Between 23rd and 27th of July 2018, two researchers from KIS, Franc Čuš, PhD and Klemen Lisjak, PhD visited research facilities of INRA Montpellier, INRA Pech Rouge and INRA/ISVV Bordeaux. The aim of the visit was to discuss and determine research work for viticulture and oenology pillar within next 6 years of the SLO-ACE project. Research activities will include 4 topics (wine microbiology and chemistry, sensory analysis, and new or improved technologies in grape and wine production) with 3 PhD and 1 PostDoc student included one in each topic. Slovenian researchers were hosted by prof. Jean-Marie Sablayrolles (Montpellier) and prof. Philippe Darriet (Bordeaux) and had great opportunity to meet different research groups working on grape and wine microbiology, polyphenols, aroma compounds, sensory science, bioactive compounds, technology process and viticulture. Future cooperation within research institution will significantly and positively impact research in grape and wine sector in Slovenia. The excellence in grape and wine research will result in better competitiveness of Slovenian viticulture and recognition of Slovenian wines.