Australian Wine Research Institute


Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is a wine research, development, and extension organization owned and led by the Australian wine industry. Based in Adelaide, it also has offices in Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania. Formed in 1955, its governing board includes members elected by Australian winemakers and vine-growers who pay the Wine Grapes and Grape Research levy.

Research is designed to increase fundamental understanding, particularly of wine’s composition, style, and sensory characteristics, but the AWRI has been famous among its peers for remaining responsive to the applied needs of producers and consumers. It has been particularly good at translating its research results into usable applications and fostering their adoption, and at spreading word of research and the development of practical solutions from around the world. In tough economic times the AWRI has been depending increasingly on income from commissions in analysis, benchmarking, and technical validation, as well as from providing export certificates and site audits.