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July 2019 saw the announcement of the Bragato Research Institute (BRI) research winery location. The new national research winery will be located at the Marlborough Research Centre (MRC) campus in Blenheim.  

Construction of the research winery at the MRC site will further strengthen the partnership between BRI, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), and Plant & Food Research (PFR). The location will also allow BRI to continue to work alongside New Zealand Winegrowers and Wine Marlborough who are all on the same site, as part of the vision for an integrated hub of viticulture and oenology. 

Tracy Benge (BRI Establishment Manager) and MJ Loza (BRI CEO) at the site of the new national research winery. 

 BRI has been operating a temporary research winemaking facility in the NMIT teaching winery at the MRC campus. This allowed six world-first dualpurpose fermentation tanks (including 8 smaller fermentation tanks inserted into the main vessels) to be tested during the 2019 vintage.    

The research winery would not have been made possible without the support and funding received from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Marlborough District Council.  

Construction is expected to commence in August 2019, with the aim of having the winery operational for vintage 2020. 

Architect’s rendering of the new Research Winery and conference facility.