Innovation in the wine industry: Environmentally-friendly chemicals and thermovinification awarded Oenovation trophy

Tuesday October 07 2014 by Vitisphere

 

Two companies were the joint winners of the 10th Oenovation trophy:

 

Antofénol, for its “range of natural fruit and vegetable preservatives” developed by “leveraging the antifungal and antioxidant properties of wine waste (pomace, stems, branches)”. Founded by Fanny Rolet (photo on the left) in Languedoc-Roussillon, the company specialises in eco-extraction technologies and won the national competition sponsoring business start-ups in innovative technology last year (Public Investment Bank). AP3M, for Thermopack (photo on the right), thermovinification equipment patented and developed by Christophe Pereira. Specialising in heat treatment for wines, he founded his business in Vayres (Bordeaux Right Bank).

 

A special prize was also awarded to the network of sales representatives belonging to the WineTailors franchise, founded by Alexandre Chevrollier and Karine Goetgheluck.

The Oenovation award scheme was created by the Bordeaux Montesquieu Technology Park (Marcillac). It is designed to act as “a springboard for identifying, supporting and promoting innovative projects in the wine industry,” explained Christian Tamarelle, chairman of the Montesquieu local authorities, last March. The trophy is open to start-ups though also companies under 4 years old. The awards will be officially presented in Bordeaux on December 3, due to the scheme’s ties with the next Vinitech-Sifel show (from December 2 to 4, 2014) where prize winners will have their own stand.

In 2012, two companies were also joint recipients of the award: Metidia (Evry) and Wikeeps (Langon).

 

[Source: Vitisphère; Photos: DR]

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