Viticulture & Oenology


The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture promotes the Tasmanian wine sector through research, development and extension conducted by the Perennial Horticulture Centre's Viticulture and Oenology Group.  The group is recognised for excellence in cool climate viticulture and wine making for quality. The centre also conducts research supporting Tasmania's burgeoning craft cider industry.

The group's primary focus is 'vine-to-wine research' embedded within industry to rapidly 'ground truth' research.  This enables identification of multiple intervention points to achieve fine wine outcomes. Our primary research partners include Australian Grape and Wine Authority, Australian Wine Research Institute, Wine Tasmania, Brown Brothers, Sense-T and the Tasmanian wine industry through participatory research.

 TIA's current grape and wine research priorities:

  • Cool climate yield stabilisation
  • Sensing and imaging to guide vineyard decision-making
  • Grapevine pathology
  • Sense-T Viticulture Industry Research Project
  • Viticulture management effects on grape and wine quality
  • Objective measures of grape and wine quality
  • Novel processes for red wine maceration

Research updates can be found here

Our RD&E facilities state-wide include small-scale winemaking facilities and equipment for replicated experimentation, grape and wine analytical laboratories, and analytical support from University of Tasmania Central Science Laboratory.

Contact:   Dugald Close | | 0419 386 288