Research & Innovation Forum

A day of innovation, collaboration, and sustainable viticulture. Explore cutting-edge research, connect with industry leaders and elevate your expertise. Join us in helping shape the future of the New Zealand wine industry.

Event details


Soundings Theatre

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Additional Info

Tickets: $180 (+GST) 


  • Using research to guide positive change
  • The future of smart management
  • Upcoming viticulture innovations 
  • Looking micro to make big changes
  • Launch of the Roadmap to Net Zero 2050

Speaker highlights

More speakers will be announced soon

Hans Loder

Nuffield scholar and viticulturist Hans Loder from Penley Estate in Coonawarra, South Australia, will discuss how farmers will one day use wearable technology to see data feeds, including AI-generated management recommendations, on their land and in real-time.

Jason Cook

Indevin Group winemaker Jason Cook will discuss their Smart Winery and cloud capabilities that have revolutionised the management of harvest in recent years, including through a democratised platform that enables winery and viticulture crews to see logistics in real-time on mobile devices.

Dr Ellie Bradley

Part of Bragato Research Institute’s Grapevine Improvement team, Dr Ellie Bradley will present some of BRI’s most cutting-edge research about how we could use RNA to fight plant pathogens and viruses, by turning specific genes ‘on or off’ using a technique that would not be considered genetic modification.

Dr Wayne Patrick

A Professor of Biochemistry at Victoria University, Wayne Patrick and his team address fundamental questions about how enzymes have evolved, in order to engineer new ones with improved properties. Enzymes are the most precise tools in a winemaker’s toolkit. The revolution in AI and machine learning has reached enzyme design so now is the time to ask: what would we like enzymes to do for us?

Roadmap to Net Zero 2050

The New Zealand Winegrowers’ Sustainability team will launch the industry’s Roadmap to Net Zero 2050. Supported by EECA, the roadmap has been created with consultation with the industry, along with applying international research and their knowledge of the New Zealand wine industry.

Who should attend? 

This event is tailored to individuals committed to continuously improving their businesses by staying updated on the latest research and innovations. It's for business owners, decision-makers, winemakers, and viticulturists; active participants in the wine industry looking to gain strategic insights and innovative approaches to help future proof their businesses.


More speakers and the full programme will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact BRI Knowledge Transfer and Engagement Leader, Braden Crosby, at

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