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Bodegas Patrocinio actively participates in various projects. Through these projects, we maintain our constant commitment to the environment, viticulture and innovation.

Oidio Detection Project (2018)

Bodegas Patrocinio takes part in the R&D Oidio Detection project for a sustainable application of phytosanitary treatments.

Oidio Detection is a co-funded project (funds are worth 30.000€) by Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture), Rural Development Programmes (RDP) and The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and promoted by Grupo Rioja with the participation of Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, Bodegas del Medievo, Bodegas Patrocinio, Bodegas Aradón, Federación de Cooperativas Agrarias de La Rioja (FECOAR), Servicio de Información Agroclimática de La Rioja (SIAR), Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino (Institute of Grapevine and Wine Sciences) (ICVV) and Encore Lab.

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.


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.

Cover cropping

Experimentation with cover crops in the vineyard to control vine vigour.

Functional wine (2007-2010)

Production of functional wine (with a high resveratrol content) to emphasise all the health benefits of wine.

Main actions:

· 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.

Viticultural techniques (2006-2010)

Introduction of techniques to improve vineyard management.

Main actions:

· 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)

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.

Main actions:

· 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.

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