Why humanities and social science-based wine research?

Wine drinking is not just an ordinary activity of daily life, but an extraordinary one. As opposed to food, for which we have a fundamental biological drive, wine is a matter of choice, of taste, and often denotes a cultured, not just cultural, identity.

As such its history is studied in Europe, even Britain, as a trade commodity and a value-laden drink. Yet trade and consumption are dependent on production, which is under-researched historically and sociologically.

Video: 2014 John Turner Memorial Lecture

Current projects

Vines, Wine and Identity

Vines, Wine and Identity

Supported by the ARC Linkage Project scheme, this project 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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.