Wine Studies Research Network project – Vines, Wine and Identity: NSW and Changing Australian Taste is a world-first historical sociological study

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Vines, Wine and Identity

Max Dupain Climbing out after cleaning the inside of a barrel, Mount Pleasant winery, 1950, Courtesy of the National Library of AustraliaSupported by the ARC Linkage Project scheme, Vines, Wine and Identity: NSW and Changing Australian Taste focuses on Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley NSW, to understand how a product that 50 years ago was considered 'unAustralian' has become a lifeblood of some regions and a new national drink

This Wine Studies Research Network project is a world-first historical sociological study, which has a two-pronged purpose:

  • Firstly, it aims to uncover the iconic region's history and heritage. This will build knowledge about the significance of the industry to the region's wine producing community, the Hunter, and the nation.
  • Secondly, it will look at how Hunter Valley producers have changed the Australian drinking culture by creating a taste for their wines.

An example of the University's commitment to producing world-class research through regional partnerships, the project will involve collaboration with both the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and Newcastle Museum.

In collaborating on this project the Hunter wine community not only secures itself a better future by understanding its past, but contributes to new understanding of Australia's role in a critical global sector, and the nation's growing taste for wine.

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Max Dupain Grapes pouring into the press, Mount Pleasant winery, 1950, Courtesy the National Library of Australia

Images: (top of page) Climbing out after cleaning the inside of a barrel, Mount Pleasant winery, 1950. (Above) Grapes pouring into the press, Mount Pleasant winery, 1950. Both by Max Dupain, courtesy of the National Library of Australia.