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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the dried grape industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

Dried grape 2017 industry R&D exchange program

Project Code: DG17000

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

This short project supported an industry study tour, completed in September, which allowed Australian dried grape producers to gain first-hand research knowledge and insights from the United States, which is currently the world’s leading producer of dried grapes.

The project facilitated the organisation of the tour, and subsidised grower participation. The tour group visited a range of facilities and organisations to talk to leaders in research, on-farm production, processing and packaging. Among the highlights, the group saw a new self-drying variety that could reduce labour costs, saw opportunities for automation of vineyard operations, and were updated on collaborative research into vine physiology.

A quick recap of the tour is available here, with further learnings to be shared in industry channels, including in the upcoming January-March 2018 edition of The Vine.

Producing high value dried grapes stage 2
Objective colour assessment options for the dried grape industry + Evaluating a visible imaging and near-infrared spectroscopy technique for dried grape colour assessment 

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the dried grape industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.

Evaluation of dried and table grapes varieties

Project Code: MT15026

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Beginning in 2016, this multi-industry project will deliver new grape varieties for both the dried grape and table grape industries. For dried grapes it will deliver new, consistently high yielding, rain-tolerant varieties targeted to produce a premium light-coloured, globally differentiated product to enhance value.

New rootstocks to improve production and water use efficiency, sustainability and reduce risks of dried grape production
Dried grape industry development project stage 2
Australian dried fruit communications program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the dried grape page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4

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Dried Grape Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Dried grape SIP at a glance

Dried grape SIP

The Dried Grape Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the dried grape industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.

The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving dried grape growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's dried grape Relationship Manager, Will Gordon, by phone on 0427 920 924 or by email .

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Dried Grape Mildura, VIC August 1, 2016
Dried Grape Melbourne, VIC May 25 and 26, 2017
Dried Grape Mildura, VIC October 4, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the dried grape industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Will Gordon
Relationship Manager Lead

T 03 9691 3525
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Dianne Phan
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2350
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Industry representative body: Dried Fruits Australia

PO Box 5042
Mildura, VIC 3502
T 03 5023 5174
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