VIBU (Les Vignerons de Buzet) is a grape-growing and wine-producing cooperative founded in 1953 and located in the south of France, close to the Bordeaux region, in the heart of the Southwest and the Garonne Valley. It represents 95% of the “Buzet” denomination. The partner produces 12 million bottles with a turnover around 25M€, and looks for towards sustainable development by providing the no-use of chemical fertilizers and integrating all the parameters to avoid pesticides in vineyards. Its cooperative nature, together with its recent business and work strategy, converges towards a sustainable vineyard management; only justifiable by its strong commitment to the project in seeking faster and more reliable characterization for the cooperative members’ vineyards.
With previous experience in monitoring vineyards, the Buzet partner provides 80 acres of great testing ground, all the vine work to be done, and actively carries out the following tasks:
- Participates in the selection of sensing needs (WP1 and WP3).
- Participates in the platform validation, and prototype testing on its premises (WP4).
- Participates in the in-field demonstrations (WP2 & WP4).
- Contributes to dissemination activities and management (WP5 and WP6).