Wine Australia RD&E News July 2015
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July 2015

Working towards a prosperous Australian grape and wine community

Increasing the demand and premium paid for Australian wine and increasing its competitiveness in the global market are the two priorities that underpin our five-year Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released on 1 July.

In addition to outlining the strategies we will undertake to achieve our priorities, we announced that from 1 July, in response to feedback from the wider grape and wine community, the majority of our activities will be conducted under the name Wine Australia, our long-established brand used for our market development activities.

Our research, development and extension website can now be found at and you can follow us on social media through Wine Australia’s TwitterLinkedIn, Vimeo and Instagram accounts.

Click here to read our media release about the release of our Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

Click here to access our Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Strategic Plan 2015-2020: At a glance, Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Feedback summary, and our Annual Operational Plan 2015-2016.

In this edition

Targeted call – coming soon

This year we are inviting collaborative, multidisciplinary proposals in five high priority research areas over two targeted calls.

Call #1
Digital viticulture
Customer insights
Call #2
Climate adaptation
Quality and provenance
More information will be available on our website on 20 July 2015.

Research identifies growing fungicide resistance 

Fungicide resistance across Australian vineyards is on the rise, with new Wine Australia-funded research identifying higher–than–expected populations of powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot with resistance.

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Brett under control – but for how long?

Australian winemakers could be facing an all new fight in their battle against the spoilage yeast Brettanomyces bruxellensis, with concerns that sulfite tolerant strains are on the rise.

However, new Wine Australia-funded research from The AWRI and the University of Adelaide could help the Australian wine sector stay a step ahead.

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Investigating pine factor in wine flavour

The potential influence of pine and cypress windbreaks on wine flavour is under investigation.

The pine and cypress study is part of a much broader four-year Wine Australia-funded research project, being undertaken at The AWRI, titled Identification and origin of volatile compounds responsible for important wine sensory attributes

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Limestone Coast soil stewards get ‘down and dirty’ 

Limestone Coast grapegrowers and winemakers have been getting down and dirty this year as part of the 2014-15 Regional Program funded by Wine Australia, which saw the Soil Stewardship Program come to a close with a unique workshop titled ‘Down and dirty’ held in the Naracoorte Caves.

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Australian viticulture science on global stage

Australia’s increasingly important viticulture research in irrigation efficiency, climate change and sustainability earned global attention last month, when it formed part of the agenda at the 19th International Symposium GiESCO in France.

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Final reports now available online

USA 1204:  The cellar door as catalyst for wine consumption changes and multiplier of sales in the Australian wine market 

A cellar door is an expensive proposition and while millions of dollars have been invested in cellar door infrastructure, the impact of cellar door visitation has not been measured. This study provides strong evidence that the real value of a winery’s investment in a cellar door is not only determined by how much wine it sells to wine tourist visitors; the cellar door is also a powerful catalyst that leads to change(s) in the way that a visitor consumes wine after the visit. Importantly, it can convert people who had never bought or experienced the winery’s wines into buyers and/or consumers of the brand after the cellar door visit. It also has an effect on awareness and consumption of wines from the region.


Australian Rural Leadership Program – Course 23 applications now open

Wine Australia is sponsoring a scholarship in the Australian Rural Leadership Program Course 23, which will take place across 50 days from August 2016 to October 2017.

The Australian Rural Leadership Program is a scholarship-based leadership development program that aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, businesses, communities and rural Australia in general.  

The current Wine Australia-sponsored recipient Tracey Morris recently spoke to The Area News about her experience. Click here to read the article.

Applications for Course 23, commencing next year, are open until 31 August 2015. For more information, or to apply, click here.

Upcoming events

WineTech 2015

If you’re coming along to WineTech, visit us in the Industry Hub and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. We’ll be sharing a booth and meeting rooms with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Wine Grape Growers Australia and Wine Communicators of Australia.

Hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) in Adelaide from 14-16 July 2015, WineTech will feature a tradeshow exhibiting a range of products and services for the wine sector, and a program of events including free and ticketed presentations, panel discussions, and social networking events.

The see the full program or to purchase tickets, click here

2015 SA Winegrape Growers Summit

The annual SA Winegrape Growers Summit is the flagship event for the Wine Grape Council of SA.

This year it will be held on Friday 17 July 2015 at Adelaide Oval. It aims to provide growers and other wine sector stakeholders with up-to-date, relevant information about the state of the sector, the outlook for grapes and innovative options for ensuring future sustainability.

Click here for more information.

ASVO seminar – Vineyard longevity: maintaining the asset

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is holding its viticulture seminar on vineyard longevity at the Mildura Art Centre on 22 and 23 July.
The seminar will address increasing vineyard productivity, while also protecting and enhancing vineyard longevity. 
For more information, click here.

WCA webinar – visitor value

Wine Australia has partnered with Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) to present upcoming webinar Visitor value: They came, saw, will they still buy?

Dr Richard Lee, associate director at the Australian Centre for Asian Business, and Greg Stirling from Pernod Ricard Australia, will join WCA’s Nick Carne to discuss new Wine Australia-funded research from the University of South Australia’s Ehrenberg Bass Institute that investigated what Australian wineries can do to encourage Chinese tourists to return home as long-term fans and ambassadors of Australian wine.

Date: Tuesday 4 August 2015
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm (ACST)
Cost: Free 

For more information, or to register, click here.
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