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Current and completed projects are categorised by committees and programmes. Final reports are also available for download.

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Programme overview

The Grapevine Virus and Phytoplasma Research Programme aims to alleviate the serious virus and virus-like disease problems in the South African wine industry by thorough characterisation of grapevine virus and virus-like pathogens, to develop strategies to manage the diseases they cause, to prevent further spread of these diseases, and to use the latest technologies for the establishment of genetic resistance in wine grape cultivars in the longer term.

Programme overview

Studies regarding terroir involve characterisation of the environment (geology, soil, landscape, climate); monitoring the vine (water status, canopy structure, growth, phenology, yield, berry composition) and evaluating/typifying wine character (sensory analysis) and composition together with the use of powerful computer aids such as geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical methods to manipulate and integrate the data.

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The pest and disease programme aim to gain a better understanding of the pests and diseases of grapevine to be able to improve management strategies that will allow for more effective pest and disease control without any negative impact on the environment and human health.

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The Winetech Grapevine and Wine Biology Program app lies physiological, cellular, molecular and system biological approaches with the aim - to further our understanding of wine biological systems (grapevine, yeast and bacteria) - to provide access to, and to better exploit the natural genetic diversity of grapevines and existing microbial biodiversity - to apply novel insights to improve these biological systems and their application to better respond to wine industry needs

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The intent of this programme is to work in partners hip with the industry and be the promoter of oenological innovation that will help South African winemakers meet the challenges of an ever changing and multifaceted and volatile export market, while continuing to improve the product in the consumer’s glass. This programme will incorporate all aspects of winemaking, from harvesting of the grapes to sensorial evaluation of the final botteled wine. A well-designed, well- financed and well-executed programme of research an d technology development and transfer is absolutely essential for building innovativeness and international competitiveness in the South African Wine Industry.

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The Technology Transfer programme forms a very important and crucial part of Winetech’s research, development and technology transfer goals, because it ensures a strategic advantage to the end-users of the technology in the wine industry. The function of the Technology Transfer programme is to ensure that all Winetech funded research results are transferred effectively to all role-players in the wine industry. It also needs to ensure that research priorities as identified by industry are addressed. This programme endeavours to make available procedures by which appropriate technology, developed at the research centre, could be communicated in a workable format to the transferors and users thereof. The procedures for technology transfer as well as the technology being transferred, should be technically and economically feasible. This transfer, be it by means of extension officers, consultants, researchers, lecturers or other role-players, could take place o n an individual basis or in a group or community context and could be done either free of charge or at a fee.

Programme overview

This committee, firstly, has the responsibility to ensure that world class means - i.e. manpower, facilities, funds – be available for the training and development of human resources so as to further the rest of the Winetech programmes. These means should be cost effective, focused on the South African wine industry and applied to train and develop the following: - Educators at universities, universities of technology, technical colleges and schools.; - Creators of technology (students in research and science) ; - Transferors of technology (e.g. consultants, information officers, technical field personnel); - Practitioners of technology (e.g. producers, wine- makers); - Managers.