R&D

R&D

Bodegas Roda S.A., as part of its business strategy, has since 1998 drawn up a policy supporting scientific research, development and technological innovation as a means towards the continual improvement of its competitiveness and growth, the result of which has been the definition and development of successive tri-annual plans of research and developme

2016-2019. Sixth R&D plan

IBEROEKA "IBEROGEN". "DEVELOPEMENT AND EXPLOITATION OF GENETIC VARIALITY OF TEMPRANILLO AND MALBEC CULTIVARS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN BIOTYPES ADAPTED TO CLIMATE CHANGE".

The Ibero-American cooperation project IBEROGEN (Spain - Argentina), led by Bodegas Roda will study the genetic diversity of grape varieties in Iberoamerica (Tempranillo and Malbec) in order to select genotypes or lines more adapted to climate change conditions and morphotypes with greater tolerance to wood diseases. Bodegas Roda will work with its own collection of clones from its germplasm bank.

The project is funded by the Center for Industrial and Technological Development (CDTI) and by the Economic Development Agency of La Rioja (ADER) through the Operational Program FEDER of La Rioja.

2013-2016. Fifth R&D plan

INNOVINE "COMBINING INNOVATION IN VINEYARD MANAGEMENT AND GENETIC DIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE EUROPEAN VITICULTURE"

Bodegas Roda has achieved its increasing competitiveness through an exhaustive study of the vineyard management and breeding techniques.
Within this framework, the strategic goal of the project is to help the European vineyard sector facing the increasingly global competition. To achieve taht goal, Bodegas Roda will work, with 26 European partners, to satisfy consumers demands for diversified high quality wines and concerns for food safety, by meeting requests for environmental-friendly production systems that avoid or minimize the use of pesticides and spare of not renewable natural resources. The INNOVINE project will provide the European viticulture with plant material, tools and methods to help it cope with the negative impacts of Climate Change.

2013-2016. Fifth R&D plan
(KBBE, VII FP)

VINNO SO2 "DESIGN OF AN OENOLOGICAL ITINERARY TO BREED HIGH QUALITY WINES SULFITE-FREE"

The sulfur dioxide (SO2), is widely used in winemaking and indeed most food industries, because of its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Nevertheless, sulfur dioxide has some negative effects.

This project led by Bodegas Roda with the cooperation of three partners has the goal of developing a new oenological itinerary to reduce and/or avoid the need for (SO2) additions during winemaking. To reach this overall goal Roda will apply food technology and knowledge previously developed in wine growing.

The project is funded by the Spanish 'Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad'
2013-2016. Fifth R&D plan
(INNPACTO 2012)

FITOTOX 2013: “EVALUATION OF ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF RED GRAPES PHENOLIC EXTRACTS.. APPLICATIONS IN WINEMAKING “

Stuck fermentation in winemaking is responsible for high economic losses, whatever its cause. There are several potential causes of a stuck fermentation-the most common are a must deficiency in the nitrogen food source, excessive temperatures and/or high alcohol content.

FITOTOX 2013 aims to identify and learn about another possible cause of stuck fermentation, little studied to date, and emanating from the antimicrobial activity of certain phenolic compounds of the grape itself, which can affect the rate and extent of fermentation (FOH), although in the literature there are no studies on Saccharomyces cerevisae. They may also have an impact on the development of malolactic fermentation (MLF).

The overall objective of the cooperative project FITOTOX 2013, led by Bodegas Roda, is the extraction, characterizacion and evaluation of antimicrobial activity against Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Oenococcus oeni and of phenolic compounds from grape musts and wines. From the results obtained, this study is intended to produce solutions that avoid the negative effects of stuck fermentation.

01.04.2013-30.06.2015
Financia CDTI y ADER

VIN Y SOST PROJECT 2014

Bodegas RODA through VINySOST project aims to respond to the main scientific-technical challenges of the wine sector which, betting on sustainable production in vineyards, seeks to increase the competitiveness os our wines nationally and internationally.

This is a project in partnership from CIEN programme (CIEN, is the acronym of the Strategic Programme of National Business Research Consortiums managed by CDTI) constituted by 8 companies and supported by 10 Spanish Research organizations, which has a fundable budget of 7.45 M €.

