American Vineyard Foundation Provides 1.3 Million Dollars in 2016 Research Funding to the Wine and Grape Industry

Napa, CA – The American Vineyard Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved funding for 23 projects that cover a wide scope of viticulture and enology research needs.

The AVF received 63 proposals for grant consideration covering topics as diverse as “Genetic Resistance to Powdery Mildew” and “Tannin Polysaccharide Interaction” to “Technology to Optimize Irrigation.” Each proposal was carefully evaluated by 1 of 6 AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives and to deliver value to the industry.

“We’d like to recognize our highly qualified team of industry reviewers who volunteer considerable time and effort to review proposals,” remarked AVF Chairman Tony Stephen.  “Their technical expertise provides the AVF Board valuable guidance and direction towards the research critical for moving the industry ahead and we are grateful for their dedicated service.”

We’d also like to thank everyone who participated in our industry research survey last fall.  Your input prioritizes the needs of the industry and provides insight and direction to the research community who design and conduct projects to address these needs.

Please visit to view a list of 2016 funded projects and the results from last year’s industry research priority survey.

About the American Vineyard Foundation

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is a California corporation organized in 1978 by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture as a vehicle 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 unify the industry through an industry-wide research effort to maintain this progress. For more information visit