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 Vineyard Production Systems
- Genetics 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.
VitisGen2: Application Of Next Generation Technologies To Accelerate Grapevine Cultivar Development
In the second phase of this game-changing research, the VitisGen team will expand on progress made in developing novel economic, phenotyping and genetics knowledge and tools related to new grape cultivars. And they plan to translate these and previous VitisGen innovations into new applications for improving grape breeding programs and managing existing vineyard plantings.