Adaptation of viticulture to climate change

Newsletter n ° 1

High resolution observations of viticultural adaptation & mitigation scenarios

In the current context of climate change, the wine industry is facing multiple challenges, including adapting its practices and reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to its activities.

The LIFE-ADVICLIM project will study climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, tested on demonstration sites in five European vineyards regions; Cotnari, Rheingau, Bordeaux, Sussex and Val de Loire, thanks to funding from the European Life programme.

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90 temperature sensors have been installed in Saint-Emilion & Pomerol to model temperature at a high resolution. Vine phenology and grape ripening are monitored to better understand the influence of spatial temperature distribution on vine behaviour and wine quality.


The Cotnari vineyard is located in the norh-eastern part of Romania and illustrates the temperate-continental climate zone within the ADVICLIM prject. This area produces white wines, including the famous Grasa de Cotnari sweet botrytized wine. The spatio-temporal variation of the local thermal regime is monitored through 20 sensors installed within the vineyard area.

Meeting at Plumpton College

On the 15 & 16 th of June, the partners of the LIFE-ADVICLIM project were reunited to participate in the mid-term meeting at Plumpton College (UK).

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union
Under the contract number: LIFE13 ENVFR/001512