With the aim of sharing experiences and knowledge in the implementation of cutting-edge technologies in wineries and with the early prediction of yield in vineyards, the Center for Research and Innovation of Viña Concha y Toro participated in two international events.
The first event, called “Robotization of vineyard and winery operation and new technologies” was organized by Oenoviti – wine largest scientific network in the world- and had the participation of Gerard Casaubon, Leader of Consumer Research and Product Innovation of the CRI, who highlighted that ‘the focus of the event was to generate a broad discussion on the general state of adoption and adaptation of these technologies by the industry. Along these lines, the learnings and projects of the CRI Smart Wine Industry Strategic Program and the Technological Innovation Unit of the Technical Management coordinated by the center, represented a valuable experience for the other exhibitors and attendees, as well as for us it was of great interest to hear and discuss the experience of the other actors.’
On the other hand, José Cuevas, R&D and Innovation in Engineering at the CRI, was part of the Enoforum Web Conference 2021 that took place between February 23 and 25. On the occasion, José led the block “New AI-based system for early and accurate prediction of vineyard yield”, where he presented to the audience a new profitable system for early and accurate prediction of vineyard yield developed by the CRI. This work was selected by an international scientific committee, made up of 86 researchers from 17 countries. At the same time, it is competing together with 44 other works, for a prize of excellence of € 10,000 Euros and for the opportunity to present in the face-to-face editions of Enoforum in the USA and Italy in May this year.
‘It was a challenging instance, since the results and impact of our Harvest Volume Forecast project of the last 3 years developed with the Agricultural Management had to be presented in 7 minutes. It was also an unbeatable opportunity to position the research and innovation of our CRI and the company among the best at the international level’, José concluded.
It should be noted that Enoforum Web Conference 2021 is sponsored by the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) and has the collaboration of several scientific organizations such as IVES (International Viticulture and Enology Society), IFV (L’Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin), PTV (Wine Technology Platform), SIVE (Società Italiana di Viticoltura ed Enologia), AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute), ASVO (Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology), SASEV (South African Society of Enology and Viticulture).