Universities and research centers have a privileged space in order to present their research and progress in the fields of vines, grapes, wine and its derivatives.

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(Deadline extended until 30th of October!)

The Vine is an area within the WBWE, conceived to encourage new businesses that evolve around wine and vine industries. Using every resource, and expanding every possibility, such an initiative shows the great potential that can be developed in the sector.

But in order to do so, we consider it essential to foster Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I). Therefore, since 2014, the World Bulk Wine Exhibition organizes the International Scientific Poster Competition: The Vine Science Award, bringing attention to all relevant research related to obtaining and applying wine and vine by-products, as well as ways of converting waste. From the 2017 fair, research projects, which are not directly linked to the vine residues or byproducts, but that can be applied to the wine sector, can participate in The Vine Science Award.

Any recent research carried out by universities, research centers, companies and public or private institutions can be submitted to The Vine Science Award. The best poster project, among all those admitted and exhibited during the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, will be awarded with a prize valued at €3.000, based on its originality and ground-breaking nature. If the jury deems so, alongside the winner, two “special mentions” can be awarded in order to highlight the quality of another two research projects.

The Vine Science Award 2016

    A research project that found a replacement for sulphur dioxide, obtained from grapevine shoots, has won The Vine Science Award 2016
    Two research projects have both achieved secondary awards due to their quality and importance.

    The prize on the 3rd The Vine Science Award, sponsored by Alvinesa, Beflexi and LIEC Agroalimentaria Ltd., was awarded to the following research: “Replacing SO2 in winemaking with grapevine shoot?” from IFAPA (the Institute of Agriculture and Fishing Research and Training), Rancho de la Merced, Andalucía’s regional government (Spain).

    This project is based on the use of stilbenes –obtained from grapevine shoots–, thanks to their preservative capacity, in order to replace sulphur dioxide (SO2) in winemaking. “Thanks to our results we demonstrate that wood pruning, one of the vine by-products, can be exploited in order to add value to wine and to help environmental sustainability of viticultural crops”, researchers commented.

    This research team defines itself as “a multidisciplinary team committed to the needs of the wine sector”. Therefore, the idea emerged “from the industry’s and the consumer’s need of finding alternatives to sulphur dioxide, by producing more healthy and natural wines, without causing a decline in wine quality”.

    Being awarded The Vine Science Award, researchers explain that “it gives us the opportunity to spread our work in a strategic place, where different types of companies connected to the wine world are gathered. An award that comes from the sector and boosts R&D&I”.

    Given the increased participation and the quality of the research projects presented, the jury has also decided to award two special mentions. On the one hand, “Grape marc polyphenols encapsulation in natural origin carriers by conventional and supercritical fluid based techniques”, within the Project WineSense, focused on the multiple uses of polyphenol extract from grape marc.

    And on the other hand: “Metabolic profiling of winery biomass waste degradation by Penicillium chrysogenum” from the Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO and RMIT University in Australia, related to the development of penicillin production.

Relation of The Vine 2016 Posters


Effect of white grape seed in the anthocyanin extraction from red grape skins previously classified by near infrared hyperspectral tools


Effect of oak wood chips in the anthocyanin extraction from grape skins previously classified using near infrared hyperspectral image


Revalorization of seed from Mencía marc grape to elaborate thermal cosmetics


A microwave pretreatment to enhance grape polyphenol extraction yield, extract richness and bioactivity


Extraction kinetics of anthocynins from wine lees: impact of two distinct pre-treatments


Grape marc polyphenols encapsulation in natural origin carriers by conventional and supercritical fluid based techniques (Special mention)


Replacing SO2 in winemaking with....GRAPEVINE SHOOT? (First prize)


Use of grape byproducts from winemaking sector to improve antioxidant potential of red wines


Metabolic profiling of winery biomass waste degradation by Penicillium chrysogenum (Special mention)


Decommissioned oak barrels recycled to make oak battens for maturation of wine


Woody vine material extraction as source of stilbenes


Fining of red wines with pomace fibers. Effect on wine composition

In 2015, the Scientific Committee of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition decided to award the research work: “Potential applications of a grape seed extract as antimicrobial agent in oral health”, from the CIAL-Research Institute for Food Sciences (CSIC-UAM), in collaboration with the University of Zurich. This research proved, for the first time, the potential that a grape seed extract rich in phenolic compounds of the flavan-3-ol type has to significantly reduce the number of bacteria responsible for tooth decay without any secondary effects. During its 1st edition, in 2014, The Vine awarded the research project: "Seasoning products from wine pomace with interesting preservative and healthful properties", from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science of the University of Burgos (Spain). This scientific project obtained a seasoning product with lower sodium content from wine residues, fit for human consumption.

These are two good examples of the versatility, and economic return, inherent to winemaking residues.

The Vine Science Award is a great opportunity for researchers to exhibit their latest findings on wine and vine by-products and waste, within the context of an international event that gathered nearly 6.000 visitors from all over the world. Thus, this is a platform to foster the technological transmission of many research findings, which are the future of the new businesses within the sector.


