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Multi-strain indigenous Yeast and Bacterial starters for ‘Wild-ferment’ Wine production

Objective

Traditionally, wines were produced by the resident grape/winery microbiota, whereas nowadays commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Oenococcus oeni starter cultures are widely used to ensure a manageable process. Despite advantages, this may lead to sensory resemblance of wines from diverse origins. Currently, the competitive nature of global wine market urges for the production of premium wines with regional character. Consumers also call for allergen-free wines made according to natural and organic procedures. To this end, the use of indigenous S. cerevisiae or non-Saccharomyces (wild) yeasts and lactic acid bacteria (LAB) is a tool to create wine complexity and authenticity, while selected LAB may effectively control malolactic fermentation and thereby eliminate biogenic amines (BA). The innovative scope of this project is to combine native S. cerevisiae with wild yeasts and native O. oeni with other LAB in the development of peculiar multi-species yeast and bacterial starter blends, respectively. These formulations will be carefully designed to fulfill all the essential and desirable winemaking properties to serve as starters in induced wild fermentations for the production of specialty organic or conventional wines. For this purpose, the biodiversity of key EU viticultural areas will be thoroughly screened to identify strains of enological importance as per their phenotypic characters and genetic traits. Their eligibility will be validated in plant-scale fermentations and wines will be evaluated by sensory analysis and consumer acceptance testing. Outcomes will enable (a) launching of ‘wild ferment’ technology in winemaking, (b) production of innovative, safe terroir wines and (c) compliance with rules on organic wine production and BA content. By these means, the project will assist the SME-AGs from leading wine producing EU countries (France, Italy, Spain, Greece) to enhance marketing abilities towards a more competitive and sustainable wine industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/viticulture

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings
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Coordinator

ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 15 000
Administrative Contact
Chrysoula Tassou (Dr.)

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITE VICTOR SEGALEN BORDEAUX II

Participation ended

France
Address
Rue Leo Saignat 146
33076 Bordeaux Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Lucas (Dr.)
SYNDICAT DES VIGNERONS BIO D'AQUITAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 164 700
Address
Le Grand Barrail 7
33570 Montagne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Becquet (Mr.)
ENOSY AGROTIKON SYN SMON PEZON - (UNION OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES OF PEZA PEZA UNION)
Greece
EU contribution
€ 114 700
Address
Kalloni Pediados
70100 Irakleio, Crete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georgios Koumantakis (Mr.)
CONSORZIO TUTELA VINI D'ASTI E DEL MONFERRATO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 84 700
Address
Via Morelli 15
14100 Asti
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Barreri (Dr.)
COOPERATIVE WINERY OF NEMEA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 114 700
Address
Papakonstantinou Leoforos 130
20500 Nemea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Panagiotis Stathakopoulos (Mr.)
CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN CALIFICADA PRIORAT CORPORACION LOCAL*CONSELL REGULADOR DELA DENOMINACIO D'ORIGEN QUALIFICADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 84 700
Address
Carre Major 2
43737 Torroja Del Priorat Tarragona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antoni Alcover Jofre (Mr.)
SCEA ANDRE CHATENOUD
France
EU contribution
€ 80 684
Address
Chateau De Bellevue
33570 Lussac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Chatenoud (Mr.)
ANONYMOS VIOMICHANIKI ETAIRIA OINOPOIIA-POTOPOIIA AIGIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 65 900
Address
Gefira Meganiti Aeghion
25100 Aeghion
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stelios Tsiris (Mr.)
SOCIETE CIVILE AGRICOLE DU CHATEAU GUIRAUD
France
EU contribution
€ 117 916
Address
Chateau Guiraud 1
33210 Sauternes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xavier Planty (Mr.)
FERRER BOBET SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 154 300
Address
Ctra De Falset A Porrera 6/5
43730 Falset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabel Fortuny (Ms.)
ARALDICA CASTELVERO - SOCIETA COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 700
Address
Viale Pietro Laudano 2
14040 Castel Boglione (At)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudio Manera (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luca Simone Cocolin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX
France
Address
Place Pey Berland 35
33000 Bordeaux
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Lucas (Dr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE LA VIGNE ET DU VIN
France
Address
Domaine De L'espiguette
30240 Le Grau Du Roi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sophie Lombardi (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Spain
Address
Carrer De Escorxador
43003 Tarragona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosa Sola-Alberich (Dr.)