GWRDC renews focus with five new working principles – Media Release

Future Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) investments in innovation and adoption (I&A) activities will be guided by five new working principles, following an independent review.

‘GWRDC is committed to helping increase the rate of adoption of research and development (R&D) outcomes funded by the wine sector and Australian Government’, said GWRDC Executive Director, Dr Stuart Thomson.

‘Using these principles, GWRDC will have a renewed focus on promoting collaboration, providing value for money and resulting in outcomes that benefit the Australian grape and wine industry’, he said.

Through future investments, GWRDC will:

  • Ensure value
  • Extend information better, using a range of tools
  • Continue to co-invest with the regions
  • Make information more accessible
  • Extend a proven model with the states and territories.

These principles are outlined in GWRDC’s response to the independent review, available at

‘The independent review of our innovation and adoption activities was commissioned in late 2013 to provide high-level, independently sourced information to assist us review our current innovation and extension offering’, Dr Thomson said.

‘The review was further complemented by other sources of information including feedback from regions, workshops and one-to-one stakeholder discussions.’

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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.

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