The main activity concerns the recovery, study and preservation of grapevine genetic resources, both of cultivars and wild forms (Vitis vinifera subsps. sativa and sylvestris). More in detail, it consists in the management of ex situ collections of grapevine germplasm (especially oriented to minor cultivars, neglected and highly endangered) and in the study of this germplasm through vine morphology, agronomy, sanitary status and genetics. Molecular markers are used for varietal identification, genetic traceability, genetic structure of populations, origin and genetic relationships between cultivars. The sanitary selection, the evaluation of the agronomic features and the oenological potential are applied for the commercial enhancement and the revival in cultivation of rare abandoned grape varieties.