Wine Australia RD&E News July 2016
View this email in your browser

July 2016

Another big step on the road to a national germplasm collection

Dr Mark Thomas’s first job as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the CSIRO was to develop an objective way to identify grapevines using DNA markers known as microsatellites or SSRs. It quickly became the accepted method globally.

Twenty-five years on, he has developed an even better system and is about to use it to take perhaps the biggest step yet towards equipping Australia to create a national winegrape germplasm collection.

Read more

In this edition

Wine Australia welcomes Rural R&D for Profit investment

Wine Australia has welcomed funding for projects on digital viticulture and on reducing the impact of controlled burns and wildfires under round two of the Rural R&D for Profit program.

Read more

VinSites to provide insights from vine to glass

Wine Australia recently commenced a pilot for VinSites – a new web-based tool that will allow growers to record their vineyard information and production data. Growers are encouraged to register their interest to be part of this breakthrough technology at

Read more

Bursary assists travel to Bordeaux for ‘non-conventional’ reasons

Hundreds of different yeast strains are used in wine fermentation but we’ve really only scratched the surface in terms of understanding the possible options. Interest is growing because of the potential for new yeasts both to differentiate product on the wine market and to result in different wine attributes.

Wine Australia awarded a travel bursary to University of Adelaide researcher and PhD student Ana Hranilović to help her learn more about the species Lachancea thermotolerans.

Read more 

Top tips for filtration

Filtration is one of the many tools winemakers have in their tool box, should they choose to use it. However, there are many types and applications for filtration that can be used at various stages of production, so there are a few questions to ask first about when, where, what, how and why. 

Read more

If you could add glutathione, would you?

A research project getting under way on Adelaide’s Waite Campus is designed to find out more about glutathione, for better or worse. 

It could reveal the potential value of using this naturally-occurring product more widely in winemaking or highlight potential reasons for caution – or it might land somewhere in the middle.

Read more

Apply to join Australia’s sharpest and most innovative leaders in agriculture

Leaders and decision makers from the Australian grape and wine community are encouraged to apply to attend GrowAg, a three-day national forum for 100 of agriculture’s top future innovation leaders from across Australia. 

Presented by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Rural Research and Development Corporations, GrowAg will be a meeting-place for the new generation of Australian agriculture decision makers to network and discuss new technologies, ideas, smart business, leadership and innovation. 

Read more

Applications open

Wine Australia travel and visiting scholar bursaries close 7 October

Applications for Wine Australia’s travel and visiting scholar bursaries will close on Friday 7 October 2016.

Each year, Wine Australia invests in travel and visiting scholar bursaries with applications open to the Australian grape and wine community twice a year. Applications are currently open for travel set to commence between 1 January and 30 June 2017.

Travel bursaries are on offer to the Australian grape and wine sector to fund travel, study tours or conferences they wish to attend to develop their knowledge and skills, and network with the international research community.

Funding is also available to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia or research projects, and share their knowledge with the grape and wine community.

Click here for more information.

Australian eChallenge Agri-Food & Wine - win $10,000

Applications are open for the inaugural Australian eChallenge AgriFood & Wine program and there’s $10,000 to be won. 

Supported by the University of Adelaide and PIRSA, the Australian eChallenge AgriFood & Wine program cultivates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking by encouraging participants to turn their ideas into reality through workshops and tailored mentoring sessions from industry professionals.  

Tangible outcomes of the program may include the development of new ventures, products, services and / or processes that create innovative ways to engage with existing, emerging and new markets.

The Australian eChallenge AgriFood & Wine is free and is open to everyone, including secondary or tertiary students and members of the grape and wine community. All that is required is a previously unfunded business idea and a desire to see it become real.  Your innovative idea could be a new app or software, a new product or service, or a new process.

Various prizes are on offer with the winning team awarded $10,000 cash.

Register your team now at or call Zrinka Tokic at the University of Adelaide on 08 8313 7131 for more information.

Upcoming event

16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition (AWITC) 

The AWITC will be held in Adelaide in July 2016 and features a program that includes esteemed local and international speakers, workshops, an expansive trade exhibition and networking events.

The AWITC is offering a discounted rate of $295 for full-time students to attend the conference.

Dates: 24–28 July 2016
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide SA
Cost: From $985 (Discount rate for current ASVO members, WFA members and Australian Grape Research and Wine Grapes Levy Payers)

For more information or to register, click here.
Copyright © 2016 Wine Australia, All rights reserved.

We value your privacy. Click here to view our Privacy Policy.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences