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Independent Chair of Bragato Research Institute, Mark Gilbert, has just been reappointed for a further three-year term. Mark provides Bragato Research Institute (BRI) with a strong background in business, innovation and commercialisation. He says BRI is entering an exciting new phase in its development as the research arm of NZ Winegrowers and shares his thoughts below.


“BRI truly values our relationships with viticulture and wine businesses throughout NZ, and we have been listening hard as to their key challenges and opportunities for the short, medium, and long term. We are, and will continue to respond to these to ensure BRI delivers science and innovation for the industry’s benefit.”

Some of the new developments at BRI include novel growing systems in viticulture, new technology processes for winemakers, and building on the untapped potential of grapevine genetics in New Zealand.

“Through prioritising research excellence, collaboration and sharing knowledge, we’re driving science and knowledge for innovation in viticulture and winemaking businesses.”

“The future is likely to bring both challenges and opportunities for the wine industry. I personally believe future developments in robotics, automation and AI will be critical to keep our wine industry at the forefront globally, and profitable locally.”

“Continuing to grow the productivity and profitability of the wine industry will be critical to New Zealand’s future growth and prosperity. BRI is equipping one of our nation’s most important primary industries with innovative solutions to tackle tomorrow’s challenges, so New Zealand can continue to create exceptional wines.”

Mark notes that BRI is currently recruiting the next CEO to take BRI forward. This skilled science and business leader will help take us on the next phase of the wine industry’s innovation journey.

Along with three new Board appointments recently, BRI is set to expand with energy and an ongoing commitment to growing the value of the New Zealand wine industry with excellent science, innovation, and new knowledge.

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