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Research Winery

Developing food products, Crop research / agronomy


General description

With the establishment of a research vineyard in 2015, NIAB scientists need to produce sparkling and still wines to evaluate the impact of vineyard treatments on wine quality. The rapidly expanding English wine industry requires research support to extend the range and quality of wines available. The research winery was constructed in 2022 to create the first bespoke R&D Wine Innovation Centre in the UK.

Technical description

Covering an area of 260m2, the winery includes a pressing room, fermentation room and temperature controlled cellar. Fully automated research laboratory facilities allow us to employ advanced analytical techniques for assessing grapes, juice and wine quality. The wine making research is led by a principal UK oenologist.

Use: Product analysis (e.g. fat/texture), Trial space (e.g. glasshouse compartment)

Location: West Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