ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, a member of the Crop Sciences Cluster of the ARC, is located in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Our mandate is research and development as well as technology transfer on the breeding, cultivation, protection and post-harvest technology of deciduous fruit, grape vines, alternative crops and indigenous herbal teas. The Campus has six divisions, each focusing on different aspects of fruit and wine production. The major portion of research and development is focused on improved crop production and mitigation of agricultural risks, but food security as well as the sustainable use of natural resources are also addressed. The Campus is the custodian of grapevine, deciduous fruit and wine yeast genebanks that preserve genetic resources for breeding purposes, training and comparative descriptions. It also boasts a Sterile Insect Technique Programme.

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SOUTH AFRICAN DECIDUOUS FRUIT CULTIVARS (both links are still under construction)

Stone Fruit Database

Pome Fruit Database


Crop Development

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Soil and Water Science

Post-Harvest &
Agro-Processing Technologies (PHATs)

ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij is building on previous successes obtained by Infruitec and Nietvoorbij, such as:

  • the proud record of new fruit and table grape cultivars released as a result of the local breeding programmes;

  • excellent soil and water management practices; and

  • integrated production for environment-friendly pest and disease management

We render research and support services to producers of the following commodities:

Deciduous fruit (apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines); Grapes (wine, table and raisin); Alternative temperate climate crops (cherries, honeybush & rooibos teas, olives, pomegranates, figs, aloe and strawberries); Wine; Brandy; Dried fruit; Processed fruit & Fruit juice.

This campus maintains excellent partnerships with its relevant industries to ensure the future of the South African fruit, vine and wine industries.

​Postal Address
​Physical Address
​General Enquiries

​ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij
Private Bag X5026, Stellenbosch, 7599

ARC Infruitec: Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
ARC Nietvoorbij: Corner of Helshoogte Road
and the R44, Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 (0)21 809 3100
Fax: +27 (0)21 809 3400