Financiado por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad y CDTI

2008-2012. Fourth R&D plan

Cenit Demeter Proyect

The global warming is clear; it has been said by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts about the Climate Change (IPCC) in its 27th Plenary Session (Valencia 2007). It exists a great uncertainty about the space and temporal importance of the climate change and at this juncture, the wine-growing sector has the duty to develop adaptation strategies, including technological innovations, new systems of use of the vineyard, a better management of water resources and a greater basic knowledge to obtain quality wines that meet the consumer demands.

In front of this situation Bodegas Roda has begun in 2008 the CENIT DEMETER project “Development of Strategies and Vine-Growing and Oenological Methods opposite the climate change. Implementation of new Technologies that improve the Efficiency of the Resulting processes” (Acronym “Cenit Demeter”). It is a multidisciplinary and interregional project and its aim is to create scientific-technical knowledge that allow the Spanish vine-growing sector to adapt successfully to the climate change. It has the participation of 31 leading research groups and 27 companies in the sector. It is structured with seven different basic or core researches and other specific lines of different companies. Bodegas Roda takes part in the basic lines of research contributing its vineyards of reference (cold zone), on which will be carried out a study about the effect of climate change in the ripening process of the grape, different vine-growing techniques will be evaluated to adapt to the change and it will study the effect thereof about the sanitary conditions of the vineyard. It also produces wines in the core line to study adaptation strategies of the yeasts and bacteria to the new composition of the musts and wines.

Bodegas Roda, however, goes beyond and also develops specific lines in the framework of the cenit project; and thus has four additional projects in which collaborate the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the University of La Rioja, the University of Salamanca and the University of Zaragoza respectively.

2008-2012. Fourth R&D plan
(Ingenio 2010, CDTI)

2003-2006. Third R&D plan

"THE INFLUENCE OF GRAPES AND WINE-MAKING PRACTICES ON EXTRACTION, DEFINITION AND PHENOLIC AND AROMATIC STABILITY IN RED WINES. DEVELOPMENT OF THE MAXIMUM OENOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF THE GRACIANO" VIN03-043-C3

This project came about in response to concerns at Bodegas Roda as to finding out which grape characteristics and wine-making practices enable a greater phenolic and aromatic extraction. In this research, which was performed in coordination with the Universities of La Rioja and Salamanca, a selection was made of what were considered the best individuals of the seedbank and of the cv. Tempranillo and its characterization, and thereby to achieve the best wines in the near future. For the purposes of this project we studied the influence of viticultural practices in the synthesis of phenolic compounds and precursors of aromas. In the winery, different technologies were studied and developed which permitted maximum stable phenolic extraction. The influence of microbiological stability on the aromatic and phenolic profile of the wines was also studied. All of which led us to achieving wines that are structured, harmonious, elegant, and at the same time both physico-chemically and micro-biologically stable.

2003-2006. Third R&D plan
( INIA)

"DETERMINATION OF THE OPTIMUM MOMENT TO RUN THE WINE OFF THE SKINS AND EARLY DETECTION OF PATHOGENOUS MICRO-ORGANISMS IN THE AGEING OF QUALITY RED WINES: METHODOLOGY AND PROTOCOL OF PROCEDURE". IBEROEKA IBK-03-293 IBERVINIS

The high quality of the grapes used by Bodegas Roda for the vinifications enable the extended post-fermentation macerations which characterize our winery. This fact, however, has caused us to wonder as to how long exactly we should macerate. The project thus came about through Iberico-American co-operation (Uruguay and Spain), providing the wine-maker with the necessary tools to determine the optimum moment to run the wine off the skins in the vinification of quality red wines. We do not wish however to ignore the microbiological processes throughout the ageing period. For the purposes of this project, a suitable methodology was developed for the early detection of pathogenous micro-organisms which would prevent organoleptic alterations in the wine.

2003-2006. Third R&D plan
( CDTI/ADER/PROFIT )

Craft Paradox

Bodegas Roda are not solely interested in achieving the highest quality wines, they are also involved in the study of the beneficial effects of wine on people’s health, and this has led to our participation in a VI Programa Marco project. In this project, which includes the participation of pluridisciplined European teams, the extraction of antioxidant active principles of the grape skin and pips is sought in order to obtain additives with beneficial effects for health.

