Project 5.3.1

Tracking trends in Australian wine composition and vineyard and winery practices

Project summary

This project will track trends in Australian wine composition and vineyard and winery practices. Compositional trends will principally be monitored by collating analytical data from wines submitted to the AWRI’s analytical laboratories for commercial analysis; thereby extracting substantial value from an existing sample set consisting of more than 25,000 samples analysed annually, at a cost of considerably more than a million dollars. If necessary, that existing data set will be augmented with supplementary samples and analyses to address identified gaps (for example, in relation to specific regions, wine types or analytes), or through the addition of other data sets (such as Wine Australia’s export certificate data).

Trends in production practices will principally be monitored via a web-based survey of vineyard and winery practices performed at approximately five-yearly intervals, supplemented by visits to a range of producers and industry bodies, to consult and gain additional perspectives on the compiled data. These surveys will be equivalent to the AWRI Vineyard and Winery Practices Survey performed in 2016, which is to be published in 2018.

The compositional and practices information, together with interpretative commentary, will be collated in a report to be distributed to levy payers on an approximately five-yearly cycle (aligning with the conduct of each practices survey), via a range of extension mechanisms such as industry and academic journals, AWRI roadshows, and presentations in various other industry forums. This will be complemented by annual reports featuring only compositional data and likely to focus upon specific parameters of interest from year to year, primarily to be published in industry journals. This compositional information will further inform and feature in the AWRI’s extension activities and provide additional context to information generated by other sources, such as vintage trends identified by the AWRI helpdesk.

Project Contacts

Simon Nordestgaard
Eric Wilkes

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