The University of Valencia, the Polytechnic and the CSIC have a microcluster on Sustainable Viticulture and Quality
The microcluster aims to integrate research efforts and transfer of scientists from the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic and the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), CSIC, and other agencies such as the Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research ( IVIA) and the Technological Institute of Viticulture and Enology (ITVE). The microcluster, which brings together over 50 researchers on staff, is structured around three strands: “From the Earth to the grape”, “From the grape to the bottle,” and “From the bottle to the cup.” These axes correspond to the three main traditional contribute to the quality and commercial success of wines and integrating all the components and processes likely to receive contributions from the research: soil science, viticulture, enology, microbiology, biotechnology, commercialization and marketing. During the presentation, representatives of the three major institutions in this multidisciplinary research group Sergi Ferrer for the University of Valencia, Domingo Salazar, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and Jose Manuel Guillamón by the IATA (CSIC) have put on the table all the activities they performed in different areas of the microcluster and expressed the desire to streamline the interaction between the microcluster and the business sector. “Research carried out by members of IViSoCa will offer a variety of tools to face new challenges to companies from different sectors, from the nursery to the wineries and ancillary businesses, which by its structure, size and tradition have greatly limited their chances of having an R & D itself. ” The group members have already established contacts IViSoCa, partnerships and contracts with companies in the industry, both in the field of viticulture and enology, microbiology, biotechnology and marketing. Among these companies are Agrovin, SAT Fuenteseca, Ecovitis, Cotevisa, Lallemand, SEPSA Verema.com, CajaCampo, Caja Rural S. Coop. Credit, the association of wineries “primum BOBAL” and the Regulatory Boards of Alicante, Valencia, Utiel-Requena and Vins de la Terra de Castelló through the wineries that comprise them. The microcluster IViSoCa part of the structure ‘Multidisciplinary Team in Enology’, launched in 2005 at the University of Valencia with the intention of connecting research groups working in the wine field, a connection that has subsequently been reinforced by the creation of the Inter-University Chair of Vine and Wine, which the University of Valencia and the Polytechnic University of Valencia founded in 2009. Several of the integrated groups belonging to the three institutions have collaborated repeatedly with each other and with the Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research (IVIA) and the Technological Institute of Viticulture and Enology (ITVE) as well as wine companies in different programs CENIT research and DEMETER. Under the initiative of the CDTI (Centre for Technological and Industrial Development), note that IViSoCa “will continue the line started in 2008 by IATA and the group ENOLAB (University of Valencia)-both members of the new microcluster-, on the adaptation of vines, viticulture and winemaking techniques to the new conditions caused by climate change, especially in regard to wines of lower alcohol content and acidity balanced “, as stated by Sergi Ferrer, Professor of Microbiology and Ecology and coordinator the cluster. IViSoCa proposed innovation of multidisciplinary research and integrated products for increasingly safer and higher quality, attractively presented to all stakeholders, from producers to the researchers, with special attention to the consumer.