|Description of the Challenge||Winemakers, from Douro Region, need cost-effective, adapted and robust agricultural machinery (or tools) for better soil and canopy management, mowing, spraying, harvesting operations. Machinery/Tools must work narrow terraces (no retain walls), on stony soils (eg. shale), with very high air temperatures (35º degrees), move in slopes between 20 to 50 % (11/12º to 27º).|
The steep slope vineyards from all over Europe - approximately 10 to 12% of the European wine surface – produces high quality wines with high market value, creating highly valued landscapes and generating new tourism markets. Douro Demarcated Region, where Port and Douro Wines are made, is one of the biggest steep slope viticulture regions of the world (44.000 ha). However, this region has difficult orographic, harsh terrain and climatic conditions, with a high diversity of vineyard systems. These vineyards are installed on narrow terraces without retain walls (one row - planted in the outside part of the platform - or two rows, maximum 2 meters inter rows) or on vineyards planted following the slopes (1,7 to 2 meters between rows). Such vineyards are often organized in small plots with difficult access, creating impediments to mechanization increasing human labor and production costs
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Machinery and/or Tools must be cost-effective and robust adapted to:
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|Name of the organisation||ADVID – Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense Edifício Centro de Excelência da Vinha e do Vinho|
ADVID (the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region) is a non-profit organisation established in 1982 with the aim of contributing to the modernisation of viticulture, increasing profitability of vineyards in the Demarcated Douro Region and grapes quality Initial concerns were related to the need to produce continuous information for technical decisions regarding the new terracing systems, vineyard mechanisation, work rationalisation, and the best choice of plant material and quality of grapes produced. These concerns subsequently led to the implementation of “integrated protection” programs and, more recently, to “integrated production”, an essential tool for quality production and increasingly safer products for the consumer.