Modern grapevines

IGA has resequenced the genomes of more than 120 grape varieties, sampled from the whole range of continental distribution of viticulture. Funding was provided by three complementary projects at national, transnational and EU levels. The project Vigneto has funded the resequencing of 51 varieties predominantly cultivated in the Italian peninsula and locally regarded as flagships of local wine districts. The project VISO has funded the resequencing of rare varieties grown in the crossborder area of Italy-Slovenia, a geographical passage that since Roman times has connected viticulture in Western Europe with viticulture in the Danubian basin. This set includes the variety Zametovka, the oldest living specimen of a domesticated grape. The ERC project Novabreed has funded the resequencing of a set of 50 grape varieties that captures phenotypic diversity across the continental range of viticulture, including wine and table grapes from the Atlantic coast to the oasis of Central Asia.

Details on Italian varieties are given in the book: Italian wine grape varieties: their viticultural characterization (2015) Gianni Sartori Editore.

Funding was provided by three complementary projects at national, transnational and EU levels .

Funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture (MIPAAF), EU Cross-border cooperation Italy-Slovenia, European Research Council

Status: Novabreed, current project; Vigneto project, completed; VISO project, completed