EU researchers blend viticulture and oenology at AWRI
The European Union has funded an exchange program that will send 11 European scientists to Australia to share their expertise with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) in Adelaide.
Thirteen members of the Oenoviti International network of grape and wine research organisations, including the AWRI, have received $1.4 million (€874,000) in funding to allow 39 wine researchers from the EU to spend a total of 190 months at industry organisations around the world. Argentina, Italy, South Africa, Chile, France, Spain and Australia will host the placements between 2019 and 2023.
Oenoviti International is a network with over 55 partners around the world, dedicated to research and education in viticulture and oenology. The network is coordinated by the University of Bordeaux’s Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin.
“When grape and wine scientists from around the world work together and share their expertise and knowledge, there are positive outcomes for all wine-producing countries,” said program coordinator Professor Pierre-Louis Teissedre.
Based in South Australia, the AWRI is responsible for half of Australia’s wine production and roughly 80% of Australia’s premium wine. As part of the international exchange program, 11 researchers from France, Portugal and Spain will spend time in the Great Wine Capital of Adelaide.
“The AWRI is delighted to be part of this successful bid. AWRI scientists look forward to sharing their knowledge and learning from the high-calibre visiting researchers,” said AWRI Managing Director Dan Johnson.
The program’s purpose is to enhance collaborative networks, facilitate knowledge sharing, and build personal relationships within the international grape and wine research community. The program will provide many benefits for the people and organisations involved, and for wine producers all over the world.
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