Sustainable Wineries

VIDA challenge case description

The Wine Industry is a growing sector, with a diverse location of the hot spots for wine production from Africa to America, like France, Italy or Spain.

Harvesting, grapes sorting and processing, fermentation, clarification and packaging are some of the steps for wine production, that involves large volumes of water and energy.

As defined by the Wine Institute in California, sustainable winegrowing includes a comprehensive set of practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. These include resource efficiency practices for conserving water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality and other social and economic practices. To achieve this status, many challenges in the wine production need to be tackled: climate change adaptation; efficient cleaning processes and water reuse.  (source:

Innovation areas to address resource efficiency challenges

Closing loops; innovative water sources; water treatments for industrial processes; improvement of cleaning; I4.0 solutions optimizing the overall process including dosing, artificial intelligence, optimized monitoring and control of the process parameters and material flow and quality control.

Existing innovative solutions

Some of the identified innovative solutions to approach this challenge were presented via VIDA Webinars. See all the presentations here:

Elea Pulsed Electric Field Systems to the food, beverage sector

Demonstration Vouchers funded by VIDA

DV014 – Pulsed electric field: an innovative solution for sustainable red winemaking


Enlisted VIDA Challenges and cases present the examples and not an exhaustive list. Some additional resource efficiency challenges in the agri-food sector may be also considered eligible.

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