OIV international ampelography course

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The OIV honours ampelography from 27 June to 1 July 2022

Vine sciences will take centre stage in the global vitivinicultural sector from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Montpellier, France, to celebrate the second edition of the OIV International Course in Ampelography. International experts and professionals interested in the field of ampelography are invited to meet with world-renowned teachers. The objective of this course is to transmit up-to-date knowledge and to create a dense network between professionals in the sector.

In partnership with the Institut Agro Montpellier - IFV - INRAE.

Limited number of participants. Registration until end of May 2022

For any question, please contact oivampelography@oiv.int

The registration fee is 1070 €

Register here before April 30 2022





On 6-10 September 2021, the "El Encín" collection of vine varieties hosted nationally and internationally renowned professors for 5 days of theoretical and practical in-person classes designed to allow participants to exchange, update and/or deepen their knowledge about ampelography. The practical approach made it possible to clearly and precisely identify vine varieties in the field, pointing to all the key characteristics to recognise these.

Ampelography is the framework that links together all other aspects of the sector.

Gaining expertise about what lies at the heart of the whole value chain in the vitivinicultural sector is of primary importance for vitivinicultural professionals.


The “El Encín” vine collection dates back over 120 years. It was started towards the end of the 19th century (1893) as a means of preventing the significant genetic erosion being caused by the phylloxera plague that was devastating European vineyards at the time. It is the oldest and largest collection in Spain and – in terms of the number of accessions – one of the biggest in the world.

The collection now occupies a surface area of around 10 hectares and is composed of 3532 accessions. Among these there are 800 rootstocks, 96 species of the Vitis genus, 1891 varieties of Vitis Vinifera, 98 direct producer hybrids and 648 varieties of Vitis vinifera sylvestris.

The main objectives behind this collection are prospecting, conservation, characterisation and evaluation of the Vitis genus, and for it to serve as a basis for research projects at both the national and international levels.

The collection, currently managed by IMIDRA, has since its beginnings been a national reference centre for the conservation of vine varieties and ampelography. At the start of the 21st century, the museum of ampelography was opened and the permanent exhibition created, where the herbarium and historical documents about the collection are kept. This centre was thus consolidated as the main point of reference for Spanish vitivinicultural research on grapevine plant material.

The collection, currently managed by IMIDRA

Along with ampelographic characterisation, IMIDRA’s molecular biology laboratory has contributed considerably to the identification of plant material. In continuous operation since 2003, the laboratory has developed the biggest database for identification via microsatellite molecular markers that exists in Spain. Since 1997, IMIDRA’s viticulture team has been participating in vine identification projects being conducted across the European Union and has been coordinating its conservation and characterisation actions with collections from over 20 European countries.


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