Sep 23, 2022

Green Vineyards

Educating winery sector workers in environmentally friendly practices is among the priorities of the European Commission from 2021 to 2027, addressing the threat posed by climate change. The EU programme Green Vineyards will create tools to educate workers in the winery sector to perform sustainability projects.

EU programme Green Vineyards main objective is to increase the knowledge and skills in the field of wine workers to address the challenges of climate change.

The Green Vineyards project will provide free and open online training content to workers in the wine sector. The initiative will be developed by seven partners from five European countries.

Educating winery sector workers in sustainability

Among the priorities of the European Commission from 2021 to 2027 is addressing the threat posed by climate change.  Among the programs approved by the Commission is the Green Vineyards project whose aim “is to raise the knowledge, skills and aptitudes of workers in the wine sector, addressing the challenges of climate change.”

An international consortium will develop the project

Seven European institutions will act as partners to develop the project, coordinated by the UNIR (International University of La Rioja):

  • Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin (France)
  • CeSAR (Centro per lo Sviluppo Agricolo e Rurale (Italy)
  • Private Scientific Institution (Northern Macedonia)
  • Institute for Research in Environment (Northern Macedonia)
  • Federación Española del Vino (Spain)
  • Lake Constanza Foundation (Germany)
  • The UNIR – International University of La Rioja)

The development stage of the project is part of the Erasmus + program with a length of 30 months.

Wine sector and other interested parties

Among the Green Vineyards project outcomes are a specific course to educate winery sector workers about environmentally friendly practices, a catalogue of best practices, multimedia resources, a framework of proficiencies and self-assessment and recommendations tools.

The consortium will share these tools throughout the wine sector by means of the UNIR’s program of open education model and technology transfer (UNIRiTED). The developers intend for the tools to be adapted and used by interested institutions and companies in other sectors of the economy.

Tom Perry, Inside Rioja