The world's biggest, busiest, most practical wine research facility isn't in California, France, Italy or Germany. It's the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide, surrounded by many of the country's key wine regions. With 100 full-time employees, paid for by government assessments on wineries and vineyards, it's bigger and, the Institute claims, better-equipped than university-affiliated enology and viticulture departments elsewhere. I spent Monday morning visiting research, development and communications managers, who filled me in on some of their compelling work.
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