WHAT’S FUTURE FOR SANTORINI’S VITICULTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The own-rooted vineyard of Santorini is a unique case of vineyard worldwide that is been cultivated for thousands of years. On the island’s volcanic soil, the vines are still cultivated with traditional techniques, which are adapted to the specific and extreme weather conditions that prevail on it. While climate change is a reality in the Mediterranean region, will Santorini vineyard endure its impact? The study of the traditional training systems, techniques and vine density, as well as the application of sustainable solutions (cover crops and use of kaolin etc.) revealed sustainable methods for the adaptation of the local viticulture to new climatic phenomena that tend to be more and more frequent in the region due to climate change. The purpose of this study aims at presenting the current situation, highlighting on the status of traditional viticulture of the island and providing tools for viticulturists in order to adapt to these new conditions with a sustainable manner.
1. Xyrafis, E. G., Fraga, H., Nakas, C. T., & Koundouras, S. (2022). A study on the effects of climate change on viticulture on Santorini Island. OENO One, 56(1), 259–273. https://doi.org/10.20870/oeno-one.2022.56.1.4843
Issue: OENO Macrowine 2023
1. Laboratory of Viticulture, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos Street, GR-11855 Athens, Greece
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Assyrtiko, Kouloura, Climate change, Greece