Calling Young Grape and Wine Innovators for GWRDC Award – Media release

Young innovators aged 18 to 35 can now apply for the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards.

The Awards offer the opportunity for young people to be granted up to $22,000 to fund an innovative research project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

There are 11 categories across Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, including a viticulture and oenology award sponsored by GWRDC.

One outstanding project will be granted additional funding through the Minister for Agriculture Award, which is open to winners of the industry category awards.

The Awards encourage science, innovation and new technology in primary industries and helps to advance the careers of promising young innovators and scientists through national recognition of their research ideas.

In 2013, Mr Richard Fennessy,  a wine research officer at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, began exploring the influence of climate and variety on the effectiveness of ‘cold soak’ (pre-fermentation cold maceration) after winning the $22,000 Viticulture and Oenology Science and Innovation Award.

Applications for the 2014 Awards close 5pm, Friday 8 November 2013. Further information and application forms are available at the Department of Agriculture website

Science Awards Contact ph: 02 6272 2260 e:

GWRDC invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’ to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

We collaborate with our key stakeholders to coordinate and direct our investments to best address the sector’s RD&E priorities. GWRDC is funded by grapegrowers and winemakers, who pay levies on the annual winegrape crush, and the Australian Government, which provides matching funds.

For further information:
Abbey Flanagan, Communications Coordinator

Ph: 08 8273 0500 / 0401 082 124

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