The Swiss biologist and vine specialist dr. José F. Vouillamoz (* 1971) graduated with honors in biology from the Swiss University of Lausanne in 1994. He continued his studies with his doctoral thesis "Molecular Cytotaxonomy and Phylogeography of the genus Onosma in Switzerland and neighboring countries" and completed this thesis in 2001. In connection with his passion for wine with the molecular Genetics He received a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to investigate the origin and genealogy of the numerous autochthonous Grapes of the Wallis to explore. For the scholarship he spent the year 2002 as a postgraduate researcher with colleague Professor dr. Carole Meredith at the University of California in Davis (USA).
In 2003, Dr. Vouillamoz a research with dr. Stella Grando at the Institute San Michele all'Adige (Trento) on the localization of the domestication of the grapevine taking into account genetics, archeology and chemistry. This work was done in collaboration with Professor Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Archeological and Anthropological Museum. This results for Dr. med. Vouillamoz's recognition that the first-time domestication of the grapevine in what is now Southeastern Anatolia in the Turkey and not as generally assumed in Transcaucasia took place.
In 2004, Dr. med. Vouillamoz and dr. Grando the parenting of the species Sangiovese discovered (but there are other opinions). Together with the Ampelographin Dr. med. Anna Schneider from the National Research Council in Grugliasco (Turin) were the diverse relationships of the Nebbiolo which is a parent of at least six northern Italian grape varieties. The extensive researches and DNA analysis led to unexpected discoveries of the relationships of the old Valais grape varieties Cornalin d'Aoste. Lafnetscha. Rèze. Rouge du Pays and many others (see below Old plants ).
In 2006, Dr. med. Vouillamoz and dr. Claire Arnold from the Swiss University of Neuchâtel published on the Internet the "Swiss Vitis Microsatellite Database" with the DNA profiles of more than one hundred grape varieties grown in Switzerland. Furthermore, Dr. Vouillamoz the pedigree of the variety Syrah expanded and Pinot identified as the most probable great-grandfather, the family relationships of Mondeuse Blanche. Mondeuse Noire and Viognier noted the local origin of the Chasselas determined and most recently the pedigree of Müller-Thurgau completed. In 2012, the author team Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz's work " Wine Grapes - a complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties ".