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The InnoVine consortium is composed of 27 partners combining the expertise of more than 100 grape and wine researchers or producers.  Partners come from 7 European countries concentrating most of the European vineyards surface and contrasted environmental, economic and societal conditions.

The teams involved cover a wide range of scientific disciplines in viticulture (e.g. grapevine genetics and breeding, physiology, ecology, epidemiology, pathology) and technical expertise in statistics, phenotyping, databases, modelling, DSS and development of monitoring devices. About half of the partnership is public, and half is composed of private organisations, including SMEs, a large winery company and a nursery cooperative.


Dr Manfred Stoll
Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim
Von-Lade-Str. 1
65366 Geisenheim
Tel. +49 672 250 2141

Geisenheim Research Centre (GRC)


GRC conducts applied and basic oriented research and teaching in the fields of Viticulture, Oenology, Beverage Technology, Horticulture and related subjects. GRC aims at bridging basic and applied sciences thus bringing basic research into application in the field for the benefit of consumers, growers, advisors and public administration.


GRC will participate in WP1, WP2 and WP4. Modelling tools are the basis for climate change research and consequently, the GRC is currently developing the first FACE (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) facility for horticulture and viticulture worldwide. The GRC has access to experimental vineyards, important for conducting the experiments on vineyard management adaptations (WP2) or implementing the DSS (WP4).

Key persons involded

Dr. Manfred Stoll (PhD, Dipl. Biol, Dipl. Ing) is current head of the department of viticulture and leads the team. As a biologist and viticulturist his research aims to improve our ecophysiological understanding on grapevines and implementing such results to applied management practices. His specific areas of research include: thermal imagery and proxy sensing; vineyard adaptation and variability to environmental stress as well as the impact of climate change to current and future production.

Dr. Susanne Tittmann (Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Biol) is research scientist at the department of viticulture. Her main focus is on ecophysiology/plant physiology in response to a changing environment by using non-invasive methodologies to determine plant water or nutrition status and to establish proxy-sensing technologies in early pathogen detection as well as estimating fruit quality.

Prof. Dr. Beate Berkelmann-Löhnertz (Dr. sc. agr., Dipl. Biol.) is senior research plant pathologist at the Department of Phytomedicine and head of the working group “Grape diseases and control”. In the last decade she focused her research projects on environmentally sound control strategies, e.g. copper reduction in organic viticulture and on “new” grape diseases, e.g. black rot. Another specific research area deals with the elaboration and validation of a new disease forecast model for downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola).

Prof. Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz is the acting director of the GRC. He has previously been the head of the Institute of viticulture and grapevine breeding until 2009 with research interests in general viticulture, environmental stress physiology, climate change, modelling and secondary metabolites of grapes. He has a long lasting history in publishing in international well recognized journals and acts as a reviewer in many areas of plant sciences.

Material Resources

GRC will provide other partners with access to a FACE-system (Free air carbon enrichment) for grapevines using Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The GRC has access to 24ha own experimental vineyards, available for WP2 and WP4. At the GRC the entire production chain from field to the final product are available and a wide range of different eco-physiological measuring techniques as well as experiences in modelling and pathogen monitoring will be available.

European Union
Innovine is a European collaborative project that has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 311775.
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