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An affordable, easy to use tool for monitoring the wine production process, based on FTIR/ATR and an attached PAS gas cell

Objective

The wine industry, which is made up of thousands of SMEs and family business, is an important contributor to the EU economy, providing countless jobs in vine cultivation and harvesting, wine production, bottling and distribution. However, the sector faces severe problems. Consumption is down, and exports from the New World are making huge inroads into the market. Over the last decade, imports have grown by 10% per annum, while exports are only increasing slowly. On current trends, excess wine production will reach 15% of annual production by 2010/11. The modern wine industry needs tools for process control and quality assessment in order to better manage the fermentation process, which is critical in determining the ultimate quality of red wine. During fermentation it is important to measure both substrate and product concentrations (sugars, phenolic compounds, etc.). However, analysis of these compounds by traditional means requires sample preparation, and in some cases several purification steps, proving time consuming, laborious and prone to human error, while offering no real-time data. To this end, this project aims to develop an affordable, reliable on-line tool for the rapid monitoring of red wine fermentation. Novel inspection techniques will be researched to determine their potential for predicting critical wine fermentation parameters. A prototype VITISPEC on-line monitoring system will be designed, developed and tested in a modern wine making facility and calibrated against existing methods. The results of this project will add real value to EU wine producers by raising the quality standards and consistency of their wine, strengthening Europe’s position as a leading wine producing region of the world and safeguarding the growth of many rural economies across EU-27.
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Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Address

Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 25 778,85

Administrative Contact

Colm Digby (Mr.)

Participants (7)

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BODEGAS TORRE DEL VEGUER SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 214 648

SOCIETE CIVILE D'EXPLOITATION DES CHATEAUX BOYD-CANTENAC ET POUGET

France

EU Contribution

€ 234 196

LNL ELEKTRIK ELEKTRONIK BILISIM VEDANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 212 725,60

Optomesures

France

EU Contribution

€ 210 490

GASERA OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 221 669,25

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 17 618

Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 12 448

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262505

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2010

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 494 525

  • EU contribution

    € 1 149 573,70

Coordinated by:

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain