Trunk diseases are a problem that threatens vineyards throughout the world, making it a matter of concern for the wine industry. In Chile, the varieties most susceptible to contracting these pathologies are Cabernet Sauvignonand Sauvignon Blanc, and to a lesser extent Chardonnay and Merlot. “When these conditions are present, the plants or vines that begin to be infected partially die. One of the principal impacts, other than the quality of the grape, is the decline in the vineyard’s yield which reduces the life of the plantations”, explains Álvaro González, research and development manager of Viña Concha y Toro’s Research and Innovation Center.
In the face of this reality and as part of its activities to motivate the development of specific knowledge for the industry through education and research, the Research and Innovation Center (CII) of Viña Concha y Toro organized the workshop “The health of the vineyard in wine competitiveness: challenges and alternatives of solution” together with theConsorcio I+D Vinos de Chile (Chilean Wines R+D Consortium) and directed to grape producers, personnel of Concha y Toro and the industry in general.
This theoretical-practical activity was conducted by the Doctor in Agricultural Sciences, Richard Smart, one of the most experienced professionals in winemaking and vine health in the world, with over 50 years linked to this area and having developed various related research activities.
During his talk, he explained the reality of the wood diseases as a global problem. In addition, in a practical activity in the vineyard, he demonstrated his trunk renovation technique for recovering the health of the vine and returning all its potential.
“The first symptom of the wood diseases is a dead vine within the vineyard. The most important thing in these cases is to act in good time, as soon as the symptoms appear”, said Mr Smart.
This system is called by Mr Smart as “grower-friendly” as it reduces the appearance of new infections and restores the health to the infected vines. It may be applicable to a series of situations in the vineyard, thus maximizing production and the return on the business.
This workshop formed part of the extension activities of Viña Concha y Toro’s Research and Innovation Center (CII) in its aim to contribute to the growth of winemaking in the country.
Concha y Toro’s new Center for Research and Innovation represents a major commitment in terms of corporate social responsibility and community relations.