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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 Eugenio Sartori
Vivao Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR)
39 via Udine
33095 Rauscedo
Tel. +39 335 600 4268

Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR)


Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR) is a cooperative nursery founded in 1933 and settled in NorthEastern Italy. VCR is worldwide regarded for the quality of its grafted vines and its 317 proprietary clonal selections of more than 50 scion varieties. In 2010, VCR produced approximately 4,000 rootstock/scion/clone combinations for a total of 55 million grafted vines, which were sold in 30 countries. VCR has partner companies in France (VCR France), the Unites States (NovaVine), and Australia (Chalmers Nurseries) that produce and sell vines from VCR clones across continents. Since 1967, VCR has established a 30-hectare experimental farm with comparison fields for clone evaluation/registration and phytosanitary selection, and a cellar for enological evaluation of proprietary clones. VCR has contracts with satellite experimental farms distributed across Italy to test varieties and clones across highly diverse environments. VCR participated to the EU project TACIS 2000-2006.


VCR will conduct field trials (i) to evaluate downy and powdery mildew-resistant selections for wine quality and optimise their crop management in different environments, (ii) to study the adaptation of Sangiovese clones to diverse growing regions and environments, (iii) to select clones that meet changing market demand.

Key persons involded

Mr Eugenio Sartori has an education in agricultural sciences. He has been the director of VCR since 1987. He is member of the Italian National Committee of the Grape Varieties. He is author of more than 20 publications on techniques of propagation and vine-growing in the nursery.

Mr Francesco Anaclerio has an education in biological sciences and enology. He is the managing director of VCR Casa40 Experimental Center. He is member of the Italian Association of Oenologists, and he has a 20-year experience in clonal and phytosanitary selection, and microvinification. He is author of 32 publications on techniques of propagation and vine-growing in the nursery.

Mrs Elisa De Luca has an education in biological sciences. She has been appointed by VCR in 2006. She is the curator of VCR germplasm repository and she is in charge of conducting phytosanitary screening, agronomic trials and clonal evaluation for registration of clones. She has expertise in ampelography, clonal and phytosanitary selection.

Material resources

VCR has 30 hectares of experimental vineyards planted with approximately 250 grapevine varieties and a variable number of clones per variety for homogeneous intra-site comparisons and connections with multiple experimental farms across Italy for multi-site comparisons in different environments of VCR proprietary clones. VCR has facilities and equipment for vine propagation, vineyard management and monitoring, a cellar and a laboratory for chemical analysis of berry composition.

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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