(i) Strengthening of the production area of plant materials
The genetic and sanitary quality of plant material is a current challenge for vineyards on an international level. Strengthening the production of plant materials is a starting point to address this challenge, which will enable new plantations to have more longevity, greater productivity and higher quality.
(ii) Water resources and scarcity management
Global climate change, warmer temperatures and the reduction of water resources may lead to enormous losses in high quality wine production on a global level. Viticulture must adapt to this scenario through the use of new technologies for the adequate resources optimization and water scarcity management.
(iii) Quality assessment of grapes and wines
Global climate change, warmer temperatures and the reduction of water resources may lead to enormous losses in high quality wine production on a global level). Viticulture must adapt to this scenario through the use of new technologies for the adequate resources optimization and water scarcity management.
(iv) Instrumentation, automation and IT applications
One of the main factors which defines the quality of grapes and wine is human intervention. Improving the efficiency of said intervention requires the development, adoption and application of new technologies, such as sensors, monitors, remote data acquisition and storage systems, IT (information technologies) applications and IoT (internet of things), among others, both in the vineyard and the winery.
(v) New product design
This line is addressed through the multidisciplinary and collaborative work of the CRI, Marketing Department and Technical Areas. The projects are focused on taking advantage of market opportunities and niches that are identified through market intelligence and novel methodologies of consumer research.
(vi) Other initiatives
Applied research and technological development initiatives focused on diverse issues, such as the evaluation of defoliation techniques and the protection of clusters from sun exposure, the search for alternative pre-harvest phytosanitary products and the study of the shelf life of white wine, among others.