The American Vineyard Foundation Provides $1.2 Million Annual Funding for Wine and Grape Industry Research in 2021

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce new funding for eighteen projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs.   The AVF relies on voluntary industry contributions to support ongoing research and to provide funding for new high priority projects.  “Considering the challenges our industry faced over the past year, we are impressed with our level of research funding and are proud that our members maintained such generous support through difficult times,” AVF Chairman Tony Stephen sincerely acknowledged.

The AVF received 72 proposals for grant consideration covering diverse topics from “Sudden Vine Collapse” and “Evaluating Candidate Traits for Drought Tolerance” to “Baseline Smoke-Taint Volatiles & Glycosides.” Each proposal was evaluated by one of five AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives and delivering value to the industry.

AVF members are surveyed on a periodic basis to determine which issues are in most need of research.  “We encourage broad participation when we conduct our 2021 Industry Research Priority Survey later this year,” AVF Manager Scott Deitrick emphasized.  “This is your opportunity to identify and rank your top research priorities to help guide AVF project funding going forward.”

To view the full list of 2021 funded projects, browse prior research summaries and see the latest survey results, please visit

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. For more information visit