On February 7, a delegation from Penedès, headed by the Deputy Mayor of Vilafranca, Josep Mª Martí, travelled to Villefranche-sur-Saône, capital of the Beaujolais wine-growing area to exchange experiences on the circle of the vine with the aim of moving towards making the respective wine regions more sustainable.

In the delegation of Penedès, were also present the President of the DO Penedès, Josep Mª Albet, the Coordinator of the project, Jordi Cuyàs, the Head of International Relations of the city council, Carme Ribes, and the Technician of viticulture of the Catalan Institute of the Vine and Wine, Lluís Giralt, who explained the experience of the project in both public facilities and wine cellars.

On behalf of the Beaujolais, its team of interlocutors was formed by members of the SICAREX centre, a joint body of the French Institute of Vine and Wine and the Wine Interprofessional of the territory, and specifically its director, Bertrand Chatelet and the responsible technician Sophie Penavayre, who verified that “Vineyards4Heat” is a practical and contrasted response to a part of his project “Valuing the winemaking biomass”, in response to the fact that in France the law has approved the need to make use of this biomass energy, and in which the wine-growing areas of Bourgogne-Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Cognac and Champagne are working in coordination.

20170208_095108Besides with this positive presentation to those responsible for the wine and vine sector, the project was also presented to the Deputy Mayor of Villefranche, Béatrice Berthoux, who is vice-president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with more than 7.5 million inhabitants and responsible for its educational institutes (large energy consumers), who was very interested in both the vineyard and energy production, agreeing on both sides to deepen and maintain contact, in order to advance jointly in this field.