The "Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin" was created in 2007 by merging the national institutes ENTAV (Etablissement National Technique pour l'Amélioration de la Viticulture) and ITV (Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin = Institute of Vine and Wine). The main objective of the Institute is to modernise the French wine industry through a variety of research and development projects. A national quality control programme is being developed for the entire production chain in the vineyard and cellar, taking into account the specific interests of the wine-growing sectors.
The research focuses on the selection of the right planting material (grape varieties) taking into account soil types, vine diseases, biological (organic) viticulture, vinification and quality control. One of the sites is the "Domaine de l'Espiguette" in the Département Gard (Languedoc), where there are 50 hectares of experimental vineyards, a winery for wine-making trials and analysis laboratories. There is also close collaboration with other institutes. One of these is the "V'innopôle Sud-Ouest" in Lisle sur Tarn (Tarn), founded in 2008, with its own vineyards and cellars. See also under Viticulture Institutions.