• Life Vine Adapt

    Sustainable Viticulture for Climate Change Adaptation

    © C. Ackermann
  • © C. Ackermann
  • © C. Ackermann

Sustainable viticulture within reach

Excursion as part of the LIFE project VineAdapt

On 19.10.2021, project managers from the Landgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt, the Landesweingut and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences met with Gert Zender, State Secretary in the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Economics, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry, winegrowers and representatives from politics and administration at the Eulau vineyard of the Kloster Pforta State Winery to inform them about the current status of the LIFE project VineAdapt.

The Secretary of State, coming from the Moselle, emphasized in his greeting the importance of the wine project for the Saale-Unstrut region. "The project, financially supported by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, is dedicated to current issues of the day. Adaptation to climate change and the preservation of biodiversity are playing an increasingly important role in the state's viticulture as well" emphasized Zender. He praised the international cooperation in the EU project and expressed his pleasure about the active participation of 20 regional winegrowers in the project.

Subsequently, the State Winery Kloster Pforta and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences informed about first promising results. For instance, the number of plant species within the biodiversity vineyards has more than doubled and the number of selected species is significantly higher in the biodiversity vineyards than in the conventionally planted control vineyards.

In addition to interesting technical presentations, there was also time for a walk-through of the demonstration plots and for various discussions on the sidelines.


Exchange of experience among colleagues - the region becomes more colorful

The LIFE project "Sustainable Viticulture for Adaptation to Climate Change" (LIFE VineAdapt) has now been able to convince 14 winegrowers from the Saale-Unstrut wine region to sow species-rich and regional wild plant seed mixtures in their vineyards and thus contribute to more biodiversity and climate protection.

After one year of the project, the Landgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt, the Landesweingut Kloster Pforta and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences invited the winegrowing colleagues of the Saale-Unstrut wine region to an exchange of experiences. Also present was the viticulture consultant of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, Mr. Lolies. The meeting on 7.09.2021 took place on very historical ground: the EULAU Heideberg was first mentioned in 890 in the Hersfeld tithe register.

The meeting served to exchange experiences so far in the project on viticulture methods adapted to climate change, to present initial results and to jointly discuss the way forward.

In addition to the technical discussions on wild bees, flowering mixtures, care dates and yields this year, the result of a survey conducted with all participating winegrowers on a joint marketing strategy in the project was presented.

The project is co-financed with funds from the European environmental program LIFE and the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Energy. 

1 year LIFE VineAdapt: a short interim report

Time is flying by. The first 12 months of LIFE VineAdapt are already behind us. While the first weeks were mainly characterized by preparatory measures, we were able to really get started with the field trials at the beginning of the current vegetation period.

In the meantime, site-adapted wild plant mixtures have been sown in the trial vineyards in Germany, Austria and Hungary, and France will soon follow. The first rounds of the necessary vegetation and faunistic studies have largely been completed.

With a view to developing biodiversity-friendly understory management, Austrian colleagues have begun testing different forms of treatment: mechanical brushing, spraying of acetic and pelargonic acid. Germany will follow next year.

To use resource-efficient fertilization methods, the block trial was set up in Germany. Fertilization has now been carried out in 4 variants.

Trials on resource-efficient irrigation have also started successfully. The block trial has been installed in Germany; experimental vineyards have been selected in both Germany and France. The first analyses on vegetation, fauna and soil are available.­­­

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