The Australian Vine Improvement Association (AVIA) was formed in 1988 initially to coordinate the distribution of the patented table grape variety Red Globe. Since then it has continued to serve as a coordinating body for vine improvement schemes on a national basis.
The Australian Vine Improvement Association is made up of participating Vine improvement groups throughout Australia.
Currently, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia are members of the Association. Pinot Noir Tasmania and SAVII are non-members of the Association.
The purposes for which the Association was established are to;
* Promote the development of Australian Viticultural Industries by coordinating grapevine improvement activities throughout Australia;
* Establish and maintain a National Germplasm collection for the benefit of the Australian Grape Industry
* Manage a National Vine Accreditation Scheme – on behalf of Vine Improvement Groups;
* Negotiate and enter into agreements with grapevine breeders for the appointment of the Association as the head licensee for the production and marketing of grapevine varieties in Australia; and
* Facilitate the equitable distribution of high quality propagation grapevine and rootstock material to all producing areas in Australia.
The Association is funded by an annual contribution made by Vine Improvement Group members.