ECOPROWINE Seminar on Sustainability in Wine Production - 27/2/2015

The main objective of the seminar was to bring together different stakeholders of the wine sector, to define concepts, methods and technologies regarding sustainability in the production of wine.

March 13, 2015, 11:40 a.m.

Both in Spain and abroad, consumers pay more attention increasingly to sustainability in the wine production process. In order to convey the efforts made in this respect to consumers, the European wineries can adhere to private standards or participate in certification programs. The economic and human resources needed for these processes are, in many cases, for the majority of small and medium-sized wineries, unaffordable. The ECO-PROWINE project is proposed in order to provide service to these wineries, and it is developed under the European programme CIP Eco-Innovation. Coordinated by the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE) in Zaragoza, Spain, the activities within the project are being developed from 2012 by a group of 10 organizations, including research centres, associations of producers and technology centers specialized in the wine sector, from 6 EU wine-producing countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal. It is a pioneer project which focuses on the reduction of environmental impacts in the production of wine and intends to, also, increase the competitiveness of the participating wineries by a sustainable labelling. The project offers an on-line tool for life cycle analysis (LCA) and life cycle cost analysis (LCC), specialized in the wine sector, which allows wine makers to carry out a selfassessment of its process. Once identified the problem areas, within the winemaking process, improvement actions are proposed in order to reduce environmental impacts. The winery will have to commit itself to the improvement of the performance of its process for ECO-PROWINE label which, in addition to complying with the requirements of the wineries, is attractive and clear for consumers.

The main objective of the seminar is bringing different stakeholders, together, in the sector of wine, to define concepts, methods and technologies regarding sustainability in the production of wine, as well as the challenges and non-technological barriers which arise in this field. As a result, a reference document which gathers the collected proposals and conclusions of the various discussion sessions of the seminar will be produced.