Short for "Vitis International Variety Catalogue", a comprehensive database on grapevine varieties of the genus Vitis (see under vine systematics). It was founded in 1983 by the Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz (Germany), the foundation stone being laid by Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhardt Erich Alleweldt (1927-2005). Initially, support was provided by the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin). Since 1996, the database www.vivc.de has been freely accessible on the internet. The aim is to provide comprehensive documentation on all grape varieties as a source of information for breeders, researchers, winegrowers, etc. The database contains over 24,000 entries. The database contains over 24,000 entries on grape varieties.
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