ENI-CBC Med Programme /

BESTMEDGRAPE Project

Berytech is an implementing partner in Lebanon of the New Business opportunities & Environmental suSTainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products – BESTMEDGRAPE project, under Thematic Objective A.2 – Support to education, research, technological development and innovation.

The BESTMEDGRAPE Project in Brief

BESTMEDGRAPE aims to turn waste from wine making into valuable and innovative commercial health products, supporting at the same the creation of new businesses.

The project in Numbers

Duration: 36 months

Start date: 01 September 2019 – End date: 31 August 2022

€ 3.3 million Total budget, € 2.6 million EU contribution, 20% Project co-financing

Main source of funding: European Union (ENI CBC Med Programme)

Beneficiaries

Farmers and local wineries, early-stage researchers, entrepreneurs, enterprises and industrial processing companies interested in recycling wine-making waste, consumers and end-users interested in environmental-friendly grape products, as well as public institutions involved in environmental sustainability.

Implementing Partners

The BESTMEDGRAPE program will be implemented by 8 partners, distributed among several countries in the Mediterranean basin: 

  • 5 Countries: Italy, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan
  • 10 Technical outputs

Partners From Lebanon

  • Saint Joseph University of Beirut

  • Berytech Foundation

Associates From Lebanon

  • Chateau Ksara SAL

  • Chateau Kefraya

  • Chateau St. Thomas

    Grape as a traditional crop in the Mediterranean area has a strong innovation potential, which has not been effectively exploited yet.

    EU-funded project under the ENI-CBC Med Program

    Home to some of the world’s most ancient civilizations, hub for trade and transport, unique hotspot for biodiversity, the Mediterranean faces a multitude of common challenges, including climate change, pollution, youth unemployment and social inequality.

    Acting together to address these challenges and improve the lives of men and women across the region is the impetus for the 2014-2020 ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme”. ENI CBC Med is the largest Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

    The Programme brings together the coastal territories of 14 EU and partner countries, including Lebanon, in view of fostering fair, equitable and sustainable development on both sides of the EU’s external borders.

    Program Details

    Grape as a traditional crop in the Mediterranean area has a strong innovation potential, which has not been effectively exploited yet. People working in the grape cultivation sector are generally focused on improving the quality of grape and wine, but usually don’t consider how to make the most out of grape waste.

    Based on the R&D experience of the partners in the fields of grape valorization, waste exploitation and development of nanotechnological antioxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-neurodegenerative formulations, BESTMEDGRAPE aims at supporting the creation of new startups/SMEs by transferring scientific/technological knowledge on local grape cultivars and the exploitation of wine by-products as a source of bioactive compounds that can be transformed into innovative commercial health products.

    Hence, the project will not only valorize a Mediterranean product – grape – but also the expansion of the grape value chain through the development of nanotechnological products, thus boosting the local economy, reducing environmental pollution and increasing employment opportunities.

    What Will Be Improved?

    BESTMEDGRAPE expects a change of attitude in the way Mediterranean entrepreneurs deal with the many botanical and beneficial properties of local grape cultivars. Great attention will be devoted to the manufacture of high quality nanotechnological, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical products. This will entail the growth of a new value chain derived from grape waste and related job/business opportunities. In addition, the project will contribute to the preservation of the Mediterranean biodiversity and avoid environmental contamination from the huge quantity of bulky waste generated during winemaking.

    Who will Benefit?

    • Farmers and local wineries
    • 35 early-stage researchers
    • 210 potential entrepreneurs
    • Existing enterprises and industrial processing companies interested in recycling wine-making waste
    • Consumers and end-users interested in environmental-friendly grape products
    • 15 public institutions involved in environmental sustainability

    Expected Achievements

    • 20 living labs activated and at least 4 co-publications on native grape cultivars characterization and extraction
    • 1 cross-border technology platform developed to support business networking on grape waste exploitation
    • 250 users interested in technological studies (pre-competitive analysis)
    • 10 products and services developed for commercialization in the field of grape derivatives
    • 10 newly established companies operating in the production and commercialization of innovative products and services in the area of grape and its derivatives
    • 250 pre-competitive analyses of promising products and services
    • 150 potential entrepreneurs selected for the exploitation of promising grape-related products and services

    Meet The Team

    Meet the team members in charge of the BESTMEDGRAPE Project at Berytech.

    Need more info?

    If you have any questions about the BESTMEDGRAPE Program, please email support@berytech.org, and we will get back to you.

    Contributing to SDGs

    As a member of the Global Compact Network Lebanon, Berytech enacts the 10 principles of the UNGC and the BESTMEDGRAPE Project falls under Berytech’s mission to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.