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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.


Mr. Reinhard Töpfer
JKI-Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof
76833 Siebeldignen
Tel. +49 634 541 115

Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)


JKI Geilweilerhofis a public grapevine breeding institute funded by the German Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumers Protection. It is in charge of breeding new grapevine cultivars combining high wine quality and fungal disease resistance for sustainable viticulture in Germany. Furthermore, is maintains the German grapevine repository comprising of about 3000 accessions. More than 50 % of the collection consists of genotypes conferring resistances mostly originating from American Vitis species. It is coordinator of the Deutsche Genbank Reben and is managing the international databases on genetic resources ( and The institute applies marker assisted selection in its breeding program. Markers have been successfully developed for powdery mildew, downy mildew and Phylloxera.


In WP1, JKI will test and contribute to improve nondestructive phenotyping tools. In WP2 JKI will provide vinyards with cultivars and breeding strains being tested at different plant protection regimes. A second trial will compare different management systems. In WP3 JKI-Gf will participate in the exploitation of genetic resources, marker development and generation of plant material for common pre-breeding.

Key persons involded

Dr. R. Töpfer is the head of the Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof coordinating the team. Main interests are grapevine breeding, genomics, grapevine genetic resources.

Dr.R. Eibach is a grapevine breeder and viticulturist. He is managing the breeding program. Application of MAS has developed into a routine procedure. He is performing field trials comparing cultivars and management conditions.

Prof. E. Zyprian (PhD) is teaching at KIT. She has established the first genetic maps and is pioneer establishing new marker systems. Her main interests are genetic mapping and molecular dissection of traits. She was coordinating the KBBE project GRASP.

Dr. L. Hausmann is working on genomics unraveling a Phylloxera locus in V. cinerea and working on the identification of Black rot resistance loci. He is partner in the Trilateral project GrapeReSeq.

Material resources

JKI-Gf runs about 20 ha vineyards and a grapevine repository carrying more than 3000 cultivars, breeding strains, and wild Vitis species. Phenotyping for disease resistance (mildew) is done for more than 10 years in the grapevine repository. Facilities for genotyping (ABI 3130xl) are available as well as for transcript and SNP analyses (Fluidigm Biomark). Phenotyping in the field is done according to OIV criteria and for wine quality using FTIR-Analysis of must, GC and GC/MS for aroma compounds, LC for amino acids and anthocyanins.

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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