New South Wales represents the broadest diversity of wine-production climate and terroir in Australia. Production varies between ultra-premium cool-climate vineyards, to the Riverina, NSW’s largest production region that accounts for over half of the state’s wine-grape production. NSW produces around 500,000 tonnes or 30% of the Australian wine crush.
To support wine grape growers, DPI invests in research, development and extension activities across NSW wine growing regions including:
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (then NSW Agriculture) worked in conjunction with Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Wine Industry Association (NSW WIA) to create the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) in 1997.
The NWGIC was formed with the goal:
"to become the premier institution for the integration of research, teaching, training and information exchange for the wine industry in Australia."
The prestigious Graham Gregory Award is the top citation acknowledging an individual's outstanding contribution to the NSW wine industry.
Winegrowers, winemakers, and others involved in the wine industry such as researchers, educators, leaders and innovators are encouraged to apply.
Please note, this is a retrospective award recognising outstanding contribution from the previous year.
The Australian wine industry is based on numerous diverse and geographically separated wine regions. The extent of this diversity is unique when compared with our international competitors.
Of the wine producing Australian states, NSW exemplifies this diversity more than any other state. Capturing the benefits of this diversity is due, in no small way, to skillfully matching sites with varieties.