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Research Group for Viticulture

Swiss autochthonous grape vine varieties
Viticulture in Switzerland 1
Viticulture in Switzerland 2
Photosynthesis measurement
Grape phylloxera leaf galls on Maréchal Foch

The Research Group for Viticulture RGV investigates the interrelationship between vines and the environment with a particular focus on detecting diseases and physiological responses to environmental stimuli, using a variety of measuring methods and molecular biological and imaging techniques. In collaboration with its partners, the Research Group also develops innovative machinery with a view to making viticulture more sustainable. Our bachelor’s courses, vocational training for winegrowers and wine technicians and beginner and advanced courses for amateur winegrowers cover topics from the fields of viticulture and plant physiology. Wädenswil Wine Days – the leading event on the German-speaking wine industry’s calendar – is traditionally held at ZHAW and organised by the Viticulture Research Group. The university also runs its own vineyard on the Au peninsula in Wädenswil.

Research interests

  • Host-pathogen interactions:Early disease detection
  • Drone-based visual assessment of plant health using vines as an example
  • Development of equipment and machinery for sustainable and low-resource viticulture
  • Impact of climate change on viticulture
  • Life cycle assessments in viticulture


  • Fundamental, applied and industry-focused research focused on plant-environment interactions
  • Knowledge transfers at all levels in the field of viticulture
  • Vine cultivation
  • Development and maintenance of variety collections and show gardens for training purposes