The winemaking is considered a driving force for the promotion of rural land borders, through the enhancement of the wine landscape and the excellence of local products.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the competitiveness of the wine and the attractiveness of the rural tourism, by promoting a model of sustainable viticulture, based on the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and innovative research across all components of the wine industry.

The concept of sustainable viticulture fact suggests solutions to the current problems of the wine-making: economic sustainability, competitiveness, diversification of production and valorization of typical products, and environmental sustainability.

The project, that involves Statistic region Goriška, statistic region Obalno-kraška, Udine province and Gorizia province, started on 01/10/2012 and it will be ended on 31/03/2015. 

Project total costs: 700.000,00 euros.

The project, coordinated by IGA – Institute of Applied Genomics, involves three public partners (University of Nova Gorica, University of Udine – Department of Agriculture and Environmental science (DISA), Agriculture and Forest Chamber of Slovenia, Agriculture and Forest Institute of Nova Gorica (KGZS – Zavod GO) and three private partners (Bigot & Bigot Studio Associate, Consortium for Wine Protection of “Colli Orientali del Friuli” E “RAMANDOLO”, Brda Consortium, Institute for marketing and promotion of Brda.

The partnership reflects the involvement of the entire research-experimentation-enterprises operating in the wine-growing cross border areas of Italy and Slovenia. 

  • Knowledge transfer between research institutions and testing institutions, associations of producers, engineers and companies in the wine sector; 
  • Testing of vineyard management systems with low environmental impact; 
  • Understanding and appreciation of wine genetic resources used in the past in the area;
  • Protection of the environment and of the workers' health against pollution caused by pesticides and synthetic minerals;
  • Promotion of cross-border wine tourism, linked to the image of the typical products and to the healthy production that respects the environment.

WP1 - Coordination and technical management
WP2 - Definition of experimental protocols
WP3 - Characterization of varieties resistant to diseases
WP4 - Evaluation of agronomic practices with low environmental impact
WP5 - Exploitation of natural resources and the health of the environment
WP6 - Communication Plan