Vitivinicultural Challenges through the Climatic Change

A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 2325

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1. Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace, 68200 Orestiada, Greece
2. Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, 68100 Alexandroupolis, Greece
Interests: industrial fermentations; functional foods; application of innovative biotechnological technologies for quality improvement of foods; high added value products; bioactive compounds
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Laboratory of Enology and Alcoholic Drinks, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, 75 Iera Odos, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: biotic abiotic stresses in grapevine; innovative vinification techniques; grapevine phenolics; indigenous grapevine varieties; improve aromatic and phenolic profile in grape berries; grapevine plant protection

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Laboratory of Viticulture, School of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: vine physiology; water relations; viticultural techniques and impact on grape microclimate and quality attributes

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Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the effects of climatic change (extreme climatic changes, deficiency and/or quality deterioration of groundwater availability, air pollution, etc.) on the entire enoviticultural sector, as well as all methods and technologies developed to face the emerging challenges.

Within this framework, the Special Issues aims to collect research articles and reviews mainly focusing on but not limited to:

  • Vineyard physiology and metabolism (climate impact on grapevine and microbial terroir changes, adaptation to extreme environmental temperatures and conditions, maintenance of biodiversity, vineyard degradation and landscape erosion, plant protection, effect on wine production and quality, etc.);
  • Energy and production efficiency (reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, “green” vinification, fertilization, maintenance of effective soil productivity and fermentation yields, winemaking from native grape varieties, etc.);
  • Sustainability and circular economy in the enoviticultural sector (smart viticulture strategies, organic wine production, environmental footprint decrease and economic impact on the wine sector, packaging and distribution, consumers’ awareness on wine’s carbon footprint and water footprint, wine market perspective on sustainability, appropriate recycling of wine production byproducts and wastes, etc.).

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Dr. Panagiotis Kandylis
Dr. Dimitris Miliordos
Dr. Serafeim Theocharis
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  • climatic change
  • vineyard physiology
  • vineyard metabolism
  • microbial terroir
  • energy and production efficiency
  • sustainability
  • circular economy

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Impacts of Climate Change in Baja California Winegrape Yield
by Marilina Hernandez Garcia, María Cristina Garza-Lagler, Tereza Cavazos and Ileana Espejel
Climate 2024, 12(2), 14; - 25 Jan 2024
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We analyzed climate change scenarios and their possible impacts on winegrape yield in Baja California, the leading wine producer in Mexico. Linear regression models were used to predict the current yield based on climate and economic variables. Using future projections of the climate [...] Read more.
We analyzed climate change scenarios and their possible impacts on winegrape yield in Baja California, the leading wine producer in Mexico. Linear regression models were used to predict the current yield based on climate and economic variables. Using future projections of the climate variables from two regional climate models (RegCM and RCA4), we evaluated the possible changes in yield for the Near Future (NF: 2021−2040) and Intermediate Future (IF: 2041−2060) periods under low (RCP2.6) and high (RCP8.5) greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. One regression model includes maximum and minimum temperatures (Tx and Tn) of the winegrape growing season and accumulated winter precipitation (Pre), and the other model also includes the real minimum wage and winegrape price to evaluate the operating cost paid by producers. The results show that the linear regression model with the climatic and economic variables explains 28% of the winegrape yield, and Tx and Tn had the greatest influence. The climate change scenarios show that during the winegrape growing season, these variables could increase more than 1 °C in the NF and more than 2 °C in the IF under the RCP8.5 scenario. These latter temperature changes could reduce the yield between 18% and 35% relative to the reference observed climate dataset (Livneh). However, winegrape yield is sensitive to economic factors, as the yield reduction increases at least 3% in all cases. Thus, adaptation strategies need to be implemented in the viticulture sector to reduce future impacts. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vitivinicultural Challenges through the Climatic Change)
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