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Yuntero R&D Project

19 de August de 2019

Bodegas Yuntero is developing an R+D+I project to alleviate vine wood diseases, called EMV, the biggest health problem of this crop. The work being carried out consists of the application of natural compounds to stimulate the plants' own natural defense system, and which can also increase the quality of the wine obtained.

The first results and advances of the program, which lasted three years and which is currently in its second year of execution, were presented on August 6 in Manzanares (Ciudad Real), during the celebration of the first edition of the "Induction of the Defenses to mitigate the diseases of the vineyard wood", an event attended by more than 150 technicians and farmers, from different parts of Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia.


Program features
The trials are being carried out on two plots owned by the Jesús del Perdón-Bodegas Yuntero Cooperative, both with a total of eleven hectares, and with vineyards of the Airén and Cencibel varieties.

Juan Manuel Jiménez Castro, technical agricultural engineer from the Department of Agricultural Services at Bodegas Yuntero, explains that the objective of these tests is "to be able to stimulate the activity of chitinase by the plant itself, through the use of the molecule mannan oligosaccharides - coming from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cell wall – to produce an immune response that activates the natural defense system of plants”.

These compounds are completely natural and come to replace chemicals. "Applied to plants -adds Jiménez Castro- they also have a positive effect on the production of phenolic compounds, being able to increase the quality of the wine".

Phases and first results
In the first year of the program, different tests were carried out until the most effective dose of the compounds to be applied was found. In this second year, the frequency of product application is being determined. Finally, in the third year, once the ideal dose and frequency have been determined, work will be carried out on six plots in full production. Three of them will be treated with compounds and the remaining three will not, in order to observe the differences and analyze the results.

"So far - Jiménez Castro points out - it has been possible to reduce the disease of the wood of the vines (EMV), with the consequent improvement of the sanitary state of the crop and an increase in the quality of the wine has been observed (antioxidants and polyphenols). , in addition to greater homogeneity and increased production”.

The work is being carried out in collaboration with various companies and institutions dedicated to research and development in the agri-food sector, such as Alltech Crop Science and the University of Extremadura. This project has the support and financing of CDTI and FEDER Funds.


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QUALITY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD SAFETY POLICY

At Bodegas Yuntero we consider essential the development of a Quality, Environmental and Food Safety Management System, based on the Standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and in the BRC and IFS Food Safety Protocols, in order to certify the safe production of our wines, complying with the legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable in our wine production, aging, bottling and marketing activities, and with those established by the client, and other requirements that the organization subscribes, related to its environmental aspects and occupational health and safety hazards.

The Winery supports all staff in the maintenance and continuous improvement of the system, considering each worker as the protagonist of the most important phase of the service of a company of recognized Quality, also promoting responsibility towards the environment.

Bodegas Yuntero, through its Integrated Management System, allows patents, its concern and permanent commitment to Quality and the Environment and to achieve a guarantee for the future of our planet that only competitive, sustainable organizations at the forefront of the market can offer.

Our work is based on the following fundamental pillars:

  • Elaborate top quality products and that they meet the expectations of the interested parties, that they are innocuous, legal and authentic, adjusting to the specified quality, as well as assuming their responsibility towards their clients. This is achieved by defining a clear plan to drive the development and continuous improvement of a culture of quality and food safety.
  • Respect, before their employees, equal opportunityand treatment, their privacy, their freedom from opinion, to guarantee a safe and healthy work environment, the necessary training, employment stability, fair remuneration, as well as avoiding forms of psychological persecution.
  • Offer our customers a Quality service, within the agreed period, maintain due confidentiality and respect for the privacy of thier data, adopt an attitude of honesty and have procedures for handling suggestions and claims
  • Promote in all employees a greater degree of solidarity, responsibility, social participation and the culture of quality and food safety.
  • Manage effectively and efficiently, by making its business activity compatible with the exercise of its social responsibility.
  • Correct and precise definition of the procedures, responsibilities and functions to follow in all departments.
  • Compliance with all the legal requirements and applicable regulations, and other requirements that the organization subscribes.
  • Promotion of qualitu, environmental and food safety, at all comany levels, providing adequate training for all the staff.
  • Prevention, control and minimization of the environmental effects generated in the environment, originated from our activity.
  • Promotion of the implementation of segregation programs at the origin of waste, to favor its subsequent reuse and/or proper disposal.
  • Arrange the delivery of our products in a way that causes the lowest possible environmental impact , always making sure that the products reach our customers in suitable packaging that complies with the applicable environmental regulations.
  • It considers environmental criteria a priority in decision-making, and studying at all times the best environmental technology available, thus modernizing our processes to increase their effectiveness in a reasonable period of time and where necessary.

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