and Oenology
Faculty of AgriSciences Stellenbosch University

Welkom - Welcome - Wamkelekile

Macrowine 2014

On behalf of the local Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 5th International Macrowine Conference on macromolecules and secondary metabolites of grapevine and wine, in Stellenbosch, South Africa from 7 – 10  September, 2014. Please visit the webpage for more information.

Please note: The Macrowine 2014 webpage is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox, as Internet Explorer does not comply with the template used.

Postgraduate Applications 2015

Postgraduate applications for 2015 is now open. Please select the Postgraduate studies link


Please read about our training at the Institute in an article that was published in the WineLand of October 2013. Please click here


The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT) was established at Stellenbosch University in 1995 as part of a knowledge partnership and strategic alliance between Stellenbosch University, the wine industry (Wine Industry Network of Expertise and Technology: Winetech) and the SA government in particular through Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP). Prof Sakkie Pretorius was the first director of the IWBT, which forms part of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University.

Vision and mission

To be a nationally and internationally competitive centre of excellence in wine and grapevine biotechnology that, by means of visionary training and innovative research, provides the South African grapevine and wine industry with

  • well-trained human resources;
  • cutting-edge technology;
  • expert knowledge; and
  • environmentally friendly products and practices.


The IWBT is situated in the JH Neethling building [MAP]. In addition to offices, lecture rooms, a board room and an auditorium, the Institute has well-equipped cellular and molecular biology laboratories for the investigation of grapevine and wine microorganisms (yeast and bacteria). Other facilities include a chemical analytical laboratory, a laboratory for tissue cultures, a greenhouse for transgenic plants and an experimental wine cellar.


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LAST UPDATED: 29-May-2014