How VISCA tool is supporting winemakers take on climate change

Climate change threatens the agriculture sector. Among the different impacted crops, the grapevines are especially sensitive to subtle differences in microclimate conditions, compromising quality (e.g. changes in alcohol, acid, sugar, etc.) and yield. Therefore, it is expected that climate change will jeopardize the European wine industry if no actions are made

 

VISCA project aims to meet the need of adapting the vineyards to climate change by providing a software application integrating climate, agricultural and end-users’ specifications in order to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies and ensure that farmers and viticulturists get the best quality and quantity of their crops.

The unprecedented impacts of climate change are severely affecting the agriculture sector and grapes are no exception to other crops. Premium wine-grapes are especially sensitive to micro-climatic changes where variations modify grapes’ quality (acidity-, sugar-, alcoholic levels) and quantity. Such changes directly affect the European wine industry which encompasses some of the most recognised wine regions worldwide.

That’s why the consortium of Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application (VISCA) , a Horizon-2020 EU funded project with a budget of 3.20 M Euros (2017-2020), has been working to design a Decision Support System (DSS) in addition to providing several climate services.

This DSS is available through a multi-platform web application tool integrating meteorological, agricultural and farmer’s specifications in order to design mediumand long-term adaptation strategies to ensure that wine-growers get the best harvest of their wine-grapes.

VISCA services are validated by real demonstrations with end users, who are part of the consortium, in three demo sites in Spain (Codorniu), Italy (Mastroberardino) and Portugal (Symington)

Published in: FuturENVIRO Nº 73 September-October 2020