Current and completed projects

Current Projects

Developing objective measures of quality for sparkling wine

(2019)

Funding: Wine Australia

Project partners: WineTQ, University of Adelaide and the Australian Wine Research Institute

In-kind support: Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Central Science Laboratory, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards, Apogee Wines Tasmania and Josef Chromy Wines

Project lead:  Dr Fiona Kerslake (TIA)

Project partners: WineTQ, University of Adelaide and the Australian Wine Research Institute

Building and measuring the quality of fine Australian sparkling wines, through identification of the impact compounds responsible for 'autolytic character' in sparkling wine, and novel winemaking technologies to hasten autolysis.  More details here


Pinot Noir provenance: Australian benchmarking to support growing, making, perception of quality, and marketing to add value to the Pinot Noir supply chain

(2020)

Funding: Wine Australia, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Project lead:  Dr Anna Carew (TIA)

Project partners: Hill-Smith Family Vineyards and Shaw+Smith

This $845,000 3.5 year project will generate robust, tangible scientific and qualitative evidence to explain the unique character, quality and provenance of Australia's emerging premier red wine: Pinot Noir.  Once established, the methods developed in this project will be applicable to other red wine varieties. More detail here


Taking grapevine yield forecasting into the digital age

(2019)

Funding: Wine Australia, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Project lead:  Dr Joanna Jones (TIA)

Project partners: University of Tasmania Central Science Laboratory, Wine TQ, Shaw + Smith, Lastek

The project will test the novel technique of spectral analysis to identify bud fruitfulness and forecast yield.  More detail here


Australia's wine future: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change

(2016-2019)

Funding:  Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA)

Project lead:  Dr Rebecca Harris (University of Tasmania) 80% Professor Nathan Bindoff (10%)

Project Partners:  Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (Dr Fiona Kerslake), CSIRO, South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI), Australian Wine Research Institute, Antarctic Climate Ecosystem CRC

This project addresses climate adaptability. An understanding of short-term climate variability, as well as trends in climate indices for the near and mid-term time scales will be provided in an accessible, usable form to grape growers and wine makers across Australia. The industry will have access to fine-scaled climate information required to identify the most appropriate adaptation response within each region, to maintain grape yield, value and wine quality into the future.


Improving the Productivity of Tasmanian Vineyards

(2016-2020)

Funding:  The Tasmanian Government (Agrigrowth Tasmania), Wine Tasmania, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture 

Project lead:  Mr David Sanderson (Wine Tasmania)

Project Partners:  Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture,  Tasmanian vineyards and wine making businesses

The project will support targeted growth of the Tasmanian wine sector to 1.5M cases by 2020, by developing grower decision support tools to better manage fruitfulness for stabilised and / or increased vineyard yields, whilst maintaining or building wine quality.


Sense-T Stage 2 Viticulture

(2015-2016)

Funding: Australian Government, Tasmanian Government, University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Project lead: Dr Kathy Evans (TIA),  Dr Byeong Kang (University of Tasmania)

Project partners:  Pooley Wines, Frogmore Creek, Home Hill Wines, Springvale Wines 

The Project will provide vineyard managers with an app and online dashboard to monitor on-farm growing conditions and understand disease and other risks for better decision making. More detail here.


Improved red wine process efficiency and product quality through enhanced phenolic extraction by controlled phenolic release (CPR) and berry pricking

(2014-2017)

Funding: Wine Australia, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Project lead: A/ Prof Dugald Close and Dr Anna Carew (TIA)

Project Partners: Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), CSIRO, Australian wineries

The Project is designing and testing novel maceration technologies and techniques to improve red wine production efficiency and enhance quality control. 


Ongoing Projects

Grassroots extension program

Funding:  Wine Australia, Wine Tasmania, Tasmanian Government

Project lead:  Mr David Sanderson (Wine Tasmania)

The Tasmanian Sustainable Viticulture Programme (TSVP) is designed to provide a range of integrated tools, templates and protocols to Tasmanian winegrape growers for the purpose of evaluating, recording, improving and reporting their sustainability


Climate and fruitfulness monitoring

Funding:  Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Brown Bros

Project lead:  Dr Fiona Kerslake (TIA)

The project is ongoing to provide longer term data on the effect of climate on fruitfulness and carbohydrates - spur and cane pruned - for table Pinot Noir, table Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling Pinot Noir, sparkling Chardonnay.


