What we do

We select, create and make available the vine varieties of tomorrow

to our licensees !

What is varietal creation?

Scientific rigor is the principle value of the trademark and is the core of the IFV and INRA selection centers’ strategies

  • Exploit the natural diversity of vine varieties, select the best clones and disseminate through pre multiplication units approved with an ENTAV-INRA® license agreement, thus enabling an optimal managing of the production process.
  • Promote the health quality based on rigorous specifications (accredited laboratory, leading-edge skills, technological tools such as sequencers, etc.)

We want to provide nurseries and winegrowers innovative solutions while anticipating their needs and aligning ourselves more closely with their expectations!

From now on, winegrowing must deal with challenges related to wood disease, the reduction of phytosanitary products, climate change along with competition coming from the New World vine growers.

That is why creating a long term resistant to downy mildew and oidium plant material adapted to pedoclimatic conditions with honorable organoleptic qualities is one of the major challenges facing INRA and the IFV.

Listing new clones and new varieties includes a series of agronomy, oenological and sanitary evaluations, accompanied by virus testing which can last 10 to 15 years. Clones marketed today and listed in the catalogue comply with health criteria and agronomy and oenological qualities which ensure the vine growers a top level vine selection.

The INRA RESDUR program initiated by INRA in Colmar in 2000 is coming to an end with the coming listing of the first four resistant varieties. These new varieties are protected by the so-called PVC (Proprietary Variety Certificate) available to nursery professionals.

Royalties collected from the licensees for using the trade mark, are used to finance research programs related to vine selection and guarantee innovation and research carried out by the IFV, INRA and their 36 vine selection partners.

Create tomorrow’s varieties

Research continues and is the backbone of the trade mark. The 4 main challenges it faces includes:

  • agronomic and technological quality
  • competitiveness
  • adaptation to climate change
  • respect for the environment

To deal with these challenges, it’s only strong and supported research which can create tomorrow’s varieties in view of generating real performance.

Agronomic and technological quality

The agronomic and technological quality is an important challenge which involves distinct steps: choice of progenitors, quick evaluation of presence of genes of interest, agronomic, organoleptic and environmental evaluation in the field.

Adaptation to climate change

Introducing foreign varieties programs, tested under your pedoclimatic conditions, must provide us with necessary know-how to enable us to possibility modify vine planting. Developing resistant to water stress rootstocks (GREFFADAPT) will allow to apprehending warmer and dryer weather conditions.


The trademark has entrusted itself to respond to competition based on: our scientific rigor, continuing research partnerships with INRA and its partners, human and material investments in varietal innovation piloted by UMT GénoVigne, in order that our licensees have the necessary tools to distinguish themselves from other competitors.

Respect for the environment

Regulations and changing views on phytosanitary products have lead us to review new procedures for reducing inputs (ECOPHYTO program), while developing new vine varieties which require using less phytosanitary products and transitioning to agro-ecology.