Winemaking agriculture like other industries is now facing the need to reduce its environmental footprint. One of the issue is to favour the circular economy by adding value to by-products and limit wastes.
After harvesting, the vine branches (or vine shoots) are generally cut and burnt on site.
This French SME based in the middle of the famous Burgundy vineyards area has developed a new process and technology which allows to collect those vine shoots on site and then crush them into powder which mixed with other natural additives allows to make bio-based finished products. One of the first applications concerns vineyard posts which provide a typical case of circular economy recycling, replacing metal vineyard posts usually found in the market.
Other promising tests have been carried out to use vine branch powder for bio-based and biodegradable packaging.
The company is now looking for partners in other winemaking regions in Europe and beyond to transfer its know-how through commercial agreement with technical assistance and eventually to duplicate its business model through joint venture and/or develop other applications through manufacturing agreements.