters
AWRI 3.1.1 Identification and origin of volatile compounds responsible for important wine sensory attributes Dr Leigh Francis AWRI Liz Waters
AWRI 3.1.3 Flavour precursors: contribution to wine aroma, in-mouth sensory properties and flavour release Dr Leigh Francis AWRI Liz Waters
AWRI 3.5.3 Formation and fate of positive and negative sulfur compounds Dr Eric Wilkes AWRI Liz Waters
AWRI 3.1.4 Factors effecting wine texture, taste, clarity, stability and production efficiency Dr Paul Smith AWRI Liz Waters

Strategy 4: Improving resource management and sustainability


Biosecurity, pest and disease management

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
DEP 1301 Risks and management of exotic and endemic Phylloxera Dr Kevin Powell Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Keith Hayes
DEP 1302 Developing and updating diagnostic protocols for key viticulture industry high-priority exotic pest threats Dr Mallik Malipatil Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Elise Heyes
CSE 1301 Rapid molecular DNA identification method for the European invasive grapevine moth Lobesia botrana Dr Wee Tek Tay CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Elise Heyes
SAR 1201 Developing a threat-specific contingency plan for the exotic pest angular leaf scorch Dr Mark Sosnowski SARDI Elise Heyes
PGI 1201 Sampling strategies for sensitive, accurate and cost effective detections of Phylloxera for quantifying area freedom status Mr Alan Nankivell Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia Adrian Loschiavo
SAR 1205 Practical management of grapevine trunk diseases Dr Mark Sosnowski SARDI Keith Hayes
UQ 1201 A generic approach to improving spray coverage Dr Andrew Hewitt University of Queensland Keith Hayes
SAR 1204 Understanding fungicide resistance in powdery and downy mildew Ms Barbara Hall SARDI Keith Hayes

Climate adaptability

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
SAR 1304 Cost-effective viticultural strategies to adapt to a warmer, drier climate Dr Mike McCarthy SARDI Elise Heyes
UA 1304 Translation of ‘Whole-of-Production-Chain’ Wine Science Research to Industry Outcomes (opportunities for lower alcohol) Prof Vladimir Jiranek University of Adelaide Adrian Loschiavo
DPI 1202 Impact of elevated CO₂and its interaction with elevated temperature on production and physiology of Shiraz Dr Ian Goodwin Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Elise Heyes
SAR 1302 Managing the impacts of climate change rainfall decline on vine balance and root activity Dr Mike McCarthy SARDI Elise Heyes

Foundation data

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
ABS 1401 2015 Vineyards Census Collection Peter Bailey

Strategy 5: Improving vineyard performance

Efficient and sustainable vineyard management

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
UA 1303 The development of a low-input undervine floor management system which improves profitability without compromising yield or quality Mr Chris Penfold University of Adelaide Keith Hayes
MQ 1401 Accurate and early yield predictions through advanced statistical modelling Dr Steven Van Sluyter Macquarie University Keith Hayes
DPI 1401 Improved yield prediction for the Australian wine industry Dr Greg Dunn DPI NSW Keith Hayes
SAR 0902 Managing vineyards rootzone salinity and maximising water saving by sub-surface irrigation techniques Dr Mike McCarthy SARDI Keith Hayes

Enhancing grapevine and rootstock performance

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
CSP 1402 Evaluating and demonstrating new disease resistant varieties for warm irrigated regions Dr Mark Thomas CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1302 Genetic and mechanistic characterisation of rootstock traits conferring abiotic stress tolerance to grapevines Dr Mandy Walker CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1304 New Rootstocks for Australian Conditions Dr Peter Clingeleffer CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1306 Genetic transformation of grapevine to test significant abiotic stress and pest resistance genes Dr Mandy Walker CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1301 Identification and marker-assisted selection of genes for reducing the susceptibility of new winegrape cultivars to fungal pathogens Dr Ian Dry CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1303 Towards elite mildew resistant selections suitable for industry use Dr Mark Thomas CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes
CSP 1305 Climate change ready varieties and management technologies that reduce GHGs in the vineyard Dr Mark Thomas CSIRO Agriculture Keith Hayes

Strategy 6: Improving winery performance

Efficient winery production

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
AWRI 3.3.2 Influencing wine style through management of oxygen during winemaking Dr Eric Wilkes AWRI Adrian Loschiavo
UT 1301 Improved red wine process efficiency and product quality through enhanced phenolic extraction by Controlled Phenolic Release (CPR) and Berry Pricking Dr Anna Carew Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Adrian Loschiavo
AWR 1401 Evaluating the viability of process sensor technologies for measurement of sugar levels during fermentation Dr Neil Scrimgour AWRI Adrian Loschiavo
AWR 1307 Removal of lees from underneath wine to reduce wine movements and tank cleaning Dr Simon Nordestgaard AWRI Adrian Loschiavo
TWE 1301 Novel fining agents to heat stabilise wine Dr Vanessa Stockdale Treasury Wine Estates Adrian Loschiavo

Enhanced yeast and bacterial performance

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
AWRI 3.2.5 Safeguarding and realising the potential of the Australian wine microbial germplasm collection Dr Eveline Bartowsky AWRI Keith Hayes
UA 1302 Fit-for-Purpose Yeast and Bacteria via Directed Evolution Professor Vladimir Jiranek University of Adelaide Keith Hayes
AWR 1301 Enhanced winemaking outcomes and wine style diversification through provision of fit-for-purpose yeast starter cultures Dr Markus Herderich AWRI Keith Hayes
AWR 1302 Defining the nutritional drivers of yeast performance and matching yeast to must Dr Markus Herderich AWRI Keith Hayes
AWR 1303 Efficient and reliable malolactic fermentation to achieve specification wine style Dr Markus Herderich AWRI Keith Hayes
UA 1301 Developing a fundamental understanding of the microbiological treatment of winery wastewater Dr Paul Grbin University of Adelaide Keith Hayes
AWR 1304 Ensuring the continued efficacy of Brettanomyces control strategies for avoidance of spoilage Dr Markus Herderich AWRI Keith Hayes

Strategy 7: Enhancing market access

Market access

Project No Project Title Project Supervisor Agency R&D Program Manager
AWRI 2.2.4 Increasing Australia's influence in market access, safety, regulatory and technical trade issues Mr Con Simos AWRI Steve Guy
AWRI 2.2.1 Collecting and disseminating information regarding agrochemicals registered for use and maximum residue limits in Australian viticulture Mr Con Simos AWRI Steve Guy