It is called VIOLoC and its purpose will be to start a technological revolution in the world of wine, the experimentation born from a collaboration between theUniversity of Pisa, National Research Council andUniversity of Tuscia provides for the use in the vineyard and in the cellar of on-chip sensors with remote connectivity, which in anticipation will be able to change the analytical system in the wine-growing sector, with the result of increasing the quality of the final product and reducing costs for the 'business.
"A large laboratory that is reduced to a chip within a few microns, and in this chip there may be sensors that can analyze polyphenols, acids, sugars in real time, with a quantity of data that can be read, sent in cloud, processed through artificial intelligence algorithms and then returned to the company in the form of numerical data. The bottles will no longer move, there will be no machines that turn, pollution but only electrical signals and numbers that turn "he explains. Fabio Mencarelli, full professor of Oenology at the University of Pisa.
The project VIOLoC, presented at the Calappiano farm in Vinci, is only one of the 3 projects won byUniversity of Pisa under the special supplementary research funds.
"We are very keen to maintain excellence both in research, for example with artificial intelligence, as well as in humanities such as archeology in which we are a leading institution in the world," he explains. Carlo Petronius Deputy Rector of the University of Pisa.
The project also has among the partner companies Senses Wines, a Tuscan company that has always been committed to research and respect for the environment and which will begin testing right from the next harvest.
“A path that is part of a broader long-term project that is to explore new frontiers in our sector trying to aspire to improve the product and the sustainability of our business. - tells Massimo Senses, commercial director of Sensi Vigne e Vini - In this case we are going to seek an extremeization of taste through innovative technologies, we go into the winemaking process by recording, thanks to nano technologies, the evolution of taste while the taste is formed . A worldwide revolution that reflects our philosophy which is to aspire to be ahead "
The use of artificial intelligence, which will also have its own experimentation in the mill for the production of extra virgin olive oil, will also become an additional weapon to combat the problems caused by climate change.