Since 2008, nearly $30 million in grants have been awarded to grape research projects with which NGWI is associated. These projects target our four theme areas, outlined below. Organized as committees comprised of industry members knowledgeable in each topic area, these theme areas enable us to target needs for further study, and spearhead activities that ensure projects are funded, objectives are achieved and outreach/education efforts are in place to benefit industry.

NGWI-supported projects involve multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-state collaboration and target issues that no single grape sector could adequately address on its own. Leadership and funding is provided through creative public-private partnerships among government, academic and nonprofit organizations and private businesses committed to research, development and adoption of best practices in the American grape and wine industries. 

To learn more about how projects are identified and vetted, check out our Research Process. And click Current Research at left to see what we’re working on now. 

NGWI Theme Areas


Natural Resources and Environment

Focuses on water use and sustainability, remote sensing for monitoring vine and soil water status, soil health and sustainability, and climate change.


Integrated Production Systems

Spans agronomics, remote and proximal sensors for improving production efficiency, vineyard design, mechanization, and improved pest- and disease-management systems.


Genomics and Grapevine Improvement

Cultivates advances in genomics, bioinformatics, traditional breeding, marker-assisted selection, molecular physiology, cultivar and clonal selection, and disease-free plant materials.


Extension and Outreach

Supports the national, state and regional objectives of extension and outreach specialists; ensures that research is put into practical application and that field observations for knowledge are bubbled up.