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Climate change is one of the main challenges facing humanity since it is expected to be an environmental, social, and economic threat. The olive tree and the vine are perennial crops where the yield and quality of their products (wine and oil) are greatly influencedby climate, making them very susceptible to global warming. The increase in temperatures will lengthen the vegetative period of vines and olive trees and all their phenological stages will spread, including maturation, thereby causing an imbalance in the composition in warm areas and affecting the quality of wines and oils. For this reason, the agricultural and oenological sector faces enormous challenges, forcing them to adapt to future changes.

The Swiss winemaking regions are mostly located to the north of the Alps and have long had difficulty ripening their grapes. The current warming period therefore poses as much of an opportunity as a challenge for Swiss wines.

Here is a list of Organic wine producers and Biodynamic organic wine producers in Cape Town and The Western Cape

Waterkloof Wine Estate | Somerset West

Most wine producers in both Douro and Vinho Verde wine regions are very aware of the importance of environmental, social and economic sustainability in wine and tourism related activities, and are fully committed with it.

Combining century-old methods with new and innovative techniques and using cutting edge technology, they are making sure to contribute to the preservation and promotion of the vitality and sustainability of the territory.

Sustainability protects both the people and the place, creating a healthy environment to live and work in. In Bordeaux, where most vineyards are family run and are an integral part of the community, the philosophy of stewardship as properties are passed down from generation to generation is an important motivator for a sustainable model.

Mendoza counts around 150 wineries open to the public during normal times. Many of them are focusing on sustainability, committing themselves for the current and future improvement of their surroundings. We would like to inspire you by sharing some leading cases worth highlighting!

 

Among the challenges facing Rioja wineries today is attracting discerning wine tourists who have no shortage of choices of wineries to visit. The most forward-thinking wineries here are moving away from the traditional model of “visit the winery, taste some wine and go to the gift shop” toward an approach focusing on the vineyards.  Explaining how the specific conditions in a particular vineyard – soil, microclimate, elevation, exposition to sunlight, grape varieties, farming techniques and the relationship of the vineyard to its habitat is a necessary step to gain a better understanding of what goes into a bottle of wine.

Rheinhessen has numerous wineries that set great store on sustainability – and the trend is rising. This is a sign that many wine-growing companies realise that sustainability and wine tourism are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Here are two examples.

Wine tourism is an economic model of sustainable development with a strong capacity of enhancement, playing a strategic rule in the distribution of tourist flows. It is certainly a sustainable restart model to take as an example.

Up until the end of the 1990s, winegrowers were making widespread use of chemical products to combat vine diseases, pests, deficiencies and viruses. The establishment of integrated production and proof of ecological performance (PEP) for winegrowing, the creation of Vitiswiss (the Swiss federation for developing sustainable winegrowing) and the Vaud association Vitiplus, and the launch of the Vinatura label have all helped to boost vine and wine professionals’ considerations and awareness in this area.

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