Vine growing description of Aeolian archipelago

An agroclimatic description of Aeolian archipelago viticulture area (Me), Italy is presented. Aeolian archipelago is located off the northeastern coast of Sicily and it includes the islands of Alicudi, Filicudi, Salina, Panarea, Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano. At present vine growing in this area accounts for about 160.0 ha, 96.0 of which at cv Malvasia di Lipari; the remaining 64.0 ha are dedicated to other varieties. The appellation Malvasia delle Lipari DOC includes sweet aromatic white wines, raisin wines and fortified wines from Malvasia di Lipari and Corinto Nero varieties. The appellation IGT Salina produces white, red, and rosé wines as well as monovarietal wines with the indication of the specific variety (Malvasia di Lipari, Catarratto bianco, Nerello mascalese, Ansonica, Nero d’Avola, Corinto nero, etc.).
The agroclimatic analysis concerned rainfalls, temperatures, vine specific bioclimatic indexes (Winkler, Huglin, Branas and Fregoni), ET0, and hydro-cultural consumptions. The agrometeorological data were provided by Sicilian Agrometeorological Information Service (SIAS) and by Regional Hydrographical Service (SI). The study allowed achieving an agroclimatic description of Aeolian archipelago, which is functional to the improvement of traceability and any kind of further study for territorial programming, as well as the evaluation of territorial aptitudes.

Authors: Michelangelo POLICARPO (1), Vincenzo PERNICE (1), Antonino DRAGO (2) and Dario CARTABELLOTTA (2)

(1) Vivaio Federico Paulsen – Regione Siciliana, Via A. Lo Bianco 1, 90144 – Palermo, Italy
(2) Dipartimento Interventi Infrastrutturali – Regione Siciliana, Viale R. Siciliana 2771, 90145 – Palermo, Italy


Keywords: GIS, bioclimatic indexes, grapevines, temperature, phenological phases

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