Living labs

OCCITANUM – Open Lab Viticulture

The Living Lab is located in the Gaillac vineyard, in the Occitanie region in the South West of France. It is specifically located in the Tarn department, 18 kilometers from Albi and 50 kilometers from Toulouse. Its vineyards are located in the Tarn valley, extending across the terraces on both banks, as well as on the northern hillsides of the valley.

Situated in the heart of the Midi-Pyrénées region, Gaillac is part of the large family of “South-Western Wines” which includes 17 AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) and 12 IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée). Positioned between the vineyards of Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées regions have perpetuated their wine-making vocation. 

The Gaillacois is located within a region where conflicting climatic influences converge. The combination of Mediterranean warmth and the oceanic humidity of Bordeaux provides the vineyard with highly favorable conditions. However, what truly sets the wines apart, according to the winegrowers, is the unique contribution of the Autan. This hot and drying wind originating from the warm regions of central Africa proves to be a valuable ally for the vines, playing a significant role in producing exceptional wines.

The purpose of our technology

The aim is to develop a practical tool for winegrowers that utilizes satellite or air-borne images to create management zones.

This tool will allow the winegrower to effectively quantify and monitor the heterogeneities of his plots, promoting self-reliance in analysis and decision-making. Simultaneously, it will maintain the option for collaboration and facilitate communication with technical advisors and within the farm.