CV – Helene Nieuwoudt

Dr Helene Nieuwoudt
South African Grape and Wine Research Institute, South Africa


RESEARCH FOCUS: infrared spectroscopy, wine sensory and consumer behaviour aspects

Dr Nieuwoudt completed a PhD in Wine Biotechnology at the Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT), Stellenbosch University in 2004. After completing a Claude Leon Post-Doctoral fellowship at the IWBT, she was appointed as a researcher in 2007 with specific focus on the application of infrared spectroscopy for non-destructive quality control of table and wine grapes and wine. Dr Nieuwoudt received extensive industry funding from Winetech and the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) for her research portfolio that expanded over time to include wine sensory evaluation and consumer behaviour research. Close industry collaboration was established between her research program and the Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa, resulting in pioneering and long-term initiatives of benefit to both academia and industry. Many postgraduate students (honours, masters, PhD) graduated from this multi-disciplinary and integrated programme. Dr Nieuwoudt retired as a full-time senior researcher at the South African Grape and Wine Research Institute (SAGWRI) Stellenbosch University at the end of 2020. She is continuing her involvement with SAWGRI in a part-time capacity in 2021 and is involved with supervision of post-graduate students.

Physical address (office) and relevant contact details
Room 1028, JH Neethling Building, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch University.
Email:, Mobile: 082 786 2644