Recently Completed Projects

Optimizing nitrogen use in cool climate vineyards to improve fruitset and maximise wine phenolics

Funding:  Wine Australia,  Tasmanian Wine Show (2015)

Project lead:  Dr Joanna Jones and Dr Nigel Swarts (TIA)

Student:  B Ag Sci Hons student Ellen Davis

Project Partners: Pressing Matters

This project  investigated the early-season application of N, and the resulting impact on fruitset, yield and grape and wine quality.

Factsheet:  Optimising nitrogen use to maximise grapevine yield and wine phenolics


The effect of late season nitrogen application on grapevine carbohydrate reserves

Funding:  Wine Australia,  Tasmanian Wine Show (2015)

Project lead:   Dr Fiona Kerslake and Dr Joanna Jones (TIA)

Student:  B Ag Sci Hons student Matt Lee

Project Partners: Brown Bros

This project  investigated the effect of mid and late season nitrogen applications on post harvest leaf retention, vine carbohydrate reserves, current season fruit quality and yield.  

Factsheet:  Effect of late season nitrogen

Investigating the relationship between grape and wine anthocyanin, phenol and tannin concentrations in Pinot Noir in a cool climate

Funding:  Wine Australia (2014)

Project lead:  Dr Joanna Jones and Dr Fiona Kerslake (TIA)

Student:  B Ag Sci Hons student Sarah Hammond

Project Partners  Pressing Matters, Meadowbank,  Derwent Estate, Pooley Wines, Stefano Lubiana, Shaw + Smith,  Lipscombes, Meehans, 2 Bud Spur

This project investigated the relationship between the graoe tannin, anthocyanin and phenol concentrations and that found in the wine. 

Factsheet: Does fruit light environment influence Pinot Noir quality?


Thermnovinification technology and practices review

Funding:  Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), Wine Australia (2016)

Project lead:  Dr Anna Carew (TIA)

The project involved travel to Europe to investigate and discuss thermovinification technology for process efficiency and quality control in Australia red winemaking. 


Uncertainty of yield in cool climate viticulture

Funding:  Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Brown Bros (2012-2014)

Project lead:  Dr Fiona Kerslake (TIA)

The project produced a review of research, development and extension relevant to cool climate viticulture. The project investigated:

  • Mechanical leaf removal effect on fruit and wine quality for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
  • The effect of climate on fruitfulness and carbohydrates – spur and cane pruned – for table Pinot Noir, table Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling Pinot Noir, sparkling Chardonnay.

Fact sheet:  Pinot Noir yield prediction


Encourage the development of the Tasmanian wine sector

Funding:  Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) project  (2012-2014)

Project lead: A/Prof Dugald Close

A TIA-managed project, carried out by consultants Drs Richard Smart and Reuben Wells, for site selection for new plantings, and new regions in Tasmania. The project includes mapping climate – A combination of field temperature measurements and topography will be used to model how temperature varies within a region.

The aim is to link climate with vines. Temperature data will be collected at 22 vineyards around the state and linked with phenology, such as the timing of bud-break, flowering and veraison.

Understanding frost frequency and frost characteristics can help in reducing losses, by selecting lower risk sites, and by helping determine the best frost defence system to install. Mobile measurements and mast measurements will be combined with topography to model frost within the landscape.

Report: Encouraging the development of the wine sector in Tasmania


Sense-T viticulture and fruit project

(2013-2014)

Funding:  Tasmanian Government, CSIRO, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)

Project Lead:  Dr Kathy Evans (TIA) and A. Terhorst (CSIRO)

The risk of disease, frost, and inadequate winter chill is largely driven by the weather. The objective of this project is to produce a prototype of a context-aware alerting system delivering fit-for-purpose information.Annotated data from different sensors sourced from the 'cloud' and re-used in different contexts. Key case studies will be done on botrytis, frost, and winter chill


Objective measures for Powdery Mildew

Funding:  Wine Australia, University of Adelaide, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) 2013-2016

Project lead:  Dr Kathy Evans (TIA)  and Dr Bob Dambergs 

Partners: University of Adelaide