08 February, 2002

Warming on the agenda

Heat and how it influences the cycle of the vine and the content of the grapes. Important or? The columns of French media have seemed to deal with anything but these matters. Especially local and profesionnal media, despite these are closer to the winegrowing business than the national collegues.

But that is currently changing. Articles, debates in the organisations, names of researchers that work with these subjects pop up all the time these days. Maybe the recent clima summit in Paris has had an effect, maybe time is maturing, maybe only now researchers have new knowledge to share.

Winegrowing in the 22nd century
One of the researchers, who has worked with the effects of the warming on the cultivations of vines in France, is Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar Atauri. At the public French institution of agricultural research - the INRA - he has worked on the expected consequences of the warming for the winegrowing in France in the years 2079-2099.

His most important conclusions according to La Journée Vinicole are:

  • The key phases of the vine will change (unfolding, flowering, development of berries).
  • The biomass (the green part of the plant, that is leaves, stems) will grow.
  • The water stress at the end of the cycle will grow.
  • The weather conditions in the period from maturation to harvest will change significantly.

    The resultats will be presented in the city of Beaune on February 19th at a conference, organised by BIVB, the Burgundy equivalent of the CIVC of Champagne.

    Grand Nord and CO2-udledning
    The young winegrowers of Champagnes have also put the heating on their program next week. They have invited the adventurer Nicolas Vanier, in France very known for the film "Le Dernier Trappeur" to speak about sustainable development.

    And it would be unfair not to add that also the CIVC responsible in environmental questions, Arnaud Descotes, will be there to present the work of his department. They have developped a method to measure the discharges of CO2 with the aim to reduce it 30 percent in 10 years.

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