Bodegas Patrocinio actively participates in various projects. Through these projects, we maintain our constant commitment to the environment, viticulture and innovation.
1. Life Synergy
Exploring new solutions to environmental problems affecting the whole of the European Union (EU), as well as integrating the environment into other EU policies.
· Planting of an environmentally friendly Vitivinicultural Production System.
· Environmental improvements with regard to the use of corks, reuse of glass, use of fertilisers and phytosanitary products, etc.
· Improvement of the processes of harvesting and storing grapes, as well as transportation to the winery.
2. Viticultural techniques (2006-2010)
Introduction of techniques to improve vineyard management.
· Pheromone traps to combat moths (2006)
· Precision Viticulture using satellite photos (2006)
· Introduction of new growing techniques
· Fertiliser management using the soil map (2007)
· Rational use of fertiliser and plant protection products to minimise residues in the wine (2007)
3. Functional wine (2007-2010)
Production of functional wine (with a high resveratrol content) to emphasise all the health benefits of wine.
· Increasing concentrations of resveratrol and quercetin in DOCa Rioja wines.
· Studying the effects and development of these concentrations.
· Studying the effectiveness of fermentation treatments in extracting trans-resveratrol and quercetin using HPLC.
4. Cover cropping
Experimentation with cover crops in the vineyard to control vine vigour.
The object of this project was to obtain wines produced with grapes from vines planted in different types of soil, which were grown and then developed in the exact same way.
We thus compared wines whose only difference was the character imparted to them by the terroir.
6. Terroir Project
The project we worked on with CIDA identified 13 different types of soils. We have grouped these into five main types that are the most representative and from which we have produced five wines of the same variety (Tempranillo) that are only distinguished by the nature of the soil their grapes were grown in.
The same tasks were conducted in the vineyard throughout the year (feeding, watering and fertilisation of the plant), then harvesting and vinification were carried out separately in order to get to know the grape’s characteristics better every year. In this regard, we rely on Precision Viticulture, which, based on the Global Positioning System (GPS), provides us with concrete information about the production, vine health, soil, etc.