Why centre research on wine?

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 as a trade commodity and a value-laden drink. Yet trade and consumption are dependent on production, which is under-researched historically and sociologically.

The Wine Studies Research Network was founded at the University of Newcastle in 2013. Humanities and social science researchers sought connections with international disciplinary colleagues for focused discussion and review to inform problem-solving in collaboration with wine producers.

The international research agenda fostered by the Network has since widened to include socially sustainable wine consumption, such as the industry and consumer benefits of low- and zero-alcohol wines

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.