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A Review of the Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for European Viticulture

Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-environmental and Biological Sciences, CITAB, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, UTAD, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
National Research Council of Italy, Institute of BioEconomy (CNR-IBE), 50019 Florence, Italy
Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry, University of Florence, UniFi, 50144 Florence, Italy
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), 4422 Belvaux, Luxembourg
Department of General and Organic Viticulture, Hochschule Geisenheim University, 65366 Geisenheim, Germany
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(9), 3092;
Received: 31 March 2020 / Revised: 21 April 2020 / Accepted: 27 April 2020 / Published: 29 April 2020
Viticulture and winemaking are important socioeconomic sectors in many European regions. Climate plays a vital role in the terroir of a given wine region, as it strongly controls canopy microclimate, vine growth, vine physiology, yield, and berry composition, which together determine wine attributes and typicity. New challenges are, however, predicted to arise from climate change, as grapevine cultivation is deeply dependent on weather and climate conditions. Changes in viticultural suitability over the last decades, for viticulture in general or the use of specific varieties, have already been reported for many wine regions. Despite spatially heterogeneous impacts, climate change is anticipated to exacerbate these recent trends on suitability for wine production. These shifts may reshape the geographical distribution of wine regions, while wine typicity may also be threatened in most cases. Changing climates will thereby urge for the implementation of timely, suitable, and cost-effective adaptation strategies, which should also be thoroughly planned and tuned to local conditions for an effective risk reduction. Although the potential of the different adaptation options is not yet fully investigated, deserving further research activities, their adoption will be of utmost relevance to maintain the socioeconomic and environmental sustainability of the highly valued viticulture and winemaking sector in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: viticulture; wine production; climate change; adaptation; risk reduction viticulture; wine production; climate change; adaptation; risk reduction
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Santos, J.A.; Fraga, H.; Malheiro, A.C.; Moutinho-Pereira, J.; Dinis, L.-T.; Correia, C.; Moriondo, M.; Leolini, L.; Dibari, C.; Costafreda-Aumedes, S.; Kartschall, T.; Menz, C.; Molitor, D.; Junk, J.; Beyer, M.; Schultz, H.R. A Review of the Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for European Viticulture. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 3092.

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Santos JA, Fraga H, Malheiro AC, Moutinho-Pereira J, Dinis L-T, Correia C, Moriondo M, Leolini L, Dibari C, Costafreda-Aumedes S, Kartschall T, Menz C, Molitor D, Junk J, Beyer M, Schultz HR. A Review of the Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for European Viticulture. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(9):3092.

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Santos, João A., Helder Fraga, Aureliano C. Malheiro, José Moutinho-Pereira, Lia-Tânia Dinis, Carlos Correia, Marco Moriondo, Luisa Leolini, Camilla Dibari, Sergi Costafreda-Aumedes, Thomas Kartschall, Christoph Menz, Daniel Molitor, Jürgen Junk, Marco Beyer, and Hans R. Schultz. 2020. "A Review of the Potential Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Options for European Viticulture" Applied Sciences 10, no. 9: 3092.

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