Institute for Wine Biotechnology
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​​Web_FACILITIES_JhnBld_01.jpgThe IWBT is situated in the JH Neethling Building and has several modern and fully equipped molecular and chemical research laboratories. A high performance computing facility, a greenhouse for transgenic grapevine plants and an experimental cellar are also available. The building also houses the Central Analytical GC-MS Facility of Stellenbosch University. In addition to lecture theatres and conference rooms, students and researchers benefit from dedicated study areas and laptop computers are  available to students on request.





TrainingLecture room 10032Seats 56
Equipped with a computer, built-in data projector, overhead projector, a whiteboard, a blackboard and a soundsystem.
The lecturer desk consists of an internet cable, connection to own laptop. This room is on the US schedule system for bookings of other department's needs.
 Lecture room 1027 Seats 100
Equipped with built-in data projector, computer, overhead projector and a whiteboard. This room is on the US schedule system for bookings of other department's needs.
(as well as for research)Experimental Cellar1Accommodates 2 technical staff and 1 cellar assistant
Design to accommodate approximately 50 students for training purposes. Equipped with cellar training apparatus and equipment
(as well as for postgraduate training)
Celular/Molecular Microbiology Lab 2013A  including a preparation kitchen, electrophoresis room and radioactive room10

Currently accommodates 23 people: 4 academic staff, 2 technical staff, 1 post-doctoral fellow, 15 post-graduate students and 1 intern

GMO-registered for biotechnology research activities

Wine Bacteria Lab 2011 Accommodates 4 technical staff and  postgraduate students
Grapevine Molecular Biology Lab 2021 Currently at maximum capacity (6 benches x 3 seats = 18).
Tissue culture lab 2020C, including a preparation kitchen, transfer room and growing room Accommodates 10 academic and technical staff, as well as postgraduate students. GMO-registered for research activities
Chemical-analytical and TCA labs 1025 and 1029B TCA lab 1029B: Accommodates 2 Technical staff members, ISO 17025 SANAS accredited, equipped with 2 GC's .GMO-registered for research activities
Wine Biotechnology Lab 2002A, including a preparation kitchen, Electrophorsis room (2001B); Radio Active Room (2001C); Dark room (2001D); Microscope Room (2001E) Accommodates 10 academic and technical staff, as well as postgraduate students
GMO-registered for research activities
Fermentation Lab 2004A Accommodates 2 technical staff members
GMO-registered for research activities
Sensory Lab 1030A with preparation kitchen. Accommodates 2 staff member and has 16 wine tasting booths. Equipped with touch screen computers and newly installed sensory software
Oenology Lab 1004 with preparation kitchen. Accommodates 16 academic and technical staff, as well as postgraduate students
Viticulture Lab 1019A Accommodates currently one technical staff  and can potentially accommodate 12 students. It is currently very under-equipped and under-utilized
 Greenhouse1GMO-registered for biotechnology research activities
Seminars and meetingsSeminar/boardroom 30062Seats 17
Equipped with built-in data projector and a Parrot freepoint interactive whiteboard system.  Own laptop required.
Seminar/boardroom 1031Seats 17
Equipped with built-in data projector and a whiteboard.  Own laptop required.
Office and reception areasIWBT reception area 2014A, with a small kitchen 2Can accommodate 2 administrative staff members.  Currently seating only 1 administrative staff member.
Equipped with HP colour laser printer, fax machine, shredder, Minolta copy machine and a scanner.
Kitchen is equipped with a kettle, coffee machine, microwave oven and a small fridge.
 IWBT Finances 30032Accommodate 1 financial staff member.
Equipped with a computer, printer and shredder.
Stationary storeroom is based in this office.
OtherJH Neethling courtyard1Used for functions and informal gatherings
 JH Neethling kitchen1Used by staff and students, as well as for functions held for own environment, as well as other university departments/divisions. Equipped with a hot plate, microwave, fridge, a selfservice coffee machine for staff and students, and 2 dishwashers