International winemaking expert visits CRI

As part of a two-day visit, renowned UC Davis professor, David Block (PhD), participated in an intense program of activities at the CRI. The visit took place under the framework of the consulting that he is providing for the Research Line T, conducted jointly by the CRI and UC Davis Chile, in order to review the project’s progress, methodology and action plan, as well as to resolve queries and define strategies for the development a product prototype by the end of this year. Continuar leyendo

Relive the panel on “The wine industry and innovation: A necessary leap for the sustainability of the sector”

The Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) was the meeting place for the panel on “The wine industry and innovation: A necessary leap for the sustainability of the sector”, which included the participation of the Intendant of Chile’s Maule Region, Mr. Pablo Meza, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Carlos Furche, wine industry representatives, members of academia and universities, and important players in the world of innovation and research. Continuar leyendo

Together with the Minister of Agriculture, the Intendant of Chile’s Maule Region and other regional authorities visited the CRI

With the presence of the Intendant of Chile’s Maule Region, Mr. Pablo Meza, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Carlos Furche, wine industry representatives, members of academia and universities, and important players in the world of innovation and research, the panel on “The wine industry and innovation: A necessary leap for the sustainability of the sector” was held. Continuar leyendo

Opportunity of Internship, Thesis / Memory in the company

The Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) was born as a response to the new challenges facing our industry and shows the commitment of Viña Concha y Toro to the development of winemaking, focusing on applied research that responded to the real industry needs.

We are looking for: 1 intern student (3 month minimun period), 2 MSc students (6 month minimun period) and 1 PhD student (1 year minimum period) developing their research (or looking to develop) in areas related to the biological sciences (plant biology, molecular biology, phytopathology, biotechnology and/or similar) with emphasis on grapevines. Applicants will have the opportunity to work in laboratory and/or vineyards.

Some of the research topics currently being developed are:

  • Development and implementation of early disease diagnosis of the grapevines based on PCR and classical microbiology (viruses and wood fungi).
  • Development and implementation of molecular markers for clonal differentiation in grapevines.
  • Development and implementation of techniques of biological control and strengthening of plant material through the use of beneficial microorganisms.
  • Development and implementation of techniques for cleaning plant material through in vitro techniques.

The projects are presented as an opportunity to develop as a thesis or grade memory in collaboration with universities.

HOW TO APPLY:
Send full resume, letter of intent and the job to apply (Intern, M.Sc. or Ph.D. thesis) and two letters of recommendation to the mail: felipe.gainza@conchaytoro.cl
Application deadline: June 30, 2017.

Viña Concha y Toro will represent Chile at Open EUREKA Innovation Week

The event is considered to be one of the most important R&D&I activities in Europe and the world. In its 2017 edition, Chile will be included as a EUREKA associated country, becoming the first Latin American country to join the network.

Viña Concha y Toro is one of the five companies that will represent Chile at the event, and the only one from the wine industry, standing out due to the international prestige of its wines and its Center for Research and Innovation that was inaugurated at the end of 2014.

Santiago, May 2017. Only 5 Chilean companies will represent the country during Open EUREKA Innovation Week 2017 (OEIW), one of the most important innovation and networking events in Europe and the world, held in Barcelona on May 15 to 19. The national call for participation was made by CORFO, which included Viña Concha y Toro in the delegation that will represent strategic industries with high growth potential in Chile. It is also the only Chilean wine company to be present at the event.

The initiative is organized by EUREKA, a European intergovernmental network supporting R&D&I, made up by more than 40 countries from across the continent. The 2017 edition of this event is particularly relevant for Chile, as it will formalize its role as an associated country of the network, becoming the first Latin American country to join. Its inclusion forms part of one of the key priorities promoted by the current Spanish chairmanship to strengthen relations with countries around the world.

For that reason, “Chile Day” at the event will be held on May 17, during which the country’s innovation policy and opportunities to invest and develop projects together with Chilean companies will be presented. Then, participating Chilean companies will give presentations on their offerings and main challenges to an audience of more than one thousand people who attend this open forum, among them SMEs, academics, politicians and financial institutions.

Gerard Casaubon, director of Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI), will showcase the company’s R&D&I strategy, and how this connects with the Chilean ecosystem. “The Center for Research and Innovation is a specific project that demonstrates the company’s commitment to the development of the Chilean wine industry through applied research, innovation and technology. Being one of the five companies invited by CORFO to represent the country is an acknowledgment of the work that the Winery has been conducting for years, and which at the end of 2014 materialized with the inauguration of the Center,” said Casaubon at the event in Barcelona.

During his presentation, the director will outline the Strategic Plan 2020, that includes more than 50 initiatives in 5 main programs: Strengthening the production area of plant materials; Water resources and scarcity management; Quality assessment of grapes and wines; Instrumentation, automation and IT applications; and New products design. “As well as being one of the largest wine companies globally, we want to make it known that we have the appropriate infrastructure, cutting-edge technology and an excellent team, which enables us to generate large-scale projects that will without a doubt have a significant impact on this industry,” notes Casaubon.

About Open EUREKA Innovation Week
Open EUREKA Innovation Week is a major event organized by EUREKA that serves as a meeting point to share and discuss ideas, with around 1,000 attendees from the European industry, including SMEs, academics, politicians, financial institution representatives and public authorities, among others. It is considered an open forum, and is free-of-charge for all those interested in R&D&I. Its 2017 edition will be focused on further activating the principle of openness.

The OEIW helps to create bonds between companies from different countries to innovate and internationalize their activities. In addition, it is an instance in which companies can learn about EUREKA financing opportunities, and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Our aim is to become a global leader in wine research

Two years after its inauguration, and having recently launched its new Molecular Biology Laboratory, Gerard Casaubon, Director of Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation, talks about the Company’s decision to develop this kind major of infrastructure —unique in Latin America— which today presented its initial results..
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Viña Concha y Toro Research and Innovation Center has started the application period for those who are interested in joining the team of the Molecular Biology Laboratory

Viña Concha y Toro Research and Innovation Center has started the application period for those who are interested in joining the team of the Molecular Biology Laboratory. For more information, download “Molecular Biology Analyst” and “Sampling Technician” sheets.

Applications must be sent by Friday, April 14 at felipe.gainza@conchaytoro.cl