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Wine

Producer-led agtech demonstration case studies: wine grapes

Opportunity for

  • Agrifoodtech companies interested in trialling later stage technologies in the grape and wine sector
  • Grape and wine value chain participants interested in trialling later stage technologies
  • Led by

    Wine Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Field trial, Seeking solutions

  • Readiness
    Late (TRL 8-9)
    Commercial optimisation of the product/service, testing and commercial distribution.
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Wine

Grapevine yield forecasting

Opportunity for

  • Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) manufacturers interested in new products and services
  • Digital platform developers interested in new products and services
  • Contractors servicing grape and wine sector interested in developing new products and services
  • AI prediction and AgTech companies interested in yield prediction products and services
  • Led by

    Wine Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
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Multiple industries

Grapevine canopy measurement

Opportunity for

  • Digital platform developers interested in new products and services
  • Decision support companies interested in new products and services
  • Hardware development companies interested in new products and services
  • Existing platform companies interested in integrating the solution
  • Led by

    Wine Australia

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Research partner, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.

Research projects

Other research projects
Logo for Women in wine update study
Wine

Women in wine update study

Wine Australia is undertaking a scoping study to identify existing resources, gaps and opportunities to help the Australian grape and …
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    8 Jan 2024 - 3 May 2026

  • Research organisation

    Strateos Group Pty Ltd

Logo for Evaluation of the Global Access Diagnostics botrytis rapid test method
Wine

Evaluation of the Global Access Diagnostics botrytis rapid test method

Grapes are typically assessed for grey mould by visual inspection, which is subjective and prone to error. This project investigated Botrytis Alert, a commercially available rapid antigen detection kit as an alternative to current industry practices for grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) detection. Six wine industry participants analysed 376 grape samples and a further 346 samples were analysed by Charles Sturt University. The genus specific nature of the Botrytis Alert kit provided a definitive and rapid quantitative determination of the presence of grey mould in grape samples, superior to visual assessments and other assessment measures, currently used in the wine industry.
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    2 Oct 2024 - 11 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    Charles Sturt University (CSU)

Logo for Enabling technologies for production of improved clones of existing premium winegrape varieties using 'DNA-free' gene-editing
Wine

Enabling technologies for production of improved clones of existing premium winegrape varieties using 'DNA-free' gene-editing

Traditional breeding methods have been used for centuries to generate new plant varieties with improved traits. While this process can take many years, the new varieties will have advantages over existing plantings. Because crossing is involved, the resultant plants cannot retain the original variety name, which is a challenge in winegrapes because of the perceived better marketability of varieties with a name familiar to consumers. This has stifled the uptake of novel winegrape germplasm from the CSIRO grapevine breeding program, despite the disease resistance traits they possess. Recently new gene-editing technology has been developed that allows for the specific alteration of DNA sequences in plant genomes. With certain gene-editing applications, referred to as 'DNA-free' gene-editing, it is possible to alter the plant DNA without the integration of any foreign DNA. In this case the resultant plant is no different from what would be observed if a mutation had arisen spontaneously, and is not classed as a genetically modified organism under current regulations in Australia. In addition, as cross-breeding is not involved, it is anticipated that the new clone can retain the existing varietal name. The method involves regeneration of plants from individual plant cells (protoplasts) which have undergone gene-editing. Plant regeneration is technically challenging and has only been achieved for a limited number of woody crop plants, with grapevine being particularly recalcitrant. However, overcoming the challenges with this specialist technology will make it possible to produce new clones of existing premium grapevine varieties that have improved traits. This project will optimise DNA-free gene-editing methodology for key winegrape varieties to allow development of new clones to address challenges faced by the Australian wine industry.
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2022 - 6 Jun 2029

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Wine

Premium winegrape varieties within improved fungal pathogen tolerance and quality traits through gene-editing

Maintaining the profitable and sustainable production of premium winegrape varieties in Australia is becoming increasingly difficult, due to the high susceptibility of these cultivars to pathogens and a changing climate. Breeding of new varieties can address these issues, as exemplified by the generation of CSIRO mildew-resistant varieties during the previous program of work, but uptake is hindered by concerns regarding consumer acceptance and marketability. As a result, grapegrowers remain dependent on the frequent and unsustainable application of fungicides, and winemakers and viticulturists spend time and resources managing vineyard and winemaking practices to ensure that fruit and wine composition aligns with consumer expectation. As our understanding of how disease susceptibility and fruit composition are genetically controlled increases, it enables the development of strategies to improve fungal resistance and winegrape composition through gene-editing technologies. Importantly, such technologies allow the development of improved germplasm that is expected to be regarded as a clone of the original variety, allowing the variety name to be used.
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2022 - 6 Jun 2029

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Wine

Durable pest resistance grapevine rootstocks and germplasm evaluation

The two major soil pests that negatively impact Australian viticulture are phylloxera and root knot nematode (RKN). A significant decline in vine productivity (and even death) results from the feeding and reproduction of these pests on susceptible grapevines. The majority of Australian vineyards are maintained on own-rooted winegrape cultivars, Vitis vinifera, which is highly susceptible to these pests and makes them vulnerable to spread. Moreover, commercial rootstocks lack long-term resistance and have a narrow genetic base. In the event of a breakdown in phylloxera and/or RKN resistance, growers have limited options for replanting vineyards with alternative resistant rootstocks. In addition to the challenges associated with pest resistance, a decrease in water availability due to a changing climate is expected to increase salinity levels in irrigated water. While grapevines are only moderately sensitive to salt exposure, uptake of chloride significantly reduces wine quality and represents a significant risk for an industry heavily reliant on irrigation. New, genetically diverse, climate resilient rootstocks are needed to support the sustainability of the Australian wine grape industry into the future.
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2022 - 6 Jun 2029

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Wine

National EcoVineyards Program

Biodiversity in an agricultural landscape provides significant benefits to a grower and the community in general through a range of …
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    6 Jun 2024 - 12 Jun 2027

  • Research organisation

    Retallack Viticulture Pty Ltd

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