The Bordeaux-Adelaide-Geisenheim Alliance: a trilateral partnership on grape and wine research
On June 24th 2019, the Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) of the University of Bordeaux, the Australian Wine Research Institute and the Hochschule Geisenheim University signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen their cooperation.
Created in 2010, the “BAG” or Bordeaux, Adelaide, Geisenheim Alliance is a trilateral partnership in the fields of vine and wine research, advanced training and technology transfer. The alliance aims to achieve a number of strategic benefits for its members, with regards to their respective vineyard, grape and wine industries, including:
- an ability to address global issues such as the environment, the rational use of water, climate change, as well as wine quality and its place in society (including the impact of wine on human health);
- an opportunity to capitalize on strong synergies between institutions - collectively, institutions provide world-class expertise and infrastructure for every aspect of the wine value chain, creating the world's first "critical mass".
Challenges for the future
On the occasion of the alliance’s annual general assembly in June, which brought together around 30 international researchers, new critical research themes were identified and transcribed in the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), thus renewing the alliance until 2024.
The MoU was signed by Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of the University of Bordeaux, Hans Schultz, President of the University of Geisenheim, Dan Johnson, Director of AWRI represented by Markus Herderich, along with representatives of the State of Hesse and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
The priorities identified for the upcoming years include:
- Impacts of climate change on viticulture and adaptation strategies
- Increase in the efficiency of use of nutrients and water
- Sustainable wine growing, production and marketing of wine
- Resistance to pests and diseases
- Agroecology and ecosystem support services in viticulture
- Microorganisms of soil, vines and wines and their influence on typicity and authenticity
- Digitization of viticultural processes
- Metabolomics from plants to wine
- Genetic resources of the vine and genomics
- Profitable production, consumer perception and marketing of new varieties
The signing of this alliance will allow for projects currently underway, regarding the adaptation to climate change and the development of sustainable agriculture and innovative viticulture, to be continued by young researchers from the three institutes, namely within the framework of co-supervised theses.
BAG Alliance partners
The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is a private wine research organization. It supports a sustainable grape and wine industry through world class research and knowledge transfer.
The Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) brings together research teams from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, with an interest in viticulture and the wine industry. Its activities include research, consulting and higher education in viticulture-oenology and social sciences.
The Hochschule Geisenheim University (HGU) is a research, higher education and knowledge transfer institution focused on topics covering the entire value chain, from production to the marketing of special crops and their products, as well as the development of rural and urban spaces.
Find out more about the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of the University of Bordeaux