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The Australian Government has today announced $4,459,672 over five years in continued funding for the Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program. The funding from the ARC which, with additional support of $4 million in cash and in-kind support from project partners and Wine Australia, highlights the substantial support given to wine research from government, partner institutions and the Australian wine industry.

Administered by the University of Adelaide, the TC for Innovative Wine Production collaborating partners include AGRF, AWRI, CSIRO, Charles Sturt University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Pernod Ricard Winemakers, VA Filtration (SA), Coonawarra Grape and Wine, Chalmers Wines Australia, E&J Gallo Winery, Wine Australia, Availer and Lallemand Australia.

Read the full story here.

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CooperCongratulations to dr Kerry Wilkinson and her partner dr Paula Geldens on the arrival of their baby boy Cooper Jack Wilkinson.

Cooper was born on the 16th of May with a healthy weight of just over 3 kilograms. We cannot wait to see the little boy, as he has already been declared ‘bloody adorable’ (verified by the professional opinion of multiple midwives, in replicates and independently confirmed), but for now we just wish mums Kerry and Paula and little boy Cooper all the best and loving times during maternity leave!

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Rocco resizedARC TC-IWP PhD student Rocco Longo from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga presents his work on the use of blending for the production of low alcohol wines in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Lower alcohol wines are suffering from a poor reputation among consumers, which is in part due to their unsatisfactory flavours, such as reduced overall aroma intensity or undesired herbaceous characters. This study covers a blending practice allowing the production of wines with lower alcohol content while retaining similar sensory profiles of the later harvested, riper fruit wines.

You can find the article here.

 

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A joint study between the University of Adelaide and wine biotechnology company AEB group was set up to work on enhancing aroma production during white wine fermentation. Dr Joanna Gambetta and University of Adelaide PhD-student Liang Chen and ARC TC-IWP PhD-student Federico Tondini have been working on this project with their focus being on yeast […]

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PhD student Bora Qesja and Prof Roberta Crouch are researching the consumer acceptance of low alcohol wines. A technical note on consumers perception of low alcohol wines can be found here.

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The second half of 2016 was particularly productive (and enjoyable!) for TC-IWP PhD student Ana Hranilovic. Ana flew to France in early July to spend six months at the ISVV (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin), University of Bordeaux. The ISVV is among the world’s most reputable institutions in wine and vine […]

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Training Centre PhD student Zelmari Coetzee from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga is visiting Adelaide to work at Prof Steve Tyerman’s lab at the Waite research precinct. While she is visiting, Zelmari is focusing her work on the molecular background of the sugar-potassium nexus within the grape berry. To further investigate if there is a relationship […]

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Following the publication of two papers by the training centre on the topic of ethanol evaporation and winemaking supplements the ARC-TC has also published a set of technical notes. They can be found here.

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Dr Renata Ristic and Lieke van der Hulst have been invited by the Chilean wine industry to share their knowledge on smoke taint.   Following bushfires in several wine regions throughout Chile an invitation was extended from Vinos de Chile to the ARC-TC IWP to share knowledge on the effects of smoke exposure on grapevine health, grape […]

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Upon invitation by the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council the ARC TC-IWP travelled to the South East of South Australia for two days to present current work and discuss challenges faced by winemakers and grape growers in this area. A group of PhD students, postdocs and chief investigators visited wineries in the Coonawarra to […]

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