About us

Our Vision

Promote applied research, technological development and knowledge transfer in order to enhance the competitiveness and multi-origin excellence of the company and the Chilean wine industry in a dynamic international market with increasingly demanding consumers.

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Objectives

To strengthen the plant material production area in order to maintain the company’s leading position in this field.

To perfect the company’s wine production processes through technological innovation and the development of new tools.

To transfer knowledge in areas such as chemical, molecular and sensory analysis to production and commercial areas.

To strengthen the innovation management system for new product design.

To foster industry development, strengthening the exchange between different stakeholders through the dissemination, transfer and extension of R&D&I results.

Infrastructure

Our modern building is situated in the 7th Region of Maule, the winemaking heart of Chile. Covering over 1,500 m2, our installations include the Agriculture and Oenology Laboratory, a Molecular Biology Laboratory, the Experimental Cellar and the Center of Extension, which together with the Rauquén Greenhouse and the Lourdes Cellar, are located within the vineyard of the same name which, with its close to 1,090 hectares, is the largest continuous vineyard in Chile.

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Our team

The human capital of the CRI is of a multidisciplinary nature and is made up of researchers with experience in basic and applied sciences in the areas of biology, chemistry and engineering, and professionals with a deep knowledge of viticulture and oenology.

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Strategic Alliances

The CRI, through strategic partnerships and agreements with prestigious entities, seeks to create international networks that permit the promotion of activities, projects and programs which are managed by the Center’s research and professional team.

Vinos de Chile R+D Consortium

The Company participates in research and development programs through the Vinos de Chile R+D Consortium, projects that have been identified and prioritized by the industry itself.

Mercier Groupe

Since 2001 Viña Concha y Toro entered into a long-term agreement with Mercier-Groupe, the largest producer of vines in France. The “Technical Assistance and Supply of Goods Agreement” provides wide-ranging technical support with regard to the production of grafted plants. It also enables access to top quality clones, which today form the basis for Viña Concha y Toro’s production of plants.

UC Davis Chile (EE.UU.)

Concha y Toro forms an alliance with UC Davis (USA) for joint research by establishing the “UC Davis LINC-Life Sciences and Innovation Center” in Chile, financed in part by the Innova Chile Committee’s “International R&D Centers of Excellence for Competitiveness 2.0” program.

Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO)

The Center for Research and Innovation is a recipient of tax benefits under the CORFO R&D Tax Incentive Act, which constitutes a significant stimulus for investment in the field of R&D. Furthermore, a CORFO grant is co-fundingthe project related to the strengthening of grapevine nursey plant material.

Oenovitis International Network

The network is dedicated to research excellence and education in viticulture and enology, joining academy and industrial global partners, coordinated by University of Bordeaux, France.

UC Anacleto Angelini Innovation Center

CII became a member of the UC Anacleto Angelini Innovation Center in 2015. This is a space conceived to promote a pro-innovation and entrepreneurial ecology. Thought of as a multidisciplinary and generalist center, it welcomes both innovation projects and entrepreneurial initiatives with a high economic, social and cultural impact.