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.