RDP 2014-2020. MEASURE 16.2 Focus Area 2a) – Project: Sparkling wine and semi-sparkling for the relaunch of viticulture in the central-northern area of the Puglia region – Acronym: SPUMAPULIA

Implemented by the Operational Group: SPUMAPULIA


Scientific technical manager: Dott.ssa Maria Francesca Cardone researcher at CREA-VE


Type of operation

RDP 2014-2020. MEASURE 16.2 – FOCUS AREA 2A b) sustainable increase in productivity, profitability and resource efficiency in agro-ecosystems; agricultural production techniques with low environmental impact and organic farming.


The SPUMAPULIA project proposal aims to enhance the typical wine production of Central-Northern Puglia by effectively implementing sparkling techniques in order to obtain new sparkling wines and drinks based on wine and/or must capable of representing the typicality of the Apulian territory and seize the opportunities offered especially by international markets.

To pursue this goal, sustainable viticulture techniques will be used in order to enhance the qualities of the grapes destined for wine production and of increasing the environmental sustainability of native vines typical of the central-northern Apulian area (Nero di Troia and Bombino bianco), as well as “sparkling” techniques to develop innovative products. Finally, the project will have positive effects on the biodiversity of the Apulian territory (recovered accessions, native yeasts and bacteria).


The operational objectives are the following:

  1. enhancement of the wine productions of the central-northern Apulian area, through the identification and transfer of eco-sustainable agronomic techniques for the management of the vineyards which guarantee the achievement of quality standards of the grapes suitable for the production of sparkling wines;
  2. enhancement and use of the microbial biodiversity isolated from grapes, musts and wines of the central-northern Apulian area, to improve the characteristics of the musts/wines;
  3. enhancement of two typical varieties of the central-northern Apulian area (Nero di Troia and Bombino bianco), through the implementation of “sparkling” techniques to obtain: high quality white and rosé sparkling wines and new sparkling products with low alcohol content;
  4. enological evaluation of autochthonous vines conserved at the CREA-VE of Turi and creation of varietal transfer fields;
  5. assessment of the environmental impact of the various innovations through LCA analysis;
  6. assessment of the economic impact of the innovations introduced through profitability analysis;
  7. market analysis will evaluate the potential target markets of the new types of wines developed in the project, in order to maximize the value of the new products with benefits that can be distributed throughout the production chain;
  8. analysis of the dynamics and the actors of the supply chain.

Expected results

The innovations that will be developed by the project will be easy to transfer to the productive world and will be able to generate effects in a short time.

From a production point of view, the expected results are the following:

  1. Increase in the quantitative and qualitative yield of the vineyards.
  2. Expansion of the area destined to historic vines through the reintroduction of accessions of native varieties in order to obtain production of new oenological products.

From an economic point of view it is expected:

  1. a reduction in production costs, as a consequence of the lower use of production inputs per unit of final product (savings in water and in fertilizing and phytosanitary treatments).
  2. improvement of the average selling price as a consequence of the introduction of new products and also as a consequence of the better knowledge of the target markets.

From an environmental point of view, however, we expect:

  1. Recovery of greater varietal diversity of productive cultivars with greater resistance.
  2. Recovery of greater microbial diversity (bacteria and yeasts).
  3. Reduction of the environmental footprint of wine production due to the improvement of the degree of efficiency of production processes.

From a social point of view, however, an improvement in employment opportunities in the area is expected, both in the production phase (agricultural and in the winery) and in the upstream and downstream phases of the production itself. The quality of employment should also improve, both for better working conditions in the production phase (improvement of the environmental sustainability of production) and for the quality of job opportunities that could arise in the upstream and downstream stages of the wine production chain. Finally, an improvement in the knowledge of production processes (new products, new sustainable production techniques) and markets is expected, for the benefit of all operators in the wine sector.

Amount of support received from the European Union

Amount requested: € 499,184.27

Admitted amount: € 499,184.27

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