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IFV – Institut FranÇais de la Vigne et du Vin

Address:  17 rue Jean Chandon Moët
  20046 – 51202 Epernay cedex(FRANCE)
(+33) (03) 2651500
(+33) (03) 26515089


Institut Francais de la Vigne et du Vin (IFV)

The head office is located in the South of France, in Espiguette at Grau du Roi near Montpellier in the Gard. The IFV is a technical agency that serves all stakeholders in the wine industry. The IFV has about 150 employees, including doctors, engineers, technicians, nursery workers and administrators who work in units that are located all over vine areas in France.

The missions of the IFV are as follows:  

   Implementation of research results, help technical innovations and support the transfer of technologies in the wine sector

   Elaboration and communication of technical and economical issues in references to the wine industry

   Undertaking of sanitary and genetic selections of grapevine varieties and ensuring their conservation and supply

   Evaluation and propagation of new grapevine varieties

   Ensure the conservation and management of the genetic variety of micro-organisms

   Gather and circulate all technical documents that are of interest to professionals in the wine industry

   Exploit and protect the research done in the interest of the French community through trademarks and patents

   Contribute to the development of the professionals and technicians of the wine industry.

General organization

 The activities of IFV are conducted in three departments as follows:

(1) Selection of grape plant material (rootstocks)

The main objective for this department is to offer the industry grapevine varieties that are tolerant to diseases and adapted to climate change. Research areas include breeding, genetic selection and monitoring of health vine clones, conservation and distribution of information to the wine industry.

(2) Vine and soil management

The main objective for this department is to promote sustainable viticulture and to remain competitive. Research areas include organic viticulture, reduction of inputs, alternatives to chemical control, sustainable land management and enhancement of wine territories and landscapes and controlling vine diseases. 

(3) Wine production and marketing

The main objective for this department is to meet consumer expectations and the changing domestic and global markets. Research areas include innovation on wine and packaging materials, reduction of inputs in oenology and effluent management, microbial ecology, hygiene and control changes of ions, food security and wine and health link.

(4)Sustainable National Department

The national center conducts research lasting for many years on the treatment of effluents from wine cellars in conjunction with optimal management of water, waste and by-products. The division's director, Joel ROCHARD coordinated a working group on the topic of waste within the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. And he published a scientific reference work "Winery wastewaters, management and treatment", 2001, Editions Feret ( theme is also developed in his work on sustainable viticulture "Treaty of sustainable viticulture and oenology, 2005, Future editions Enology ( He participated in the development of different processes and equipment to contribute to many wineries in France in Europe and provide expertise in the various countries of the New World.


: Different research units of IFV all over France


The IFV normally receives about 11 million euros per annum. About 60% comes from the ministry of agriculture. European grants, national and regional resources represent 30% of the structure. The remaining 10% is generated by services and through commercialization of plant-material. In 2009, through providing services in viticulture and oenology at the national level and marketing of plant material - nationally and internationally, turnovers of about 331k € and 550k €, respectively were obtained.