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Collaborative Grape & Wine Research

The National Grape & Wine Initiative is a research-focused organization representing the U.S. grape industries: wine grapes, table grapes, juice grapes and raisins. Our members are grape growers and processors, wineries and representatives of academic institutions and cooperative extension organizations committed to improving our industries. NGWI gains strength through the collective expertise, experience and commitment of our members. Join us!


NGWI Research Priorities

  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Integrated Production Systems
  • Genomics and Grapevine Improvement
  • Extension and Outreach

Featured Research Projects

Vineyard Efficiency through High-Resolution, Spatio-Temporal Crop Load Measurement and Management

The Efficient Vineyard project seeks to develop sensor and mechanization technology to measure crop load and assess canopy with real-time imaging to enhance our ability to achieve vine balance and eventually develop tools for precision viticulture.

Developing Sustainable Vineyard Water Management Strategies for Limited and Impaired Water Supplies

This important study advanced “surface renewal” technology from a complicated array of tools to a single unit capable of sending automated evapotranspiration reports to users, helping to identify signs of stress and help determine when to water.

Accelerating Grape Cultivar Improvement via Phenotyping Centers and Next Generation Markers

Known as the VitisGen Project, this research team, led by Drs. Bruce Reisch and Lance Cadle-Davidson, focuses on identifying several traits: powdery mildew resistance, low temperature responses, and fruit quality, looking to “map the way to the next generation of grapes.”