Bragato Research Institute

Bragato Research Institute drives world-leading innovation for the New Zealand wine industry—from blue sky research through to the practical application of science in our vineyards, wineries and supply chain. Launched in 2017 through programme funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, we are a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry body for growers and wineries.

Our state-of-the-art Research Winery opened in February 2020 at the Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim. From here, we partner with industry and other research organisations to set the national research agenda, trial world-first technologies, conduct commercial trials, and connect educators and students to science and industry.

Our Grapevine Improvement Laboratory is based at Lincoln University in Canterbury. The Grapevine Improvement team run our Sauvignon Blanc 2.0 programme, as well as several other grapevine projects and services. The Lincoln location allows BRI to collaborate with the university, other researchers and students.

Bragato Research Institute was established with additional funding from the Marlborough District Council, recognising the local economic contribution of our global reach and national focus from the region. Research excellence drives our work – whether it’s pioneering curiosity, solving real-world problems faced by the industry or seizing consumer opportunities in an increasingly competitive global market. Our Research Advisory Committee, appointed by New Zealand Winegrowers and comprised of industry experts, assesses research proposals and guides our research priorities.

Vision, Mission & Purpose

Vision Mātauranga

Embedding Vision Mātauranga into BRI research

New Zealand Winegrowers

New Zealand Winegrowers is a national organisation for the country’s growers and wineries. Established in March 2002, it is the only unified national winegrowers industry body in the world.

The New Zealand Winegrowers levy-funded research programme is delivered through the Bragato Research Institute and supports the New Zealand grape and wine industry to remain internationally competitive as the leading producer of premium quality wines.

To find out more about New Zealand Winegrowers and the industry, visit nzwine.com.


Establishing a new research institute and the conception, design and build of a new research winery are significant endeavours. It not only took substantial funding but also a dedicated, skilled and focused team drawing on a broad range of expertise and experience. We thank the following sponsors for their continued support.

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Looking to partner with us or leave a legacy for science? We have sponsorships available for the research winery and endowments available to fund future research. Contact us today if you want to partner with us in delivering world-leading innovation.