  1. To present your research and your findings to thousands of attendees from all over the world. After eight years running, the World Bulk Wine Exhibition is positioned as a key event for the wine industry. During its latest year, in 2016, the fair gathered 220 exhibitors and 6,000 professional visitors from across the world.
  2. To have a place to publicize far beyond the scientific field and in an area such as THE VINE, that is exclusively devoted to commercial activities that enable a more sustainable and profitable vine sector.
  3. To foster technological transmission. Worldwide producers will attend the WBWE and they could make use of your findings in their companies. A very specific group of people, with whom you can establish contacts directly throughout two days and in a single place.
  4. To promote wine and vine by-products. The wine industry has great business potential, which should be spread. Improvements and innovations set the roadmap, as well as new market trends.
  5. To encourage the circular economy in the wine industry.. In this field, Resulting improvements provide cost savings, profitability, sustainability, as well as respect for the environment. A series of businesses whose products and services boost the sector and create synergies with other sectors as diverse as the food sector, cosmetics, nutraceutical companies, the pharmaceutical industry or the energy industry.
  6. To ensure the continuity of winegrowing soils. The more profits obtained from wine and vine by-products and waste, the bigger the business network related to them would be.
  7. To bank on a sustainable use of resources. Both for economic and social reasons, producers are increasingly aware of the need to optimize resources, as well as the treatment and the exploitation of generated waste, while respecting the environment.
  8. To promote the use of products of plant origin and renewable ones. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the use of products obtained from renewable sources. Thus, these products should be as natural as possible, because that is what the final client demands; whether these products are used as fertilizers or consumed as pharmaceutical products.
  9. To show the wide versatility of vine and wine. The latest research has boosted new business activities as a consequence of being able to generate by-products of wine and vine for industries as diverse as health and beauty or energy.
  10. To contribute to improving the image of the wine industry, through a project such as The Vine that boosts the application of more sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques, in order to achieve the sector’s maximum profit, promoting circular economy.

And, to have the opportunity to obtain an award granted by the WBWE. The best research, the poster that stands out for its originality, innovation and importance, will receive 3.000€.


1. Topics:

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition aims to ensure visibility of research on wine and vine derivatives, by-products and waste. Therefore, in order to participate in The Vine Science Award 2016, the WBWE’s Scientific Poster Competition, presentations can cover any topic related to analysis, extraction, and/or handling of wine and vine by-products and waste. All those research studies that, although they do not belong to the wine industry, they can be applied to it, can also participate in the contest.

2. Participants:

Any research work that covers the topics specified above (point 1) can participate in the competition.

Submitted posters can be carried out either individually or in a team; the latter must indicate one of the authors as a contact person, in case the organizers need to contact them. If applicable, any researcher or institution can participate with more than one research project.

3. Layout:

Layout must include a written abstract for previous evaluation and a poster, once the presentation has been accepted by the contest, in order to be featured in the 2016 WBWE. Both documents have to be written in English.

  • Abstracts:
  • Abstracts must contain a title, the author(s’) name(s) and the research content (objectives of the study, methodology, findings and conclusions). Abstracts must not exceed two pages.

    Format: Office Word documents (or Word-compatible). Text layout: the text should be justified, use single spacing and double space between the paragraphs. Font type: Times New Roman. Font size: 12.

  • Posters:
  • Posters must contain:

      - A Title (in bold type).
      - Author(s’) name(s).
      - Liaison, Institution.
      - Objectives of the study.
      - Materials and methods.
      - Findings.
      - Conclusion / Discussion.
      - Bibliography.
      - Format: The poster must be submitted in PDF format and with enough quality so that it can be printed 150 cm high and 80 cm wide.

When submitting the poster, you must attach a datasheet with the following information:

      - Title.
      - Name of contact and mail.
      - Center/Institution.
      - Postal address.
      - Web site.
      - Social networks.

4. Deadlines:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by the 15th October 2017 (Extended until 30th of October!). Abstracts should be sent to posters@worldbulkwine.com with the following in the subject line: “The Vine-Poster 2017”. The WBWE Scientific Committee will notify participants of acceptance or rejection before the 20th October 2017.
  • Once the proposal has been accepted, posters should be sent to posters@worldbulkwine.com with the following included in the subject line: “The Vine-Poster 2017”. Posters should be submitted by the 7th November 2017. The Competition organizers will be responsible for printing the posters.

5. Selection process:

The WBWE Scientific Committee will select proposals and will notify participants of the outcome before the 20th October 2017.

6. Display:

Posters will be exhibited from the first day of the event and during the entire 2017 World Bulk Wine Exhibition, in the area devoted to THE VINE.

Attendance at the WBWE is not compulsory for those presenting research posters; however, for those who wish to attend, the organizers will provide two tickets to access the premises.

7. Award:

Among the posters accepted by the WBWE Scientific Committee and exhibited during the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, the best research work will be awarded a prize.

The decision of the Jury, which is composed of members of the WBWE Scientific Committee, will be disclosed on the first day of the Exhibition, on November 20th, at the Conference Room.

The prize will be €3.000 and a certificate will be awarded to the winners by the organizers of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition.

Both for their acceptance and in order to win an award, posters will be considered and evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance and originality.
  • Methodology and scientific quality.
  • Concision and clarity.
  • Visual aspect.

Participants acknowledge and accept the above rules when taking part in this contest.

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