The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) has announced its 2024/2025 funding allocations for a dozen projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs.  The AVF relies on voluntary industry contributions to support both ongoing research and new high priority projects.

Fifty-four proposals were submitted by researchers from around the country for projects covering breeding and germplasm, cultural practices, pest and disease, enology and education and outreach.  Each was evaluated by one of five AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives, and for delivering value to the industry.

This year’s funding focuses on several top industry concerns expressed by our members.  These range from new irrigation strategies to help combat climate change, to addressing smoke taint issues, to improvements that will advance nursery practices.  The AVF has also continued its support of regional seminars that update growers and vintners with our latest industry research findings.  The need for wine industry research is constant and ever evolving, and we’re sincerely grateful for the support of our grower and vintner communities to maintain healthy research activity.

“This summer we will be conducting our periodic industry research priority survey, and we encourage your participation,” remarked AVF Chairman Nick Dokoozlian.  This is your opportunity to identify and rank your top research priorities to help guide AVF project funding going forward.”

About the American Vineyard Foundation – The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) was founded in 1978 by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) to raise funds for research in viticulture and enology.  Basic and applied research has made the American grape and wine industry the world’s leader.  The AVF provides a unique opportunity to advance the wine industry through industry-wide research efforts to maintain this progress.

The AVF operates as a 501(c)3 public charity under IRS tax-exempt regulations and all contributions are tax deductible.  Our federal tax ID is #94-2638230.