2015 marks 60 years for the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) – 60 years of world class research and technical support for Australia’s wine industry. Based at the Waite Research Precinct in Urrbrae, since its beginnings, the AWRI is an independent national organisation, serving growers and winemakers across all of Australia’s wine regions. Commencing with a handful of employees in 1955, the AWRI now employs 115 scientists, winemakers, viticulturists and technical staff all working for the benefit of the Australian grape and wine producers.
The AWRI has supported the Australian wine industry through a period of enormous change and growth. In 1955 Australia crushed around 127,000 tonnes of grapes, a high percentage of which were made into fortified wines. Now the Australian industry crushes approximately 1.7million tonnes, and produces wines across a wide range of varieties and styles.
Commenting on the milestone, AWRI Managing Director, Dr Dan Johnson, said “The AWRI is proud of the scientific achievements that have underpinned the Australian wine industry’s success over the past 60 years. It’s no accident that Australian wine has a global reputation for excellence and innovation.”
“In the end all of the science comes down to supporting our wine community to make wines that consumers want to buy and enjoy drinking.” A number of activities will take place in 2015 to mark the AWRI’s 60th birthday