Research Programme

New Zealand Winegrowers runs an extensive portfolio of research projects with the aim of:

'Providing and promoting a technological basis for the New Zealand grape and wine industry to remain internationally competitive as the leading producer of premium quality wines.'

We work closely with our research partners (primarily Plant and Food Research LtdLincoln University and Auckland University) and Government funding agencies such as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) (including the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) and the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) to develop large research programmes for the benefit of the New Zealand wine industry. New Zealand Winegrowers co-invests into these programmes significant levy funds to create a critical mass of research activity in the grape and wine area.

Recognition for the quality of our research and extension

In February 2014, an independent evaluation of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) recognised New Zealand Winegrowers for our efforts to develop an industry that actively links research with best practice.

The evaluation, conducted by Kinnect Group consultancy, highlighted the wine industry’s use of the SFF as ‘an excellent example of social and organisational capability and capacity-building occurring at individual, community and sector levels.’ Our technology and extension activities, built into each project from the beginning, were singled out as illustrating ‘best practice.’