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Bragato Research Institute focuses on and delivers research that fills knowledge gaps specific to New Zealand’s current and future grape growing and winemaking needs. 

Our research and extension provide winegrowers with knowledge and tools to protect and enhance the quality and distinctiveness of New Zealand wine, the sustainability of our winegrowing, and the productivity and profitability of their businesses. This is achieved through a balanced investment portfolio of short-, medium- and long-term research that is informed by industry priorities, assessed through a lens of sustainability, and focuses on activities with high impact, to deliver meaningful outcomes for winegrowers.

We have five areas of focus:

Vineyard innovation

We drive innovation in the vineyard to continuously improve productivity, quality, and sustainability.

Genetics for winegrowing

We are world leaders in using new grapevine genomic tools and techniques to improve our vines.

Winemaking innovation

We drive innovation in winemaking and support winegrowers to deliver consistently exceptional wine to consumers.

Sustainable winegrowing

We support winegrowers in their role as guardians for our environment for future generations.

Knowledge sharing

Research only has value if winegrowers receive and understand the results, and can confidently apply them in their business.

Current Research

Sauvignon Blanc Grapevine Improvement programme

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Other current projects

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Previous Research Programmes


Each of these programmes comprises of multiple projects and research partners, over several years.

Pinot Noir Programme

July 1, 2017

Vineyard Ecosystems Programme

January 1, 2015

Lighter Wines Programme

March 1, 2014