KIM Vine & Wine Sciences

Montpellier Vine & Wine Sciences is a MUSE Key Initiative (KIM) based in the heart of France’s largest wine-growing region, with 270,000 hectares of vineyards, that brings together all the research, education, and technology transfer stakeholders from the Montpellier sites involved with the Vine-Wine sector, namely: University of Montpellier, INRA, IRSTEA, and Montpellier SupAgro. The Key Initiative’s goal is to unite teams around shared projects to better meet the sector’s needs, facilitate interaction among economic players, and strengthen the site’s exposure and attractiveness.

15 research units, 150 scientists, and a federating network of partners and tools

The Montpellier Vine & Wine sciences Key Initiative leverages a rich community comprising 150 scientists, 13 research units, and 2 experimental units. Its goal is to enable exchanges across various disciplines to foster the emergence of integrated projects that address the sector’s major challenges, such as: reducing the use of fertilizer, adapting to climate change, integrating digital tools to manage production and transformation, and producing high quality wines that meet consumer expectations.

The scientific community already has many ties with sector stakeholders, through projects that are conducted jointly on a regular basis. The Montpellier Vine & Wine Sciences Key Initiative seeks to consolidate these efforts to boost innovation and transfers to the industry. This involves organizing actions and programs that bring business stakeholders and the scientific community together, and by promoting concertation.

Goals with international impact for the benefit of society

Montpellier Vine & Wine Sciences also seeks to consolidate educational programs and courses on this topic by mobilizing skills within the community to provide curricula with international reach and strengthen the site’s attractiveness. The Key Initiative will also implement a Vine & Wine Summer school that seeks to facilitate integration of the industry issues by PhD students and budding scientists, while promoting interdisciplinary exchanges.

The Key Initiative is dedicated to accompanying the community towards reaching a full global dimension and strengthening collaboration with major universities around the world. Actions are implemented to nurture relations with key partners on different continents. Partner establishments include UC Davis (USA), Cornell University (USA), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), and University of Mendoza (Argentina).

Montpellier Vine & Wine Sciences encompasses 13 research units and 2 experimental units:


… as well as doctoral schools GAIA (biodiversity, agriculture, food, environment, earth, water) and Economics and Management Doctoral School.

And partner business associations :

Vinseo Cluster
Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation Cluster
Climate Change Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC)
COOP de France Occitanie
Regional and departmental Chambers of Agriculture
Interprofessional winegrower associations