Webinar Chile – California: CRI highlights the adaptation of viticulture to climate change

In order to share good practices, exchange information and discuss the adoption of technology in agriculture, Alejandro González, Deputy Manager of R & D, participated in this webinar representing the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI).

His presentation, entitled: “Adaptation of vitiviniculture to climate change”, focused on the challenges that both Chile and California face, due to the similarities they share in terms of climate and frequency of droughts.

The webinar, organized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, emphasized the intelligent use of measures that counteract the effect of climate change on wine production, reducing the industry´s impact and improving production techniques.

CRI participates in GiESCO congress on sustainable vitiviniculture in Mendoza

This congress, held on November, gathered the main actors of the wine industry. The objective was to share the advances in research, technology, and development of innovations on the vine and its final products.

The event was attended by government entities from Argentina, international private companies and representatives of the academic world. The focus of the congress was to advance towards a more sustainable industry, sharing good practices and transferring useful knowledge for producers.

Sebastián Vargas, R & D Project Engineer at the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI), spoke about the effects of harvesting and defoliation on wine quality.

Technical Area participates in CRI´s 2017 Workshop

In order to publicize the progress and results of its main projects, the Research and Innovation Center (CRI) invited the members of the Technical Management team to the third version of the Workshop, specially organized for them.

On this occasion, the focus was placed on the transfer of results to Technical Management, specifically in relation to the strategic programs most linked to their area of expertise, such as: Strengthening the production of plant materials; Assessment of the quality of grapes and wines; and Instrumentation, automation and IT application.

This is the first time that the Workshops are carried out separately for each area, which has given very positive results in terms of reception and participation of the guests. This year, the CRI received around 25 people, from Technical Management as well as interested winemakers.

The exhibitions were leaded by Gerard Casaubon, Álvaro González, Sebastián Vargas, Felipe Gainza, Jorge Zincker and José Cuevas, who presented the progress of each program and answered the assistant´s questions.

The event, which takes place annually, closed with a very good audience evaluation, who thought the material presented was very interesting and useful for their work.


Researchers from France and Australia hold seminars at the CRI Extension Center

Two international experts visited the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) in mid-November. Dt. Stéphane Vidal, biochemical engineer of the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées of Lyon and Vice President of Oenology and Innovation for Vinventions, traveled to the CRI to meet with the technical-scientific team and learn about the strategic programs under development.

In addition, Dr. Vidal led an open seminar to the industry at the Extension Center, entitled: “Optimizing wine shelf-life “. CRI teams, as well as professionals from the Technical Management of Viña Concha y Toro, participated in the lecture. The purpose of the seminar was to analyze the effect of various factors – such as exposure to oxygen, temperature and time – in the wine shelf-life, and how these conditions can be optimized through real-time analysis.

On the other hand, the CRI received Dr. Paul Grbin, from Australia, who is one of the most renowned researchers in the study of Microbiology of oenological interest and representative of the University of Adelaide. Dr. Grbin leads a research team specially focused on Brettanomyces, one of the most harmful microorganisms for wine worldwide. In this sense, his efforts have been directed to the improvement of microorganisms which are essential to the production of wines, such as yeasts and lactic bacteria.

His talk, “Lactic Acid Bacteria Strain Improvement,” was an important contribution to the CRI team, who also participated by asking questions and sharing experiences with the expert.

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