Experts Warn Greek Winegrowers about Dangerous Climate Changes
OREANDA-NEWS. Climate change has meant that extreme weather events will continually recur and hit all agricultural producers in Greece. Winegrowers will have to switch to new varieties and move vineyards to other places, Georgy Kanakis, a member of the Peloponnese Union of Winemakers, export and marketing manager of the Cavino wine campaign, told RIA Novosti.
According to him, in the future there will be not only intense heat in summer, but also extreme conditions in autumn and winter.
“Climate change will lead to the fact that the temperature in the vineyards will rise, and this will affect the quality. If the vineyard is roasted constantly, the aroma and other parameters deteriorate. We need a cool, balanced climate. Now there is already a lot of work, a lot of ideas, what needs to be done to avoid this influence, "said Kanakis.
According to him, one of the measures is to plant vineyards in higher altitude regions, where it is cooler, in order to preserve the high quality of the product.
"Either the varieties will change. There are varieties that tolerate the heat better, it is easier to work with them in hot climates. This is a whole topic for discussion - how to adjust the production of both wine and other crops to climate change," the specialist believes.
"We are doing this. We have a plus in that we have most of the vineyards at an altitude above 500-600 meters above sea level. The entire series of premium wine comes from vineyards from an altitude of over 700 meters. This gives us carte blanche for the future, that even with such a hot summer, we will maintain a stable quality due to the height, "he said.
The heat is not so bad for the second traditional export product of Greece - olives, the exporter of Greek oil to Russia Elena Kalinina, the owner of the export company Kalinina, and a member of the board of directors of the Greek-Russian Chamber of Commerce told RIA Novosti. According to her, olives suffer more from rain than from heat.