The WINETech platform, headed by the Castilla-La Mancha Agri-Food Cooperatives, facilitates new technological capacities in seven European viniculture regions
This morning the on line WINETech platform was presented at Fenavin, in which eleven specialized agencies are working, representing seven wine producing regions in Spain, France and Portugal, which encompass four Spanish regions (Galicia, La Rioja, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha); two Portuguese regions (Alentejo and Northern Portugal); and one French region (Languedoc Roussillon).
That is, this program promotes consolidation of Southwestern Europe as a space of territorial cooperation within the scopes of competitiveness and innovation, the environment, sustainable development and territorial planning, contributing to ensure harmonious and balanced integration of its regions.
The main objective of WINETech is to establish a connection between the requirements of the wine producing sector companies and the offer of the scientific-technological community. Hence, in this manner innovation is promoted, along with technological transference and reinforcement of competitiveness of the wine producing companies -wineries, alcoholic beverage producers and grape must producers-.
In the words of Shira Murciano, technician for the WINETech project and in charge of its presentation: "the idea is to motivate and help the wine sector in the promotion of R&D and innovation, this by way of collaboration of the research centers in order to ensure that it will continue over time."
On his part Jesús Ángel Peñaranda, Doctor in Agricultural Engineering, presented the conclusions obtained from the study on innovation in Castilla-La Mancha that has been ongoing since last year. Peñaranda, in representation of the region's Agri-Food Cooperatives, explained the priority requirements of the vine growers: evaluation of the sub-products, development of new methods in wine dealcoholization techniques, studies on the influence of the climate change on the vine, the fight against grapevine disease (esca), improvement of the grape quality, greater information on enological input, optimization of water use, fertilizers and adaptation of varieties to each terroir.
This digital tool that can be accessed via the website www.winetech-sudoe.eu or www.agroalimentariasclm.coop has already obtained the first results following a formidable task involving compilation of the wineries' technological needs, summarized in finding out about the projects in which the wineries are interested, as well as the creation of a database that has been made by the regional University, the latter in the case of Castilla-La Mancha, where the complete R&D and innovation offer is duly included.