CRAFT PARADOX
2003-2006. Tercer plan I+D+i
( VI Programa Marco )

Craft Sulfree

The use of sulphur as a preservative and an antioxidant in wines can nevertheless have undesirable effects on people’s health, such as migraine, allergies and so on. This fact has attracted our interest, and we have begun developing alternatives of organic origin which are free of these unpleasant and undesirable effects. We are therefore fully commited to a VI Programa Marco project, developed by European pluridisciplined teams, working on the introduction of alternative products to sulphur in wines.

2003-2006. Tercer plan I+D+i
( VI Programa Marco )

2000-2002. Second R&D plan

"VITICULTURAL AND OENOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES OF POLYPHENOLIC SYNTHESIS, EXTRACTION AND STABILISATION IN RED WINE. EUREKA E!2450 EUROAGRI POLYPHENOL."

The atmospheric conditions of temperature and humidity in the ageing of red wines are fundamental parameters which have an incidence on their quality. This fact led us to devise a European cooperation project (Germany-France-Spain) which enabled the development of a climatic architecture in the winery, equipping Bodegas Roda with the means to control the humidity and temperature in optimum mode for the ageing of our wines. This project complemented an ICO-CDTI project which led to the creation of an innovative, technological cellar for ageing in barrel.

Appropriate ripeness tests will also enable us to assess wine-making grapes for picking at the optimum moment of ripeness. For this reason, the R&D department is also developing a methodology for quality assessment in wine grapes which will then equip Bodegas Roda with the necessary skills to make its wines with grapes that are picked at their optimum moment of ripeness. Finally, in addition to these actions, the study of a seedbank that was created earlier, is moving ahead.

2000-2002. Second R&D plan
( CDTI / ADER / MCYT)

"CREATION OF A SEEDBANK OF RIOJA CV. TEMPRANILLO. PHENOLIC CONTENT OF THE INDIGENOUS VARIETIES, OPTIMIZATION OF THE EXTRACTION AND STABILIZATION". VIN00-043-C3

This project came about as a result of our concern to find out more about our indigenous grape varieties. It is a project that has been set up in coordination with the Universities of Rioja and Salamanca with the aim of studying the phenolic profile of our indigenous varieties, Tempranillo and Graciano, together with the profile of the wine during the different phases of the wine-making process. Knowledge of the phenolic profile of our varieties and our wines during the different phases of the wine-making process has helped us to use those viticultural practices and wine-making techniques that produce more structured, attractive, elegant and round wines, such has been achieved in our excellent RODA wines.

2000-2002. Second R&D plan
( INIA)

"CREATION OF A TECHNOLOGICAL CELLAR FOR AGEING WINE IN BARREL"

The process of ageing a wine is basic in its definition and its qualities. In this process the conditions of temperature and humidity are key factors in carrying out the malo-lactic fermentation in barrel and also for the stabilisation of the wine. It is therefore necessary for the cellar temperature and humidity to be kept within determined limits which must be controlled. Bodegas Roda, for the purposes of this project, built an innovative technological cellar for ageing wine in barrels with underfloor heating and cooling, enabling strict temperature and humidity control. In this cellar we are able to reach temperatures of 20°C in winter to carry out the malo-lactic fermentation in barrel, and cool temperatures of 14°C in summer for the stabilization of the wines; all with a constant humidity in the order of 75%.

2000-2002. Second R&D plan
( ICO-CDTI )

1998-2000. First R&D plan

“SELECTING AND MAINTAINING PHENOTYPES OF THE CV. TEMPRANILLO IN THE RIOJA D.O.CA; STUDY OF ITS PHENOLIC CONTENT AND ENHANCEMENT OF ITS EXTRACTION”

The massive use of clonal material of the Tempranillo grape variety since the 1990s has caused an incalculable loss of ancient bio-types of the Tempranillo variety. Each old vine that is pulled up carries away with it precious genetic information which will never be recovered.

One of the particularities of Bodegas Roda has been to use old vines with a wide genetic variability which we see as being in danger of disappearing if we do not act in time.

For all of these reasons, we set up an ambitious project in 1998 which was to enable us to recover a sufficient number of morfotypes of the cv. Tempranillo and ensure, in the future, the continuation of our type of wines and bring to the scientific community a great seedbank of our fundamental grape variety.

This project enabled us to select 550 different bio-types of Tempranillo in its natural habitat, thus beginning the creation of a seedbank for grafting on to 12,000 plants. In another area, work is being carried out in the viticultural and wine-making field to achieve a greater concentration of polyphenols in our wines.

1998-2000. First R&D plan
(CDTI/ADER)