E. & J. Gallo Winery patented a method for producing a white-fruited grapevine with a non-VvMybA1 mutation, allowing for new grape colors and flavor combinations. The process involves breeding specific grapevines to achieve the desired genetic traits. GlobalData’s report on E. & J. Gallo Winery gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on E. & J. Gallo Winery, Bioethanol production GMOs was a key innovation area identified from patents. E. & J. Gallo Winery's grant share as of January 2024 was 50%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Creating white-fruited grapevines using non-vvmyba1 mutation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: E. & J. Gallo Winery

The patent (Publication Number: US11871721B2) discloses a method for producing a grapevine with specific characteristics through breeding. The method involves breeding a non-perfect-flowered, bunch grapevine with white fruit due to a non-VvMybA1 mutation with a white-fruited, perfect-flowered grapevine. The resulting grapevine offspring is then bred to obtain a white-fruited, perfect-flowered grapevine with white fruit attributed to the non-VvMybA1 mutation. The method allows for the production of grapevines with desired traits through controlled breeding processes.

Furthermore, the patent details various aspects of the breeding process, including the specific grapevine varieties involved in the breeding, the methods of breeding such as hybridization, cross-pollination, and self-pollination, as well as the reproduction of the resulting grapevines through different techniques like seed propagation, cutting, grafting, air layering, or tissue culture. Additionally, the patent extends the application of the method beyond grapevine production to the creation of commodity plant products. These products can include whole grapes, raisins, wine, juice, fruit leather, paste, puree, freeze-dried fruits, nutraceutical preparations, jam, or jelly, showcasing the versatility and potential commercial applications of the patented method in the agricultural industry.

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