Vina Concha y Toro announces the official opening of its new Center for Research and Innovation in Chile’s Maule Valley set. The Center occupies a 16,150-square-foot facility adjoining the 2,700-acre Lourdes estate located less than a mile from Concha y Toro’s state-of-the-art greenhouse and nursery in Rauquen. The undertaking, representing an initial investment of approximately $5 million U.S., is designed to support viti- and vinicultural research and experimentation on behalf of the entire Chilean wine industry. Research at the Center of Research and Innovation includes alliances with worldwide academic institutions, instituted for the “greater good” of the wine industry in Chile and beyond. One of the facility’s first partners is University of California (Davis), which recently dispatched a team to Chile to establish a Life Sciences and Innovation Center in partnership with Concha y Toro.