The National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) conducts world-class research in grape and wine science, in the areas of plant pathology, vine physiology, fruit development, fruit and wine composition, sensory characteristics of wine, and consumer preference.
We generate outstanding research outcomes thanks to the expertise of our researchers, excellent facilities and equipment, and our alliance with Charles Sturt University (CSU), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), and the New South Wales Wine Industry Association. We collaborate with commercial vineyards and wineries to ensure our research is highly relevant and improves profitability and sustainability in the Australian wine industry.
Through our research, education and engagement programs, we are training the future leaders of Australia's wine industry.
Research on pests and diseases of grapevines encompasses a whole-of-system approach with the current focus being pathogen identification, epidemiology and pest & disease management and the impact of diseases on grape and wine composition.
The vine physiology team at the NWGIC researches factors that impact on berry composition and yield including extreme temperatures, water stress, plant nutrition and carbohydrate partitioning. It is also focused on defining sustainable and efficient vineyard management practises and developing automated systems for yield prediction.
Understanding fruit development in relation to geographical and vineyard climate assists in identifying unique and important markers of wine style. NWGIC research on fruit growth and composition targets important markers and helps address the problem of unbalanced and overly alcoholic wines.
An extensive body of work and knowledge has been established by the NWGIC wine oxidation and chemistry group. Researchers are investigating the impact of light on oxidative spoilage of wine, and also the measurement of specific metal forms to better predict wine stability.
Charles Sturt University is one of Australia's leading educators in the grape and wine sciences. Knowledge and expertise derived from our research is rapidly integrated into CSU courses, which train the next cohort of industry professionals.
We are a recognised leader in promoting the application of research within the Australian wine sector. Our community engagement programs and partnerships support industry through training and resources that can be used in the field.
The Industry Training Centre is available for bookings, featuring a large conference room, training rooms, teaching lab, and kitchen facilities.