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Alain Deloire earned his PhD from the University of Montpellier II, France, in 1982, and a DSc from the University of Montpellier I, France, in 1998. He spent a decade as a researcher and team leader in Viticulture at Moët & Chandon in Champagne, France.
For the last 14 years, he has held the position of professor in grapevine and fruit ecophysiology at L'Institut Agro in Montpellier, France. In November 2016, he returned to L'Institut Agro as a Professor in Viticulture/grapevine physiology after an eight-year stint overseas. Prior to this, he served as a Professor in Viticulture at Stellenbosch University's Department of Viticulture and Oenology from 2009 to 2012. During this time, he also led the department from 2011 to 2012.
Between January 2013 and September 2016, Alain served as the Director at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, located at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. He also briefly held the position of acting Director, Research, at Charles Sturt University from February to November 2015. From 2017 to 2022, Alain was appointed as an Adjunct Research Professor at CSU from 2017 to 2023.
Alain's impressive achievements include the invention of two patents and the publication or co-publication of over 250 papers in industry and peer-reviewed journals, including book chapters. He has also co-authored three books focused on grapevine physiology and terroir.
His remarkable contributions led to his recognition as one of the 20 most influential individuals in the French wine sector in 2019, as acknowledged by vitisphere.com.
Beyond his academic and research pursuits, Dr. Alain Deloire is an esteemed international consultant in the field of viticulture. As of August 2023, following his retirement from L'Institut Agro (Montpellier), he has dedicated himself to providing international consultancy services in viticulture.