Cheers to a new Charles Sturt and NSW Wine Industry partnership

1 APRIL 2022

Cheers to a new Charles Sturt and NSW Wine Industry partnership

Charles Sturt University signs Memorandum of Understanding with NSW Wine Industry Association to advance the NSW wine and grape industries.

  • Charles Sturt University signs Memorandum of Understanding with NSW Wine Industry Association to advance the NSW wine and grape industries
  • The partnership will support industry research priorities targeting biosecurity, sustainability, and industry renewal
  • The MoU will facilitate industry engagement with commercial grape growers and wineries for field trials linked to research programs through industry representation within the new Gulbali Institute which creates impactful integrated agricultural, water and environmental research

Charles Sturt University has signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NSW Wine Industry Association to advance the NSW wine and grape industries through research and growth of education and training opportunities in viticulture and oenology in the state.

The MoU was signed by Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon and NSW Wine Industry Association President Mr Mark Bourne at the official launch of the new Gulbali Institute and will support industry research priorities by facilitating industry engagement with commercial grape growers and wineries.

Charles Sturt’s  Gulbali Institute in Wagga Wagga will create impactful integrated agricultural, water and environmental research, grounded in Charles Sturt’s footprint across the Murray-Darling Basin, with impact across Australia and globally.

Professor of Wine Science at the Charles Sturt Gulbali Institute Mr Leigh Schmidtke said the MoU outlines a strong focus on industry engagement involving commercial grape growers and wineries throughout the diverse climates and regions of NSW.  

“Together, through innovative and professional collaboration Charles Sturt University and the NSW Wine Industry Association will advance viticulture and wine production with research outcomes and actionable knowledge that can be easily adopted by industry,” Professor Schmidtke said.

“Outcomes from field trials and industry research programs shape the teaching programs for viticulture and wine science delivered by the University and will ensure the next generation of industry professionals are equipped with the most advanced and relevant industry knowledge.” 

NSW Wine Industry Association President Mr Mark Bourne said, “The NSW Wine Industry Association has been partners with Charles Sturt University for more than 24 years since the establishment of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre. This new MoU will strengthen our strong relationship with the University and provide an exciting platform for world-leading research and innovation for the NSW grape and wine industries.”

ENDS

Media Note:

For more information or to arrange interviews with Professor Leigh Schmidtke, please contact Trease Clarke at Charles Sturt Media on 0409 741 789 or at news@csu.edu.au

For interviews with NSW Wine Industry Association President Mr Mark Bourne, please contact Alex Burgener on 0404 900 961 or at media@nswwine.com.au

The Gulbali Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment is a strategic investment by Charles Sturt University to drive integrated research to optimise farming systems, enhance freshwater ecosystems and improve environmental management, to deliver benefits across Australia and globally.

Photo caption L-R:

Charles Sturt University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mark Evans, Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon, NSW Wine Industry Association President Mr Mark Bourne

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