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Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)


The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT), part of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology, was established at Stellenbosch University in 1995. The IWBT is an internationally recognised postgraduate training and research institute offering visionary training and innovative research to support the South African wine and grapevine industries.

The IWBT's research programme follows a globally unique, integrated and multidisciplinary approach, combining cutting edge high-throughput and systems-based approaches derived from the core sciences of biology and chemistry with the traditional wine sciences of viticulture and oenology. Themes include grapevine ecophysiology and molecular biology; microbial diversity, physiology and molecular biology; analytical chemistry; and computational biology.

The IWBT is led by an academic management team. Additional staff consists of part-time extra-ordinary academics, post-doctoral researchers, as well as technical, administrative and other support staff.

The IWBT is situated in the JH Neethling Building and has several modern and fully equipped molecular and chemical research laboratories. 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 demarcated study areas and laptop computers are available to students on request.

Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)

Faculty of AgriSciences
Private Bag X1, 7602 Matieland, South Africa​

Tel: +27 (0) 21 808 3770



NameTel.EmailFocus area
Prof Florian Bauer021 808 Molecular and Cellular Biology
Prof Benoit Divol021 808 Microbiology
Prof Maret du Toit021 808 Microbiology and Biopreservation, Chairperson
Dr John Moore021 Biochemistry, Metabolomics
Dr Hélène Nieuwoudt021 808
Dr Evodia Setati021 808 9203setati@sunWine Microbiology
Prof Melané Vivier021 808 Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dr Philip Young021 808 Molecular Physiology, Biotechnology

Technical Staff



Lynn Engelbrecht021 808 Lab
Samantha Fairbairn021 808 Lab
Hugh Jumat021 808 Analytical Lab
Michelle Korkie021 808 Lab
Lindani Kotobe021 808 Control Lab
​Whade May
​021 8085 4786
​​Quality Control Lab
Candice Stilwaney021 808 Lab
Dr Anscha Zietsman021 808 Lab

Administrative and Financial Staff


Stephany Baard

021 808 DVO-IWBT enquiries
Lorette de Villiers
021 808 Administration




Egon Februarie

021 808 Coordinator & cleaning tasks at JH Neethling Building
Tania Jansen021 808 & catering tasks at JH Neethling Building
Judy Williams021 808 & catering tasks at Paul vd Bijl Building