| Partnerships, alliances, relationships and sponsorships
Viticulture and Oenology (DVO) & Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)
At the national level there is research collaboration with the IWBT, as well as the Departments of Horticulture (co-supervision of a PhD study), Mechanical Engineering, Geography and Environmental Studies and Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University.
There are also collaborations with the Agricultural Research Council - Infruitec/Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch, Distell and various estates in the Western Cape area.
Regular technology transfer to the wine industry takes place in the form of lectures arranged by the Department itself, VINPRO, Winetech as well as South African Society for Enology and Viticulture.
Dr Wessel du Toit has research collaborations with the Slovenian Agricultural Institute, Slovenia, Department of Chemistry, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Department of Food Science, University of Milan, Italy.
Profs Alain Deloire and Maret du Toit, and Dr Benoit Divol, also coordinate our on-going involvement with three Erasmus Mundus programmes: the International Vintage Masters Degree at the University of Angers, as well as the Vinifera EuroMaster at Montpellier SupAgro and Oenodoc PhD consortium at the Faculty of Oenology, Bordeaux, which involve exchanges of students and lecturers between the different institutes.
There is research collaboration with the Departments of Chemistry, Food Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry (co-supervision of student), Post Harvest Technology (Horticulture), Soil Science, Chemical Process Engineering, and Viticulture and Oenology, Stellenbosch University; the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rhodes University; the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Cape Town; the Agricultural Research Council - Infruitec/Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch; and Distell.
There is research collaboration with the Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim, Germany; Max Rubner Institute, Karlsruhe, Germany (NRF bilateral agreement); Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Université Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux, France; Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France; Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France (NRF bilateral agreement); Edmund Mach Foundation, San Michele, Italy; Universität Roviri i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain; Instituto de fermentaciones Industriales (CSIC), Madrid, Spain; Nofima Mat, Centre for Biospectroscopy and Data Modeling, Ås, Norway; Swiss Wine Research Institute, Wädenswil, Switzerland; Department of Viticulture and Oenology (co-supervision of PhD student), University of California, Davis, USA; Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Bioinformatics and Chemometrics at Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC), Umeå University, Sweden; Wageningen University, The Netherlands and Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (NRF bilateral agreement), as well as ICVV (Instituto de las Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino, Logroño, Spain.
Sponsors: Viticulture and Oenology (DVO) & Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)
Funding for research and experimentation is generated through contributions from various sources, including the South African Table Grape Industry, the National Research Foundation, THRIP, Winetech and the Pinotage Association, as well as private companies such as Anchor Yeast/Oenobrands, Lallemand, Chr Hansen and Thales Wine Cellar Services and Institut Oenologique de Champagne.