The American Vineyard Foundation Provides Record $1.5 Million Annual Funding for Wine and Grape Industry Research in 2019

The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce new funding for twenty-six projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs.   The AVF relies on voluntary contributions to support ongoing research and to provide funding for new high priority projects.  “We are grateful for the very generous contributions of our growers and vintners that have enabled us to achieve our highest level of annual funding yet and we are proud to see the wide scope of research underway,” emphasized Chairman Tony Stephen.

The AVF received 67 proposals for grant consideration covering topics diverse as “Grape Smoke Exposure Effects” and “Evaluating Candidate Traits for Drought Tolerance” to “Red Blotch Disease & Deficit Irrigation.” Each proposal was evaluated by one of the five AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives and to deliver value to the industry.

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

To view the full list of 2019 funded projects, browse prior research summaries and see the latest survey results, please visit

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