Innovation in wine and viticulture
The Waite Campus is home to more than 60% of Australia's wine and grape research capability. The four organisations working in this area have formed the Wine Innovation Cluster (WIC), a partnership which aims to build synergies, enhance collaboration and reduce duplication.
Waite researchers are active across the entire value chain, from understanding the interactions of vines with the environment to sensory research and consumer preferences.
Major themes of the Waite's grape and wine research include:
- Grapevine management for optimal yield and performance in the face of climate, water and abiotic stresses;
- Genetic and physical factors affecting grapevine flowering, fruit set and berry quality;
- The characterisation and development of new strains of yeast for improved fermentation outcomes;
- Wine chemistry and biochemistry to identify and isolate compounds that are either beneficial or detrimental to wine quality;
- Consumer, quality and sensory research.
Relevant research groups and web links
- Viticulture, The University of Adelaide
- Water Resources, Viticulture and Irrigated Crops, SARDI
- Grapevine Management and Quality, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
- Wine Microbiology, The University of Adelaide
- Wine Micro-organism Collection, Australian Wine Research Institute
- Wine Science, The University of Adelaide
- Commercial Services, Australian Wine Research Institute
- Wine and Health, Australian Wine Research Institute