Bodegas Aragonesas S.A.

ProfielfotoJeroen Knol July 23, 2015

Three universities, a research institute, a non-profit association and seven companies team up in this project. They are based in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. The companies involved are a manufacturer of pulse power generators  and food companies which will be the end users of the developed technology and methods. The project started in May 2015, it lasts three years and thus three harvesting seasons. The results will be shared on this website and through our newsletter.

Bodegas Aragonesas is a winery from Campo de Borja Denomination of Origin, and its vineyards are located in the foothills of the Iberian Mountain Range, in the northern part of the province of Zaragoza.

All this area, which includes the foot of the Iberian Mountain Range and the high valley of the Ebro river, also shared by Navarra and La Rioja, is a privileged area for growing vineyards, both for the quality of the soil and its climate. The Bodegas Aragonesas vineyards occupy an area of 3,500 hectares, with a height of between 450 and 500 metres and with a formation of small hills facing southeast. This area, cultivated by wine growers from Magallon and Fuendejalon, produces 12 million kilograms of grapes, with a predominance of the “garnacha” variety.

The renewing and, in many cases, the preservation of the best vineyards allows to produce some of the best garnacha wines of the market. The close control of growth, health and the harvest calendar guarantees us the quality of the grape and its collection in the exact moment of maturity. The process is carried out in steel tanks and the ageing in American oak casks, in a large wine cellar with capacity for 1.5 million litres a year, 65% of the production of all the Denomination of Origin. In the last years Bodegas Aragonesas has been involved in several research projects in collaboration with different universities and research institutes on viticulture and winemaking process with the purpose of improving the quality of our wines. The company will supervise studies conducted at UNIZAR at pilot plant scale on improving polyphenol extraction by PEF, will contribute to the systematic process analysis for identify specific requirements for designing tailored PEF equipment for wineries and for adaptation/modification of the current processing steps and finally modular portable low-cost generator for oil extraction will be validated in the facilities of the company.

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