In June 2018 we submitted annual work-plans to MBIE as part of our funding requirements. This included a business case for an additional $2 million contribution towards developing a new research winery facility in Marlborough.

We were delighted to be advised in September 2018 that this additional funding has been approved, giving us the green light to develop a national research winery.

As well as being used for trials on wine research projects, the new winery will provide many other opportunities. The opportunities include:
  • A facility where commercial wineries can trial new winemaking methods, techniques or products
  • A centre for education and learning, allowing students to learn about winemaking and research
  • Opportunities for exchanges and secondments with other research institutions and research wineries abroad
  • A technology hub, trialling new winery equipment and technology
  • A drawcard for international and regional visitors
  • Modelling winery and winemaking sustainability
Photo courtesy of UC Davis; thank you to UC Davis and Gallo for sharing their knowledge of research wineries during our planning process