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Edapho-climatic conditions

RL 1 (Edapho-climatic conditions) is devoted to the study of the relationship between soil and climatic conditions and vineyards. The multiple effects of these conditions on grapevine physiology are widely recognised, and have implications on yield and berry quality, which in turn determine the quality and typicality of wine. Climate and soils are also major drivers of vineyard water and mineral status, biodiversity and ecosystems, thus also indirectly influencing grapevines.

Viticulture

RL2 (Viticulture) intends to approach the strategic importance of grapevine-environment- agronomy interactions under changing climatic boundary conditions, making assessments of the most suitable grape varieties, genotypes and management practices that will permit Portuguese Northern viticulture to become more adaptable and resilient to a changing environment. For this purpose, the planned activities will adopt a broad inter- and transdisciplinarity, involving researchers from viticulture, grapevine physiology, genetics, phytopathology and engineering with established expertise in both field-based and laboratorial contexts.

Winemaking

RL3 (Winemaking) will focus on investigating the oenological potential of the different Portuguese grapevine varieties, selected in RL2, and on outlining strategies for the production of higher quality and safer wines, concurrently reducing the environmental impacts of winery residues and wastewaters through the application of innovative biological and chemical processes.

Competitiveness

The remit of RL4 (Competitiveness) is to interact with the other RLs transversally, applying an economic approach to the study of wine competitiveness, by which its researchers mean the system’s ability to produce and sell wines profitably in competitive markets. Competitiveness reflects the aptitude of economic players to respond efficiently to a combination of conditions affecting grape- and wine-production, marketing and consumption. This holistic vision of the sector requires economic research on: vineyard systems, markets and consumers, international trade as well as territorially-based activities dependent on the vine and wine complex (e.g. wine tourism and gastronomy).