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Eco Wine and FSC Cork: a Driving Force of Rural Development


This project aims to reinforce the linkages between cork and wine industries, to promote the application of good farming and forestry practices and to contribute to increased profitability for enterprises and farmers.



Vineyards and cork oak groves occupy large portions of land in Spain. Both suffer from problems related to abandonment and intensification, which have strong negative socioeconomic and environmental consequences. Through good farming and forestry practices implemented by qualified and well trained professionals, the aim is to produce organic wine with Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) corks, re-establishing a bond between these two complementary industries.


1) Sustainable management in agricultural and forestry operations; 2) Long-term profitability by improving the multifunctionality of operations; 3) Development of activities which may serve as a source of profit diversification (ecotourism or alternative forms of production); 4) Reducing the abandonment or intensification of use of soil, and preserving practices and traditions; 5) Improving the quality of life in rural areas.

Main activities

The activities concern two main sectors: wine farming and corking, with this last sector including both forestry activities and those in the corking industry. These activities require the identification of specific geographical areas and the signing of collaboration agreements with the properties' owners and with the cork industry, preparing the good practice manual and the implementation of good practices in pilot operations.

Results & Benefits

1) Improved management of cork oak groves through the implementation of environmentally responsible forest management measures; 2) Improved management of wine farms through the application of good practices for the sustainable use of natural resources; 3) Creation and securing of local employment related to the sustainable management of the region; 4) Training of the local population in sustainable agricultural and forestry management; 5) Training within corking and wine industries in Spain.

Lessons learnt

The project managers recommend: 1) Using the various entities involved starting from the initial design phase right through to the search for common goals; as well as recruiting experts with relevant subject expertise; 2) Employing adaptive management methods, which allow for a certain flexibility in the implementation of the project according to its development; 3) Seeking in-depth coordination with other similar initiatives.

Project location and other information

Castilla-La Mancha, Comunidad Valenciana, Andalucía, Extremadura, Cataluña, Islas Canarias


Castilla la Mancha

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

708 051

EAFRD contribution (€)

207 819

National contribution (€)

326 152

Private contribution (€)

174 079

Project website

Contact name

Celsa Pleiteado



34 91 354 05 78

Languages for contact

English, Spanish

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Individual farmers, Forester

Budget range

> €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 123. Adding value to agricultural and forestry products


Forest management, Agricultural product quality, Forestry training, Wine

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