With more than 167 million hectolitres (mhl) produced in 2015 out of a total of around 274 mhl, Europe is still the undisputed heavyweight of global wine production. Yet, its share is progressively shrinking — especially in the lowest price ranges — due to increased international competition. Consumption patterns are changing, with an annual decrease of 0.2 % between 2011 and 2015. Stakeholders are calling for market reforms, and climate change is already challenging traditional production methods. Part of the answer to such challenges lies in research and development, which has the potential... to still shake things up by complementing EU producers’ know-how. Higher crop yields, better plant resistance, shortened production processes, supporting technologies for everyday tasks or better wine quality are so many improvements they can bring. A look at the most recent EU-funded research achievements tells us much about what the scientific community and industry have left in the tank, and how vine growing will most likely look in a few years from now. This issue of the research*eu Results Magazine presents eight relevant projects of high potential value for the European wine industry, while at the same time reflecting on the challenges ahead. The special feature is followed by highlights across nine themes of research: health, society, energy, environment, aquatic resources, industry, information and communication technologies, security and fundamental research. The magazine closes with a list of upcoming events hosted by or involving EU-funded research projects.