The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), located here at the Waite, is looking for people interested in wine tasting to join its sensory evaluation panel. Sensory panelists provide detailed descriptions of wines and play a fundamental role in research projects that contribute to the Australian wine industry.

All training will be provided in wine evaluation for the selected applicants. Selection will depend on performance in a set of sensory aptitude tests which will be conducted at the AWRI.
Ideally, applicants would:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have good verbal communication skills
  • Be in good general health
  • Have no allergies related to wines.

These positions are offered on a casual basis. Currently, panellists are required to be available Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am-12:30 pm.

Successful candidates will be contacted prior to a study commencing and asked if they are available to participate for the duration of the project, usually a block of two to four weeks. There will be periods where no tastings occur and others when a greater number of hours may be required.

During panel work, there will be some sessions which will be group discussions and tastings, with others being individual independent assessments in tasting booths, followed by rest periods. In all studies wine will be expectorated (spat-out) so elevated blood alcohol levels should not be a concern.

For further information about the AWRI sensory panel positions, please contact

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