The 3-day Vinitech trade show (45,708 professionals) in Bordeaux recently gathered together the world of vineyards and wine and has once again demonstrated the industry’s drive and creativity which are so vital for the regional and French economy.
This sector, which must constantly adapt by being highly innovative throughout the value chain, draws on cutting-edge technology to respond to future needs.
Innovin, the only cluster of its kind in France, supports businesses with their innovation projects in Bordeaux, where the wine industry is so important.
From robotics to drones to the wine version of blablacar, the stars of the Bordeaux wine sector show off their innovations.
Innovin, a unique cluster to respond to the challenges of the industry
Sustainable development, more industrial economic models (size, productivity), globalization… the wine industry faces many challenges.
Innovation is strategic in responding to the sector’s issues and developing competitiveness.
Inno’vin is the cluster for the wine sector in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
The only organization of its kind in France, it brings together players in the wine ecosystem from Bordeaux to Cognac (producers and traders, suppliers of goods and services, laboratories, and experimental centers).
The cluster supports businesses in their innovation projects (more than 130 projects were supported from 2010 to 2015).
Inno’vin promotes competitiveness in the wine industry, and is thus contributing to its economic development and maintaining its leading position.
Among the projects it has supported, a decision-making assistance tool for wineries, EXAPTA, has been developed by Bordeaux company ERTUS, in collaboration with the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation.
The aim is to provide winery managers with technical and operational scenarios for their vineyards to optimize working hours, material resources and phytosanitary treatments.
This project required €395,000 in financing (with co-funding from BPI and the Regional Council) and was conducted in Gironde.
Among the projects it is supporting is Vitidrones, a vineyard remote sensing service using drones. It has been developed by Vitivista with Bordeaux start-up Fly-n-sense.
The aim is to fly drones equipped with sensors over the vineyards to map and detect diseases or deficiencies early on.
This project required €480,000 in funding and was conducted in Gironde.
Bordeaux wine start-ups invent the future of wine
Robotics in the vineyard, smart wine cellars, biopesticides, wine deliveries, oenological products…wine start-ups are developing new solutions to respond to the sector’s needs. Here are a few examples of projects in the pipeline….
Oenocar, the wine version of blablacar is launched!
It was at Montesquieu Bordeaux Technology Park in Martillac that Echo Conseil recently launched Oenocar.fr.
The first version of Oenocar went on-line at the end of November and this new wine car-sharing site makes direct sales between the winegrower and client possible, in response to new consumption trends.
The platform lists the wine-growers’ future plans to transport their wine in the area, as well as details of the wines they intend to transport.
Wine estates that register on oenocar.fr have free access to the service.
The platform’s operating costs are charged to the wine-lover who places the order and receives the wine close to their home. The charge is €0.90 per bottle.
The site will soon be open for individuals or travellers who are in close proximity to the vineyards. This will not only mean that the ‘oenodrivers’ increase the wine-growers’ sales, but they will also be rewarded.
To develop the company further, Oenocar is looking for a developer, a community manager and a versatile tour guide for 2017.
Lamouroux, leader in smart wine cellars
Specializing in the installation of temperature-control systems for wineries since 1988, LAMOUROUX has a brand new plant in Beychac et Cailleau and has just received a distinction for its software at the Vinitech trade show and an ‘Aquitains de l’Année’ prize for its performance.
The company (32 employees) is currently the leader in digitalizing Bordeaux wine cellar management.
It has created Lambox, computer control software for cellars, which also handles the traceability of all wine-growing operations from the vineyard to bottling.
And other new innovations are just around the corner…
Immunrise raise funds
Immunrise is based in Bordeaux and specializes in molecular biology. The company is developing a biopesticide with marine algae to treat mildew and vine botrytis.
In 2015, Immunrise identified a natural extract of marine microalgae with powerful anti-fungal effects.
The start-up needs €1 million and is appealing for crowdfunding on the Happy Capital platform.
Vitirover and its ecological robot
Vitirover, a company based in St Emilion, has developed an economical, ecological solution for the maintenance of large grassy areas (vineyards, solar farms, arboriculture, parks and gardens, etc.)
Powered by solar energy, this autonomous robot makes rounds through the rows of vines, trimming the grassy areas where necessary to ensure the plants grow properly.
After raising €450,000 for the industrial and commercial launch of its robot, Vitirover is now serving its first customers.
With 50 to 100 robots manufactured in Coutras (near Bordeaux) by AssysProd, the start-up is getting ready to send them off to work in French and foreign vineyards.
BioLaffort, global leader in oenological products
An R&D subsidiary of the Bordeaux group Laffort, the Biolaffort company is now considered to be the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of oenological products.
Support from the Nouvelle Aquitaine Regional Council will enable the company to continue its research program which aims to develop new winemaking yeasts and boost its workforce.