The Vine Science Awards 2015


The Vine Science Awards 2015

‘The Vine’ awards research into potential applications of grape seeds to reduce tooth decay

As part of The Vine, the research work on grape seed extract as an antimicrobial agent applied to improve oral health was the winner for the 2nd International Scientific Poster Competition.

The Vineis an area, within the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, devoted to encourage new businesses that evolve around wine and vine industries.

The jury of the 2nd International Scientific Poster Competitiondecided to award the first prize valued at €3.000 to 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 has proven, for the first time, the huge potential that the 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.

“Consumers are increasingly demanding more natural products with less chemical agents”, state those responsible for this research. Indeed, the results reflect a great step forward, as they may lead to the development of mouth-washes and other oral hygiene products elaborated using polyphenol-rich grape seed extract as an antimicrobial agent. A range of products that might well be used to prevent or treat oral infections.

According to the researchers, this award “recognizes our whole scientific career, more than twenty years of hard work dedicated to the research of everything that surrounds wine, without losing sight of the interests of the wine industry”.

Investing in R+D+I encourages the full use of all of the vine’s resources, resulting in a style of management that is global, although not properly “integral” yet, and which “begins to be possible thanks to the collaboration between producers, wineries and research centers”, in the words of the CIAL-Research Institute for Food Sciences.

The competition, which intends to promote investigations focused on waste management and on obtaining wine and vine by-products, has seen a considerable rise in interest from universities and research centers.  During the seventh WBWE, visitors were able to get a close look at the eight more outstanding investigations presented in this second International Scientific Poster Competition.

The different scientific posters, coming from places as far reaching as South-Africa, France, Italy or Spain, displayed wine and vine by-products being used to obtain fuel, to treat cancer or for cosmetics and food applications.

This award is sponsored by LIEC Agroalimentaria Ltd. and Alvinesa, which are committed to R+D+I as the future of the vine, with the intention of making it a profitable and thriving business by way of making full use of all its resources.



All companies devoted to obtaining wine and vine products and by-products, or to recovering of waste generated by said activities, have a privileged place in this area of the WBWE.

In its second year running, The Vine has gathered more than 30 companies boasting a great variety of products, such as jams and jellies (Elasun, Bubub, Bodegas Roble), beauty products (Uvas Frescas, Viñali, Vigne Cosmetics, Wine Cosmetics, Il poggiarello cosmetici, Vid Esencial), spirits and other alcoholic beverages (Group Grap’Sud, Bodegas Williams & Humbert, Cervezas Medina), table grapes (Uvas Doce), marzipans and other sweets (Rodi, Habemus, Mostillo Almudeno), salts (Abadía Retuerta), vinegars (De Nigris), scented candles (Vila Hermanos, Ianua Caeli), functional bio-products for agriculture (Microgaia Biotech), pharmaceutical products (Actichem), vine shoots (Barbecue & Vigne, Leñas Legua, Todo brasa, Vocarraje, Biomasa Sancho), recovery of wastes, biorefineries and fertilizers (Destilerías San Valero, Microgaia Biotech, Proyecto Clamber, Biopranaworld), and other organic grape derivatives (Explotaciones Hnos. Delgado, Alvinesa), as well as companies specializing in environmental law (Terraqui).

This list is just an example that shows the great potential that can be developed in the vine industry.


The 7th World Bulk Wine Exhibition assembled more than 200 companies and welcomed 6.000 professionals from 66 different countries, which means an increase of 15% in participation. Over two days, Amsterdam became the world’s bulk wine capital and the major meeting point for the main market players. The WBWE, the biggest wine fair in terms of business transactions, is already preparing the ground for the 8th edition, which will be held on the 21st and 22nd of November 2016.