Wine production is one of the oldest and most important agricultural activities worldwide (28 billion liters produced worldwide in 2018). Portugal is the 5th and 11th largest producer in the EU and worldwide, respectively. The consortium leader, Caves Campelo Lda., founded in 1951, produced 6 million liters of wine in 2019, from which 18.4 % were exported to countries all over the world.
The BacchusTech project seeks to develop a new innovative process, that includes the extraction, purification and concentration of bioactive compounds present in winemaking residues. It is well known that these residues are rich in bioactive compounds (e.g. flavonols, anthocyanins), and this project wants to prove that the residues processing can bring an added value e.g. to the pharmaceutics, food and cosmetics and civil construction industries.
The gain in terms of environmental sustainability of the company, resulting from the implementation of the aforementioned technologies will be estimated by a life cycle analysis approach.