Short name for "Vitis International Variety Catalogue", a comprehensive database of grape varieties of the genus Vitis (see under Vine Classification). It was founded in 1983 by the Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz (Germany), with the foundation stone 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 is 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 on grape varieties.
VITIS-VEA (VEA = Viticulture and Enology Abstracts), which is also maintained by the Institute, is a comprehensive literature database with viticulture-specific publications on the morphology, physiology and biochemistry of the grapevine, soil science of viticulture, genetics and grapevine breeding, phytopathology (plant diseases) and vine protection, cellar technology, business management of viticulture and winery, oenology, microbiology of wine, as well as German-language practical literature. It contains over 60,000 documents and is publicly accessible free of charge. See also under Julius Kühn Institute.