Collaborative Grape & Wine Research
NGRA aligns the priorities for research across the U.S. grape industries: wine grapes, table grapes, juice grapes and raisins.
Our monthly newsletter is uniquely attuned to grape research. It’s a snapshot of what NGRA is up to, what issues we’re tracking, what grape research is yielding results, and what universities and federal agencies have job opportunities for scientists.
2022 National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference
Do you work in a viticulture or enology extension or outreach role? Join us in California’s San Joaquin Valley, August 14-17, 2022, to network with colleagues, share best-practices, and see wine, table grape and raisin production at the height of the season. Tickets are on sale now!
Featured Research Projects
Efficient Vineyard, 2015-2019
The Efficient Vineyard project seeks to develop sensor and mechanization technology to measure crop load and assess canopy with real-time imaging to enhance our ability to achieve vine balance and eventually develop tools for precision viticulture. This project has now concluded.
High-Resolution Vineyard Nutrient Management, 2020-2023
This project seeks to enable grape growers to make data-driven nutrient-management decisions for spatially heterogenous vineyards and diverse production markets, proposing to develop grower-friendly decision-aid tools for vineyard nutrient management to optimize inputs and business profitability via improved vineyard productivity and fruit and product quality, while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment.
In the second phase of this game-changing research, the VitisGen2 team will expand on progress made in developing novel economic, phenotyping and genetics knowledge and tools related to new grape cultivars. And they plan to translate these and previous VitisGen innovations into new applications for improving grape breeding programs and managing existing vineyard plantings.