Research Themes


Our science strategy delivers outcomes for industry priorities and is divided into four themes:

Driving the science for exceptional wines


  1. Consumer expectations and global value proposition
  2. Iconic quality and character
  3. Diversity of exceptional wines to the world
  4. Terroir and Turangawaewae
  5. Climate change and maintaining an exceptional wine experience

Growing value sustainably


  1. Profitable innovation and diversification
  2. Best in class innovation
  3. People and technology drive growth

Enhancing reputation and wine offerings


  1. Climate change mitigation
  2. Leadership in vineyard and environmental management
  3. Social licence to operate
  4. Quality management and the value chain

Protecting the reputation of New Zealand wine


  1. Biosecurity, pests and diseases
  2. Adapting to climate change
  3. Leadership in managing resources and waste management
  4. Resilience
  5. Mitigating regulatory, supply chain and distribution risks in a global economy

New Zealand Wine Futures Fund

A call for expressions of interest is now open for new approaches in wine research. New Zealand Winegrowers and Bragato Research Institute are looking to fund 2-3 projects that offer new ideas or capability to our current industry practice. New Zealand legal entities are eligible, with the maximum term for a project as three years to accommodate PhD students.

Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm NZST, on 12 July 2021 at to be considered.

Full guidelines and assessment criteria are below, as well as an expression of interest form.

Click here for guidelines and assessment criteria

Click here for the expression of interest form