Leigh Schmidtke

Professor Leigh Schmidtke

Wine Chemistry & Chemometrics, Professor Gulbali Institute

Gulbali Institute


Leigh is a Professor of Oenology and was the Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre from 2016, and Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation from 2019 until the launch of the Gulbali Institute at Charles Sturt University in 2022. He has an extensive background in analytical chemistry relating to grape and wine analysis, wine production systems and wine microbiology. Chemometrics and metabolomics are features of Leigh's research and collaborations. Complex data analysis, metabolomics, rapid methods of assessment using IR and mass spectrometry methods for determining the impact of abiotic and biotic factors upon grapevine and plant performance, berry composition and wine style are some of his research interests.

  • Grape and wine composition
  • Wine and food flavour and matching composition to sensory domains
  • Mass spectrometry and rapid methods of analysis
  • Chemometric data analysis and metabolomics
  • Abiotic factors influencing grape composition
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Xiao, Z., Tyerman, S. D., Stait-Gardner, T., Price, W. S., Pagay, V., Schmidtke, L. M., & Rogiers, S. Y. (2023). Characterisation of internal oxygen concentration of strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) and blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). Functional Plant Biology, 50(3), 256-265. https://doi.org/10.1071/FP21259
  • Baby, T., Holzapfel, B., Oczkowski, A., Rahaman, M., Paul, M., Zheng, L., Schmidtke, L., Walker, R., & Rogiers, S. (2022). An image library of the visual symptoms of grapevine nutrient disorders. Poster session presented at 18th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
  • Logan, B. G., Hopkins, D. L., Schmidtke, L. M., & Fowler, S. M. (2022). Assessing chemometric models developed using Raman spectroscopy and fatty acid data for Northern and Southern Australian beef production systems. Meat Science, 187, 108753. [108753]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2022.108753
  • Schmidtke, L., Li, S., Blackman, J., & Dambergs, B. (2022). Assessment of grape smoke exposure. Charles Sturt University.
  • Baby, T., Holzapfel, B., Schmidtke, L., Walker, R., & Rogiers, S. (2022). Differential accumulation of potassium in the vegetative and reproductive organs of three grapevine cultivars. Acta Horticulturae, 1, 115-124. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2022.1333.16