SARDI's Viticulture science program is a part of the Sustainable Systems research division.
The viticulture science program area develops and applies innovative technology through leading research and industry support activities that enhance the sustainable and profitable production and marketing of horticulture and viticulture crops for local, national and international markets.
The program is client focused and market driven to deliver directly applicable and readily useable solutions and advanced technologies to underpin South Australia's initiatives for economic development and support national grape and wine industry objectives.
SARDI Viticulture is a significant Australian research provider of key national programs for the production of wine grapes required for the consistent production of high quality Australian wines. Research disciplines and expertise within SARDI Viticulture include:
SARDI has laboratories, offices and access to extensive scientific and applied research resources through the Wine Innovation Cluster and Plant Research Centre at the world renowned agri-science precinct at the Waite Campus, Adelaide. Regional research nodes including Nuriootpa and Loxton Research Centres provide the necessary resources for field experimentation and connection to growers.
Co-investment funding for many of the viticulture programs is obtained from the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) (external site).
SARDI's Viticulture team works in collaboration with the Water Resources and Irrigated Crops team, focusing on sustainable agricultural water management for South Australia.