The Swiss biologist and vine specialist Dr. José F. Vouillamoz (* 1971) graduated with honors from the Swiss University of Lausanne in 1994. He continued his studies with the doctoral thesis "Molecular cytotaxonomy and phylogeography of the genus Onosma in Switzerland and neighboring countries" and completed this doctoral thesis in 2001. In connection with his passion for wine with the molecular Genetics he received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to trace the origins and genealogy of 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 domestication of the grapevine by taking into account genetics, archeology and chemistry. This work was done in collaboration with Professor Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania and the Archaeological and Anthropological Museum of Philadelphia. For Dr. Vouillamoz realized that the first domestication of the vine in what is now Southeastern Anatolia in the Turkey and not as generally assumed in Transcaucasia has taken place.
In 2004 Dr. Vouillamoz and Dr. Grando the parenthood of the variety Sangiovese discovered (about which there are also other opinions). Together with the ampelographer Dr. Anna Schneider from the National Research Council in Grugliasco (Turin) became aware of the diverse family relationships of the Nebbiolo determined who is a parent of at least six northern Italian grape varieties. The extensive research and DNA analysis led to unexpected discoveries of the kinship relationships of the old Valais grape varieties Cornalin d'Aoste. Lafnetscha. Rèze. Rouge du Pays and many others (see under Old plants ).
In 2006 Dr. Vouillamoz and Dr. Claire Arnold from the Swiss University of Neuchâtel has published the “Swiss Vitis Microsatellite Database” on the Internet with the DNA profiles of more than a hundred grape varieties grown in Switzerland. Furthermore, Dr. Vouillamoz the pedigree of the variety Syrah expanded and Pinot identified as the most likely great grandfather, the kinship relationships of Mondeuse Blanche. Mondeuse Noire and Viognier found the local origin of the Chasselas determined and most recently the pedigree of Müller-Thurgau completed. In 2012 the team of authors created Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz the work “ Wine grapes - a complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties ”.