From left to right: Álvaro González, Diana Ribera, Doreen Schober, Pau Roca, Rosa Roa, José Cuevas and Gerard Casaubon.
During his stay in Chile to participate in the Global Conference on Wine Tourism, Pau Roca, Director General of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), traveled to Talca to visit Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) and find out more about its R&D projects.
The visit, led by CRI Director Gerard Casaubon, started with a lunch with the research team to discuss the spirit that has inspired their work since 2014, followed by a presentation of the Center’s strategic plan and R&D programs, whose pillars include developing lines of actions that help to mitigate the effects of climate change and implementing the vineyard of the future based on molecular biology techniques, among others processes that go hand in hand with innovation and technology.
They then took a tour of the facilities, where Roca visited the experimental winery and the CRI’s laboratory, which is equipped with cutting-edge technology. Finally, the OIV director general participated in a special tasting of wines from the Maule Valley developed by Viña Concha y Toro.
During the visit, opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions were identified, such as the participation of the CRI in the OIV’s expert groups, the possibility of creating an advisory committee which brings together R&D centers from the world’s leading wineries, as well as strengthening the CRI’s intern program for master’s and doctorate students through the OIV. “Establishing links with an international organization such as the OIV offers us new opportunities to connect with key players in the global wine industry. Additionally, this visit by the OIV’s director general is an acknowledgment of the CRI’s work on R&D initiatives, and an indication of the excellence that we have achieved and quality of the research that we carry out”, said Gerard Casaubon, CRI Director.
For his part, Pau Roca highlighted the CRI’s work in grapevine selection and strengthening, whose results will benefit the wine industry in general. “The fact that this is a private institution which at the same time has developed a strategy and objectives that aim to benefit the wine industry as a whole has caused a great impression on me. In conclusion, I am full of admiration for Viña Concha y Toro for creating this first-rate Center for Research and Innovation, and they have my full support”, said Roca.
The OIV is an intergovernmental organization of a scientific and technical nature of recognized competence for its works concerning vines, wine, and other vine-based products. In November 2020, the OIV will hold its annual congress in Chile, which will be sponsored by the CRI. The Center will present the latest results of its research projects.