WINETWORK is a thematic network funded by Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, on the control and fight against two major diseases threatening the wine sector: the grapevine trunk diseases and Flavescence Dorée. This project will allow apprehending and sharing innovative and sustainable approaches to fight these diseases.

WINETWORK project, initiated by the French institute for vine and wine (IFV) in April 2015 for a duration of 30 months, aims to develop a thematic network of exchange and transfer of knowledge and innovation around two important grapevine diseases. This project gather 11 partners from 7 European countries (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Croatia and Hungary) representing 90% of European wine production. The topics of Flavescence Dorée and Grapevine Trunk Diseases have been selected for this project because of the strong resurgence of GTD since a few years, and because these 2 diseases have strong economic consequences. Their study, their understanding and the research of local context adapted solutions are a priority for winegrowers.
 
Based on an original methodology of innovation detection, already tested in other European projects, WINETWORK will improve exchanges between research and practice. This methodology is based on three key elements: the facilitator agents, the technical working groups and the scientific working groups. The facilitator agent is a new professional profile, whose role is to be the link between research and field, technician and winegrowers. 10 facilitator agents are participating in this project, one in each European wine region. (Alsace, South-West, Douro, Rioja, Galicia, Istria, Rhineland Palatinate, Piemonte, Veneto Fruili and Eger). During this project, the facilitator agent will collect information about his region, collect winegrower’s practices on GTD and FD management, create and adapt knowledge material accessible for all. 
 
The facilitator agents will have also to animate technical working groups, composed by technicians, advisers and winegrowers. The main function of these technical working group is to provide a macro-vision of the situation in each region. Their role is crucial for actions of promotion and dissemination thanks to the local network of each member of the group. The technical working groups collect good practices and field innovations and collaborate to the preparation of end users adapted materials.  
 
At the same time, the facilitator agents are assisted by the European scientific working groups, gathering scientists of the entire Europe to create understandable and accessible knowledge on grapevine trunk diseases and Flavescence Dorée. 
 
The success of this methodology is the direct relationship through the facilitator agents between winegrowers, scientists and entity of reference in the sector. WINETWORK project, based on a participative process at regional and European scale, will allow, by the end of the 30 months, to stimulate exchanges between scientists and practitioners, to develop an accessible technical and scientific knowledge reservoir, to increases exchanges on innovation needs between European wine regions and to bring out innovative techniques, or research needs. This project will have scientific, practical and economic repercussions all over Europe. 
 
For an effective communication around the project and its results, WINETWORK has created its website. Essential communication tool, available in 8 languages, the website will inventory the knowledge through educative and communication material free and open. Do not hesitate to consult it! www.winetwork.eu
The French institute for vine and wine (IFV) comes from the merger, in 2007 of the Technical National Establishment for the Improvement of the Vine growing (ENTAV) and the Technical Institute of vine and wine (ITV France). The IFV drives studies for the whole wine-producing sector, in the domains of vegetable selection, vine growing, wine making and marketing of products. The Institute, whose head office is based in Grau du Roi in the Gard, has experimental sites in all the French wine-making regions. These sites are equipped with experimental plots, technological halls, cellars for mini-wine makings and analysis laboratories. The Institute account 140 collaborators with an annual budget close to 11 million euros.
 
More information on our website www.vignevin.com 
 
Contact Eric Serrano et Fanny Prezman 
05 63 33 62 62
fanny.prezman@vignevin.com

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°652601.