The NSW Government through the NSW Department of Primary Industry have agreed partnership programs with NSW Wine, alongside three viticulture development officers to support the development and growth of the NSW wine industry.

Research and Development

Every year three research and development programs are deployed across NSW for the wine industry targeting set criteria, objectives and outcomes.

The Skills Development Program is a five year $1.25m NSW government agreement with an annual program developed by both NSW Wine and NSW DPI and delivered by viticulture development officers. The key focus is industry skills development through applied science and research with practical outcomes to increased grape and wine quality. It is delivered via workshops, information tours and sessions, field days and publications.

The Greater NSW and Riverina Regional Program is a five year $875,000 program funded from industry grape and wine levies via Wine Australia. Both programs are developed annually in partnership with NSW DPI and delivered by NSW DPI viticulture development officers. The focus of these two programs is to improve regional competitiveness and sustainability through extending research into adoption by industry. It is delivered via trials, workshops, in field demonstrations and extensions materials.

Extension Services

The NSW DPI have three development officers across NSW to provide crucial advice and services to the wine industry.

Darren Fahey - Orange Agricultural Institute 1447 Forest Road Orange NSW 2800  M: 0457842874 | E: darren.fahey@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Dr Katie Dunne - 200 Murray Road Hanwood NSW 2680  M: 0429361563 E: katie.dunne@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Maggie Jarrett - Orange Agricultural Institute 1447 Forest Road Orange NSW 2800  M: 0436388917  E: ​madeline.jarrett@dpi.nsw.gov.au 

NSW DPI Online Resources

The NSW DPI has dedicated online resources for grape growers at NSW Grapes.

Important updates are provided through Vinewatch News from the DPI and also the NSW Weather Station Network.

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

May, June, July 2022

NSW Wine Regional Trade Tasting

NSW Wine is hosting a series of regional tastings for the on-premise trade in Sydney. Part 1 focuses on the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, the Canberra District & Orange, with additional Parts taking place later in the year. For more info email:


July 2022

Free On-Premise workshops

Register for free workshops that will assist NSW wine businesses become stronger in the NSW On-Premise channel.


October 2022

2022 NSW Wine Awards Judging

Entries into the 27th annual ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards will open in July 2022, with judging taking place at ICC Sydney in October.


TBC 2022

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2022.


March 2023

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards will open in early 2023. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2022 #nswwinestar click below.

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