Advancing towards a sustainable viticulture in Tacoronte-Acentejo

The recent closure of the Diginnova project has marked a milestone in the Tacoronte-Acentejo region, known for its rich tradition in wine production. The collaboration between the Tacoronte-Acentejo Regulatory Board of the Denomination of Origin (CRDO) and the University of La Laguna has generated valuable data that could be key in the adoption of more sustainable practices within the wine industry.

Assess the environmental impact of wine production

The main objective of Diginnova was to collect detailed information on the various environmental impacts caused by the processes of cultivation of vineyards and production in wineries. To do this, extensive analysis and calculations were performed, focusing on four key impact categories: Carbon Footprint, Human Toxicity, Fossil Energy Depletion, and Ozone Layer Depletion.

The results, which have already been presented to the wineries involved in the project, will be shared with the rest of the members of the Tacoronte-Acentejo Regulatory Council shortly. The study meticulously breaks down the data, allowing for detailed analysis and providing clear insight into how current operations affect the environment.

Implementing more sustainable practices

One of the most important aspects of Diginnova has been to provide a solid starting point for the implementation of more sustainable practices within the wine industry. Armed with the information obtained, both the Regulatory Council and the wineries and viticulturists can now work together to develop effective strategies that minimize environmental impact.

As part of the initiative, various recommendations have been proposed to promote a more environmentally friendly viticulture. This will not only benefit nature, but will also ensure the long-term sustainability of an industry that is critical to the region’s economy.

Future prospects

Although the Diginnova project has come to an end, its legacy will continue as Tacoronte-Acentejo wineries and viticulturists adopt a more conscious and sustainable approach to their operations. Engagement and collaboration will be crucial in this process, and the community as a whole will have an important role to play in supporting these initiatives.

The synergy between academia and industry, as demonstrated in this collaboration, also sets a positive precedent for future projects seeking to address similar challenges in other regions and sectors.

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