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Abbreviation for Vitis International Variety Catalogue, a comprehensive database on grape varieties of the genus Vitis. It was founded in 1983 by the Institut für Rebenzüchtung Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz (Germany), with the foundation stone being laid by Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhardt Erich Alleweldt (1927-2005) with the support of the OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin). The www.vivc.de database has been freely accessible on the Internet since 1996. The aim is to provide comprehensive documentation on all grape varieties as a source of information for grower, researchers, winegrowers, etc. The database contains over 24,000 entries. However, this does not mean that there are 24,000 grape varieties, but (according to personal information from grapevine geneticist Dr Erika Maul) there are around 10,000.

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