Short name for "Vitis International Variety Catalog", a comprehensive database about varieties the genus Vitis (see under Vines systematics ). The institute was founded in 1983 by the Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz (Germany), the foundation stone of Professor Dr. Dr. Gerhardt Erich Alleweldt (1927-2005). At the beginning there was support from the OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin). The database www.vivc.de has been freely accessible on the Internet since 1996. The aim is comprehensive documentation on all grape varieties as a source of information for breeders, researchers, winegrowers, etc. The database contains over 24,000 entries about grape varieties.
The VITIS-VEA (VEA = Viticulture and Enology Abstracts), which is also maintained by the institute, is an extensive literature database with viticulture-specific publications on the topics morphology. physiology and vine biochemistry, soil Science viticulture, genetics and vines breeding, Phytopathology (plant diseases) and vine protection, cellar technology, business management of viticulture and the winery, oenology, Microbiology of wine, and German-language practical literature. It contains over 60,000 documents. This website is also accessible to the public free of charge: www.vitis-vea.de . See also under Julius Kühn Institute,