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SIAD - OICCE International Oenology Prize, the winner of the 2020 edition has been announced: it is a project for the de-oxygenation of crushed grapes to reduce the use of SO2

14 Jul 2020

Premio_internazionale_enologia_vincitori_2020At its first edition, the SIAD International Award for innovation in the use of technical gases in oenology received some important feedback.

At the deadline of 29 February 2020 for the submission of ideas, numerous applications arrived which were analysed by an international jury composed of technicians, university professors, researchers, experts in gas and oenological aids.

Among the proposals, all of which were interesting, the jury particularly appreciated the project presented by a work group led by the oenologist Marco Giulioli, entitled “De-oxygenating crushed grapes to reduce the use of SO2”. The project envisages the implementation of a treatment that can completely remove oxygen from the crushed grapes. It is already in progress and is obtaining excellent results and will continue, until completion, in the 2020 harvest, at the Cantina Sociale “La Guardiense”, in Guardia Sanframondi, in Campania. The cooperative, one of the largest in Italy, has about one thousand members, who directly manage more than 1,500 hectares of vineyards with a production of about 20,000,000 kilos of grapes per year and is part of the WRT research group, Wine Research Team, whose technical leader is the oenologist Riccardo Cotarella.

The Award, consisting of a financial reward and a special SIAD Medal, will be presented by SIAD in collaboration with OICCE during a specifically organized important technical-scientific event.

In addition to the winner, two other projects among those submitted were considered especially interesting for their innovative potential and sustainability aspect.

Their value was recognised by SIAD, which decided to contribute to their implementation.

The 2021 edition of the Prize, aimed at promoting the applicative research of technical gases in viniculture and oenology, will be presented shortly.

The Award is open to university researchers, technicians, students, companies, consortia and to those who present research projects that have as their object the innovative use of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, argon and oxygen within the entire supply chain of the viniculture/oenology sector.

The SIAD International Award has a decidedly innovative aspect: in fact, it envisages awarding a project at any stage of development, even in the start-up phase, which will be carried out in the future.

In this way, it aims to stimulate technicians and researchers to propose new and undeveloped ideas, which receive financial support for their implementation.

Picture: The work group that won the award: from the left Alessio Lonardo, Marco Giulioli, Marino Grillo.