VINENBUZ: Adapting an old vineyard to new environmental and territorial constraintsSeed Funding

The VINENBUZ project is the result of a cooperation started in 2014, with the Vignerons de Buzet in Lot-et-Garonne. The project studies the history of small European vineyards, with a specific focus on the history of the Vignerons de Buzet, a cooperative structure created after the Second World War and very involved, since 2005, in a dynamic of viti-vinicultural production respectful of the environment. In addition to the history of the vineyard, the research focuses on the history of the castle of Buzet, which has since become the property of the cooperative cellar.

Carried out in interaction with the winegrowers of Buzet, the project is a very promising space for experimentation, with a HSS* academia / business partnership. In terms of historical research, the project allows to carry out extremely rich works on the history of a territory in the long term (from Middle Ages to the present day), through various issues, while focusing on questions of wine-growing structures. As such, the project results in classic academic work while also allowing us to measure the importance of corporate cultures and the markers used to cement the work within it. Finally, this history is valued within the territory, as a marker of local development through "public history" or the enhancement of heritage.

Both new and quite rare in HSS, these links are here remarkably developed thanks to a partnership where common centers of interest converge, while carrying reciprocal dynamics understood by the political environment (Region, Department).

Project leader: Laurent Jalabert, Professor of contemporary history, ITEM Lab


* HSS : Human and Social Sciences