From the snowy winter of Ithaca, New York, to the hot summer of Chile. That was the trip that the undergraduate students of Cornell University took to our country, looking to expand their scientific knowledge in the wine sector.
With practical classes in the university laboratories and Spanish sessions, the students prepared to tour the wine valleys of Chile, to share with students and academics, and visit research centers involved in wine production.
A mandatory stop was the Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) of Viña Concha y Toro. The students, who traveled to the district of Pencahue, in the Maule region, were received by the Researcher in Molecular Biology, Felipe Gainza.
During their tour of the CRI, they were able to visit the Agricultural and Enological Laboratory and the Molecular Biology Lab, the Experimental Wine Cellar and the Extension Center. In the auditorium, they listened to the presentations of Gerard Casaubon, director of the CRI, and Álvaro González, R & D Sub Manager, who explained to them about the main researches carried out by the professionals of the CRI.
“All students have a high level of interest, they are curious and active. They show a solid technical base to achieve the objectives of the course “, said Felipe Gainza at the end of the day.