Special Issue "Viticulture for Wine Production"

A special issue of Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Eugenio Revilla

Departamento de Química Agrícola y Bromatología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Phone: 914974832
Interests: viticulture; enology; phenolic compounds; aroma compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well established that wine production is affected by a series of factors related to the environmental conditions of vineyards, and by the genetic characteristics of grapevines, regardless of the technological procedures used in wineries. In the last decade, new approaches have been made to improve grapevine cultivation to meet the requirements of wine production in the 21st century, which is being affected by climate change, especially in the Mediterranean Basin and in other Mediterranean climate regions in North America and the Southern hemisphere. These approaches include the development of sustainable practices, such as the use of precision farming techniques, a better management of water and energy in vineyards, or the improvement of environmentally friendly control methods for pests and diseases. In addition, the process of genetic erosion detected in some areas and the need for plants adapted to climate change may require the development of new varieties with better characteristics for wine production, using the existing genetic resources in commercial varieties and in wild genotypes of Vitis vinifera.

Original and review papers dealing with all aspects of the impact of viticulture in wine production are welcome for inclusion in this Special Issue of Beverages.

Prof. Eugenio Revilla
Guest Editor

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  • viticulture
  • wine production in 21st century
  • climate change
  • sustainable practices in vineyards
  • genetic resources

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Open AccessArticle Soil Erosion as an Environmental Concern in Vineyards: The Case Study of Celler del Roure, Eastern Spain, by Means of Rainfall Simulation Experiments
Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 30 March 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 6 April 2018
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Soil erosion in vineyards is considered as an environmental concern as it depletes soil fertility and causes damage in the fields and downstream. High soil and water losses decrease soil quality, and subsequently, this can reduce the quality of the grapes and wine.
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Soil erosion in vineyards is considered as an environmental concern as it depletes soil fertility and causes damage in the fields and downstream. High soil and water losses decrease soil quality, and subsequently, this can reduce the quality of the grapes and wine. However, in specialized journals of viticulture and enology, soil erosion studies are not present. This paper surveys the soil erosion losses in the vineyards of Celler del Roure, Eastern Spain, as an example of Mediterranean vineyards. We applied rainfall simulation experiments (10 plots) using a small portable rainfall simulator and 55 mm h−1 in one hour to characterize soil erodibility, runoff discharge, and soil erosion rates under low-frequency–high-magnitude rainfall events at different positions along the vine inter-row areas. We found that 30% of the rainfall was transformed into superficial runoff, the sediment concentration was 23 g L−1, and the soil erosion rates reached 4.1 Mg ha−1 h−1; these erosion rates are among the highest found in the existing literature. We suggest that the vineyard management should be improved to reduce land degradation, and also should be shifted to sustainable agricultural production, which could improve grape and wine quality. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Comparison of Nutrients Assimilation and Chlorophilic Content under Chlorinant Conditions for Different Grapevine Varieties in the Somontano POD
Author: Pablo Martín-Ramos
Affiliation: Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Abstract: Iron-deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is an important abiotic constraint affecting the growth and yield of grapevines growing in calcareous soils in the Mediterranean region. In the work presented herein, eleven varieties (viz. merlot, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, parraleta, moristel, aglianico, macabeo, sauvignon, chardonnay, and riesling renano) were grown using the same rootstock (1103 Paulsen) so as to assess their IDC resistance. In addition to a monitoring of leaf chlorophyll content for the different varieties under study, petiole analyses were also conducted in the fruit setting and veraison stages in order to compare the macro- and micronutrient contents. Although correlations between the different nutrient contents in the petiole and chlorophyll concentration in the young leaves were not found, suggesting that petiole analyses cannot be used as a predictor of possible anomalies of leaf chlorophyll content (including IDC), significant differences in N, P, Fe, and Mn contents were detected amongst varieties. Regarding IDC resistance, the tempranillo variety showed the best performance, followed by merlot and macabeo, while sauvignon, chardonnay, and riesling renano showed the lowest leaf chlorophyll concentrations.

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