Institute of Vine and Wine Science

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At the heart of the world's leading wine-producing region, the University of Bordeaux's Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) is a multidisciplinary centre for research, higher education and development that seeks to meet the future challenges of the wine industry.

The ISVV brings together research, training and technology transfer teams from multiple partners in the wine industry on the Bordeaux site.

10,000-square metre building on the INRAE site in Villenave d'Ornon is home to part of the research teams and over 600 students.

It opened its doors in January 2009. Over 60% of the the programme was financed by the Aquitaine Regional Council, as well as by the European Union (FEDER), the French Government, the Gironde Departmental Council, Bordeaux Metropole, INRAE and the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB).

The ISVV now has the status of a University of Bordeaux institute. It upholds strong ties with the wine industry, in particular the CIVB, and develops technology transfer initiatives with the Inno’Vin cluster.


  • Institute of Vine and Wine Science

    210 chemin de Leysotte
    33882 Villenave d'Ornon

    +33 (0)5 57 57 58 58

Visit the website (in French)


  • Philippe Darriet


  • Eric Giraud-Héraud

    Asst. Director in charge of Research & Innovation

  • Laurence Geny-Denis

    Asst. Director in charge of Training Programmes

  • Laurette Grall

    Manager - Administration & Finance

Key figures

  • 600+


    incl. 60 certified oenologists and 160 trainees in continuing education each year

  • 250


  • 4

    technology transfer &

    development units

  • 55+

    international partners

Organisation and partners


The ISVV offers a wide range of technical training programmes from the Bachelor to Master degree level. 

Training is one of the institute's pillars, with courses covering all aspects of the viticulture and wine production.

As part of the University of Bordeaux and in collaboration with the university's partners (Bordeaux Montaigne University, Bordeaux Sciences Agro and KEDGE), the ISVV brings together a community of over 80 teachers, on topics ranging from plant biology to vine and wine law, and including oenology or wine and spirits marketing. The courses provided benefit from the excellent level of research and its transfer carried out by the ISVV teams. 

Research topics

The ISVV's three missions – research, teaching and technology transfer – are divided into six main interdisciplinary topics aimed at driving progress in the wine industry:

  • Improving wine and grape quality by furthering knowledge
  • Explaining the biological properties of polyphenols by studying their effects
  • Optimising growing practices to promote sustainable viticulture
  • Improving environmentally-friendly growing processes
  • Making the wine industry more economically effective
  • Developing the wine industry's legal, cultural and economic aspects
Localisation associée :

210 chemin de Leysotte
33882 Villenave d'Ornon