IP Erasmus OENOBIO (June 2014)

OENOBIO:Organic vines and wines: innovation, production and management

Intensive Programme ERASMUS
01-14 June 2014
ISVV - 210 Chemin de Leysotte, 33882 Villenave d'Ornon, France

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OENOBIO Intensive Programme is a 2 weeks long training, coordinated by the University of Bordeaux, which took place from the 1st to the 14th June 2014, to tackle organic viticulture (1st week) and organic oenology (2nd week), a strategic growing up area of grapes and wines production. This event took place in Bordeaux (France), at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV), which gathered 30 students and 14 teachers from 5 european universities, all members of Oenoviti international.

The Programme, called OENOBIO, was organized thanks to the support of the Fondation Bordeaux Université, the 2e2f Agency (as part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme) and the partnership between 5 universities: 

- University of Bordeaux, FRANCE - Responsible person: Prof. Pierre-Louis Teissedre
- University Rovira y Virgili of Tarragona, SPAIN- Responsible person: Prof. Albert Mas
- University of Torino, ITALY - Responsible person: Prof. Vittorino Novello
- University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, ROMANIA - Responsible person: Prof. Arina Antoce
- Hochschule Geisenheim University, GERMANY - Responsible person: Prof. Ernst Ruehl

Thanks to the presentations and discussions of 20 experts from the academic and industrial field, OENOBIO allowed the students (Bachelor, Master and PhD level) in oenology and viticulture attending the event to tackle the main challenges and issues of organic vines and wines production: EU regulation and international standards, diseases protection, differences between conventional and organic production, etc. Sensory analyses and visits to local producers were also organized: the students visited the Châteaux Pichon Longueville and Pontet Canet in Pauillac (to see the differences between conventional and organic wine production), the Château Dudon in Barsac (to study bioconversion) and the Château Fonroque in Saint-Emilion (to study biodynamy).

The IP brought together staff and students from different parts and universities of Europe for the common purpose of training and to have a positive interaction concerning organic viticulture and oenology. All the students successfully completed the 2 evaluation sessions and received a diploma supplement, granting them 6 ECTS credits. They were clearly satisfied with the content and the multidisciplinary approach of the IP: at the end of the training, they were asked to fill in an evaluation report and they gave an average appreciation of 4,5 over 5 to the IP. The 5 partner universities for this project were all really satisfied with the IP. A second edition could be organized in a near future, tackling another strategic topic in the oenology and viticulture field, such a for example oenotourism. It is the topic of one the 9 work groups of Oenoviti international and an extremely promising subject in the wine world.

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