Since 1997 the NWGIC alliance of Charles Sturt University (CSU) Industry and Investment NSW (I&I NSW) and the NSW Wine Industry Association (NSW WIA) has brought together experts in Wine Science and Viticulture within fully equipped facilities on the CSU Wagga Wagga campus.
The interactive effects of the environment on berry and wine composition, and on wine styles
To successfully lead the Australian wine industry into the future against a background of increasing global competition and the uncertain impacts of climate change, the NWGIC proposes an ambitious, but realistic strategy, based on integrated multi-disciplinary programs using vineyards and controlled environment growth chambers. These programs will address the influence of climate change and the environment generally on grapevine yield and productivity, and wine quality/styles.The NWGIC is ideally placed to conduct the type of R&D necessary to ensure that the Australian wine industry remains economically viable and sustainable.
The following key scientific and practical targets will be addressed through the integrated research programs:
Outcomes from the above integrated research programs will include:
Collaboration with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), Adelaide University and other R&D agencies is essential, as is a strong partnership with GWRDC and the Australian wine industry.
Postgraduate research students enrolled in CSU conduct their research in the state-of-the-art facilities of the NWGIC.
Membership of all of Charles Sturt University's specialist viticultural and wine course academic staff who are ideally placed to present advanced knowledge generated from research conducted within the Centre to current and future professionals within the wine sector.