There are many challenges to vineyards due to extreme weather events, soil salinity and diseases, inefficient practices, a low level of technological innovation and high input costs which contribute to low profitability in some areas.
Innovative research is needed to find solutions to these risks and help the wine industry to increase profitability through the production of sought-after, distinct wines that fetch higher prices, and more efficient winemaking processes.
ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (ITTC) (2018 -2024)
Funding Australian Research Council, $1.49M
The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production (TC-IWP) was established to tackle new and age-old challenges to wine production through innovative, multi-disciplinary research over five years (2018-2022).
The ARC Training Centre operated from two nodes – the lead node at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus and a second node at the Gulbali Institute. (Previously the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University).
The node at the Gulbali Institute has focused on developing rapid methods of analysis to provide tools to evaluate grape quality prior to harvest, developing strategies to improve wine shelf-life and improving our understanding of the transport of plant signals in the coordination of berry maturation.
There has been an emphasis on developing close partnerships between university-based researchers and research end-users to provide innovative research and training opportunities that are industry focused.