Archive for October, 2011

GWRDC scholarships for Honours and PhD candidates – take a look!

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) is currently advertising scholarships for Honours and PhD students. The GWRDC supports the development of the Australian grape and wine sector by investing in RD&E programmes along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’.

The closing date for this round of applications is 11 November 2011– that’s soon! For full details go to the GWRDC pages entitled Guidelines and Applications PhD and Honours.

The PhD Scholarship
The GWRDC PhD scholarship programme aims to attract postgraduate students into wine, viticulture and wine business research. For three years of full-time study, the full scholarships provide annual funding of up to:

• $30,000 student stipend, and

• $10,000 operating funds.

There are also options for candidates to apply for PhD supplementary scholarships or to undertake part-time PhD study and funding will be adjusted accordingly.

Honours Scholarship
The GWRDC Honours scholarship programme also provides opportunities for postgraduate students in the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business research.

Full-time Honours scholarships are available for up to $6,000, consisting of a $4,000 student stipend and $2,000 operating support for the research project.

Again there are part-time study options with funding adjusted accordingly.

How do you apply?
Go to the GWRDC website for full details. The GWRDC also welcomes all enquiries about the application process. GWRDC can be contacted on 08 8273 0500 or email:

Applicants are encouraged to consult the GWRDC’s Five-year R&D Plan 2007–12 and Annual Operating Plan 2010–11 when developing your applications. These documents are available on the GWRDC website.


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What wines do you like? Share your opinion!

What wines do you like?

Share your opinion in my online survey and be a part of a research project at University of Adelaide

My name is Yaelle Saltman, I am a PhD candidate in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine in the University of Adelaide. My research project is concerned with: wine consumers’ acceptance of food additives in wines; what wine consumers already know about food additives in wines; and to what extent they are willing to accept the addition of food additives to wines for the purpose of improving wine quality.

As a participant in the survey you will be asked to rate your level of knowledge about food additives in general and food additives in wines. You will also be asked to rate your level of acceptance of potential future additives in wines. Finally, by providing general demographic and wine purchasing habit information, we will be able to profile wine consumers and segment them according to their level of acceptance of innovation practices in wine.

Enter the survey here

Thank you!


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We want your views on new technologies in wine!

Understanding public and industry views on the use of new technologies in wine

Do you consume wine?

Are you willing to participate in our project by completing an anonymous survey?

This project at the University of Adelaide aims to understand the views of the general public and those working within the wine industry on the use of new technologies in winemaking in Australia. It is suggested that increased global competition, shifts in consumer demands and expectations especially regarding wine quality, and concerns about the need for more environmentally-friendly production practices are driving some in the industry to support consideration of these technologies. The research phase of this project will be conducted during the second half of 2011 and is supported by Wine2030.

Enter our survey here: Survey on public views of the use of new technologies in wine.

Would you be willing to participate in a focus group in Adelaide on public views of the use of technology in the wine industry?

Yes? Focus group: Answer a few short questions and register your interest here.

This project is lead by Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny.

More information on current projects within the Food Ethics group may be found here.

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Crush 2011! Key wine industry facts presented by Prof. Kym Anderson

Professor Kym Anderson of Wine2030 and the Wine Economics Research Centre gave a fascinating and informative presentation at the plenary session of the Crush 2011: The Grape and Wine Science Symposium in Adelaide, entitled ‘Wine’s globalization: New opportunities, new challenges for Australia’.

The Crush 2011 symposium, organised by the Wine Innovation Cluster, brought together top wine and grape researchers from all over Australia and overseas, from universities, research institutes, industry and government to present the latest cutting edge research, to network and to foster future collaborative opportunities. The University of Adelaide had a strong attendance, as did the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the University of South Australia, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), and other universities and institutions around Australia and overseas. Inspiring talks were provided in the plenary session at the National Wine Centre by GWRDC Chairman Rory McEwen, Kym Anderson, John Brooks of Zork, Mark Thomas of CSIRO Plant Industry, Keren Bindon of AWRI and Rebekah Richardson of Pernod-Ricard Pacific.

Professor Anderson gave an insightful and concise summary of the challenges facing Australia’s wine industry today, essentially:

• Profits of wineries have nose-dived

• Winegrape prices fell sharply in 2009, 2010 and in 2011

• Bulk wine exports 47% in 2010-11, up from 15% 1996-2003

• Import share of domestic wine sales has risen from 3% in 2001 to 15% in 2010-11 (NZ, France, Italy)

• Volatility of weather is not expected to lessen

Trade is a huge consideration for the Australian wine industry, with 66% of our wine production exported in 2009. Meanwhile the world market for wine has got tougher with the strong Australian dollar, fashion swing away from our wine in the traditional markets (UK, US, Germany), strong competition from other global producers, oversupply of wine in Europe, the growth of supermarket power in wine sales, environmental concerns, and so on. Plus wine is being targeted in a number of countries including Australia with regard to negative health implications, including rising taxes and regulations.

However! Globalisation has a long way to go and there are huge opportunities as wine expenditure grows around the world, particularly in Asia, dominated by China. Furthermore, in terms of the average price of bottled still wine imports, five of the top 10 countries globally are Asian so there are profits to be made!

The data behind Kym’s presentation are from a new compendium of global wine statistics, downloadable as a free e-book at or in Excel format at

Kym Anderson is the Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide, and a member of Wine2030, University of Adelaide.

Details of the Crush 2011 symposium including full programme and abstracts may be found at

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