University of Donja Gorica (UDG)

Montenegro

The University of Donja Gorica (UDG) is a private educational institution established in 2010 in Podgorica, Montenegro. UDG provides multi-disciplinary expertise and proactive attitude to accelerate world technology and business environments and emphasises and encourages entrepreneurial pedagogy, having strategic partnerships with several Montenegrin companies.

UDG is the coordinator of MONTEVITIS, regarding the project as an opportunity for boosting Montenegro’s Science and Technology (S&T) potential, gearing up UDG’s research, influence, innovation, and educational practices in viticulture and oenology in an integrative approach considering the challenges faced with climate change.

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)

Portugal

The Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) is devoted to the development, transfer and diffusion of culture, knowledge and science, fostering entrepreneurship in close
collaboration with the community, institutions, and the business sector, advancing scientific knowledge, creating new technologies, and looking to address regional, national, and international issues.

UTAD will be committed to developing, calibrating and validating models for grapevine varieties of Montenegro and to the identification of joint R&D collaboration opportunities.

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Germany

Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), founded in 1992, is a non-profit institute for climate impact research, and a member of the Leibniz Association. PIK focuses on the inter-disciplinary research of climate impact for global sustainability, using methods of integrated and complex system analysis, data integration and numerical simulations. The institute is a leader in its field, contributing to the scientific community with high-ranking publications, and supporting guidance to decision-makers in policy, business and society.

In MONTEVITIS, PIK will lead a work package focused on knowledge transfer aiming at strengthening collaboration between partners and local winegrowers, particularly regarding the implementation of a database of grapevine environmental parameters and grapevine models.

Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI)

Italy

The Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI), dating back to 1321, is a significant centre for research and higher education in Italy, with a strong focus on internationalization. Providing a wide selection of study programmes in the most diverse fields of knowledge, UNIFI is one of the most successful research systems in Italy, having had participated in several programmes of national and international recognition and developing knowledge transfer initiatives, including patenting, joint workshops with businesses and participation in spin-off
companies.

UNIFI will lead a work package for innovative tools and strategies to improve vineyard management with a particular role on building the strategy for mitigation and adaptation measures considering future climate scenarios and suistainable viticulture.

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organisation that creates technological solutions for the digital and ecological eras. LIST is involved with a number of industries, including agriculture & viticulture, biotechnology, renewables, water management, construction and mobility, amongst others.

LIST will lead the development, calibration and validation of a grapevine model for Montenegro’s grapevine varieties and to create a robust tool for vineyard monitoring.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)

Portugal

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) is a consulting company created in 1996, with an extensive understanding of the private and public sectors, having strong connections with
companies, universities, and science and technology institutions, among others. SPI also has a strong background of participating in EU-funded research projects, including over 30 H2020 projects in various research fields.

SPI will lead the promotion of the communication, dissemination and exploitation activities of MONTEVITIS and supporting the strengthening of UDG’s administration and research management capacity.

Zavod za hidrometeorologiju i seizmologiju (IHMS)

Montenegro

The Zavod za hidrometeorologiju i seizmologiju, or the Institute for Hydrometerology and Seismology (IHMS), is a state institution resultant from the merge of the Hydrometeorological Institute and the Seismological Institute, in 2012. IHMS is a full member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), among others.

IHMS will contribute to the project with knowledge regarding environmental parameters, which will be pivotal for several tasks of the project.

Rajkovic Rade (RAJ)

Montenegro

Winery Rajkovic is a family winery located in the vicinity of Podgorica, in Ubli, Kuči, at 450m above sea level. It is one of the first registered wineries in Montenegro, with a multigenerational family tradition of viticulture and winemaking. The company owns a vineyard of 1.1 ha.sa, predominantly growing the traditional Vranac variety, in addition to chardonnay, kratosija, and cubrica – an indigenous variety, and producing all types of wine (red, rosé, white, barrique) as well as traditional Montenegrin grape brandy.

RAJ will contribute to the project by supporting data collection on their vines, providing pre-existing data in their private collections, as well as through implementing sensory equipment for real-time data collection on climate and meteorology records.

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Buk Winery (BUK)

Montenegro

Buk winery is a family winery with a long tradition of making top-quality wines. Buk doo was founded on September 1, 2009. The production range of the winery consists of four wines, two red Buk Vranac and Buk Marselan, one white Buk Charodnnay and one rose wine Buk Rose. The vineyards are located in the village of Crmnica Bukovik (Crmnica – Vranac homelend). The vineyards are located from 270 to 700 meters above sea level. The autochthonous Montenegrin variety Vranac dominates the vineyards, which number around 8,000 vines.

The winery will contribute to the project by supporting data collection on their vines, providing pre-existing data in their private collections, as well as through implementing sensory equipment for real-time data collection on climate and meteorology records.

Milovic Vinarija, Kruna – Ulcinj (KRU)

Montenegro

In Ulcinj, the sunniest town on the Montenegrin coast, the Milović family owns vineyards and a winery. They produce approximately 20,000 bottles of wine annually, combining tradition with modern technology. Their vineyard, consisting of 18,000 vines of special quality grapes, including the native Vranac variety, serves as the source for their wines. Milović wines have earned numerous Grand Gold and gold medals at prestigious international competitions. Additionally, the Milovic complex includes olive groves with 250 trees and mandarin
plantations with 2,000 trees.

The winery will support the project by contributing to data collection on their vines, sharing pre-existing data from their private collections, and implementing sensory equipment for real-time climate and meteorology data collection.

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Vinjarija Vucinic, Zenta (ZNT)

Montenegro

The Vučinić family, with a longstanding tradition in winemaking, combines traditional methods with modern technologies to create high-quality wines that cater to today’s market demands. Their vineyards are situated in Rogami, on the outskirts of Duklja, within the Montenegrin region of Skadar Lake Basin, specifically in the subregion of Podgorica.
Vinjarija Vucinic specializes in producing wines from grape varieties such as Vranac, Kratošija, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.

To support the project, the winery will assist in collecting data related to their vineyards, contribute pre-existing data from their private collections, and implement sensory equipment for real-time monitoring of climate and meteorological records.