The New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre (NZWRC) will provide cutting-edge science, research and development to benefit New Zealand's entire wine industry, and its key stakeholders.
Based in Marlborough from 2017, the Centre will have a national focus, and global reach, providing world-leading research for commercial grape and wine production.
Wine company ownership and involvement in research and development will be a key driver for the new facility. The Centre will also improve integration between those involved in grape and wine research, and the commercial companies operating in the industry.
The Centre will strengthen existing relationships between growers, wineries and researchers on an international scale, putting the industry in a strong position for future growth.
The opportunity to seek longer-term investment for research arrived when the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced its intention to establish regional research institutes as part of Budget 2015.
In consultation with industry members, New Zealand Winegrowers submitted a proposal to create a wine research centre based in Marlborough and was the first to receive approval for investment in October 2016, with (then) Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announcing Government funding of $12.5 million over four years.
The Marlborough District Council has also allocated funding in support of the new facility, with $75,000 set aside for establishment and a further $150,000 in funding each year from 2017 to 2022.
New Zealand Winegrowers works to ensure its levy-funded research programme provides and promotes a technological basis for the New Zealand grape and wine industry to remain internationally competitive as the leading producer of premium quality wines.