On-farm inventory of minor grrape varieties in the European Vitis Database

Project coordinator
Dr. Erika Maul

Project preparer
Erika Maul.; Reinhard Töpfer

Cooperation partner
Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein- und Obstbau
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
Comunidad de Madrid
Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation
Instituto Nacional de Investigacao Agrária e Veterinária, Portugal
Albania Agricultural University of Tirana Koder-Kamez, Gene Bank (Albanische GenBank, Landwirtschaftliche Universität von Tirana)
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbien
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Kroatien
13. jul Plantaze, Montenegro
University of Novi Sad
Centro di ricerca per la Viticoltura

Term
2017-01-01 to 2019-12-31

Overall objective of the project:
In the last decade minor and neglected grape varieties - recovered via prospections or from germplasm repositories - gained reputation. These varieties in situ/on-farm maintenance by winegrowers assist to broaden their genetic basis, because clonal diversity can evolve and is simultaneously preserved. Wines from these rare varieties are unique and hence niche products and provide a high added value. Marketing is connected to historical aspects of the variety and promoted by attributes like "indigenous, old, rare, neglected, forgotten, lost and recovered". An inventory of on-farm producers is intended as a framework addressed to wine growers and wine consumers at once. The information should e.g. enable the exchange of experience, facilitate access to propagation material and inform wine consumers where to find the products of rare varieties. In addition the on-farm-inventory would contribute to monitor preservation of the old and rare varieties.