PROJECT ABOUT CARIGNAN VARIETY GENERATES NEW PRODUCTS

THE RESULTS OF THE INITIATIVE, WHICH RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE FUND FOR INNOVATION FOR COMPETITIVENESS (FIC-R), WERE SHOWN IN A RECENT SEMINAR.



October 20, 2017

Base information and characteristics about the geological origin, soils and climates that are associated with the areas in which the strain is cultivated, were part of the results obtained by the "Generation of Terroir Units for Growing Carignan in the Maule Region" project, developed by the Technological Center of the Vine and Wine (CTVV), with the support of the Innovation for Competitiveness Fund from the Maule Region (FIC-R).

Such results were presented in a seminar that concluded the project, where three products were shown. One of these is the "Catalog of the Terroir" that provides information about the specifications of the geological origin of studied areas; the soils of the 24 units of base terroir analyzed and the vineyards, climates and vinification. To that end, grapes were harvested during two seasons to make wine that was analyzed in order to determine their chemical composition.

The other two products consist in a Carignan promotion document and a digital multilayers map.

In this regard, the director of the project and of the CTVV, Yerko Moreno, stressed that the most important results have been precisely these three products. "A workbook was generated that contains different thematic maps of the characteristics of the terroir of the Carignan, in English and Spanish, to be disseminated. In addition, a book was published with all the results of the project to deliver simple and detailed information. Finally, the launch of a multilayer platform to locate the terroirs and get to know the characteristics of soil and climate that explain the behavior of the wine. Here we use science which is also useful to producers," he said.

The maps included in the booklet show the places where are located the various premises of the ECA, which correspond to the 24 referred units in the project and the 90 vineyards that produce Carignan in the zones of San Javier, Empedrado and Cauquenes.

With regard to the digital multilayer map, based on a Google application, different layers of maps overlap to locate each of the vineyards and their characteristics. The platform will be launched in the near future.

Moreno emphasized that with the results "we add information for those who make that this wine has better sales arguments."

Gonzalo Herrera, Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer, said that "it has been a project that resulted in all what was planned, which is technical information related to the cultivation of this strain of a part of our region, which has had a boom in the last time, because producers have been able to give a boost to the organization around this wine."

One of the highlights has been the union for almost six years of the producers of the strain, who created the "VIGNO" association. For the Vice President it is "an unusual experience in Chile, competing winemakers that act together generating a common brand like VIGNO".

Andrés Sánchez, president of the Association of Carignan Vineyards, explained that "the project FIC-R helped us with key information for maintaining the unity of the association and the next step is to produce an international seminar on this strain."

For his part, Regional Councilor Maria del Carmen Perez emphasized that these "are initiatives that give us development, progress, and the rescue what we are in the zone".




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