Thursday, February 4th was held in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia an open dialogue on Climate Change and Our Wines, moderated by the journalist specialized in environment, Mª Josep Picó, coinciding with a Conference of the Network of Cities and Towns towards Sustainability. Representing “Vineyards for Heat” project was the coordinator, Jordi Cuyàs, who presented the initiative as one way of combating climate change, at a table which was Dani Ramírez, meteorologist from TV3, Albert Bel, responsible for climate of Torres Wineries and Xavier Vidal, director of the school of viticulture Espiells. From the Dialogue two major conclusions emerged:

The first is that climate change is an undeniable reality and its involvement to the wine sector is very important. Predictions derived from different models to generate climate change scenarios show that the Central American countries and the Mediterranean regions are affected by average drought periods (4-6 months) and long (over 12 months) duration, being between 3 and 8 times more frequent than today.

The combination of hot and cold winter, may affect flowering, usually ahead of it. Potentially, leaves will sprout and expand before. Maturation can be disengaged (the alcoholic can go faster than the phenolic). Long and important very warm episodes in August (acceleration of physiological processes, potential risk of diseases if there are combinations of high relative humidity and temperature).

Meanwhile, reports of climate change of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (CADS) of the Generalitat of Catalonia stand out that the cultivation of the vine (basically in rainfed) would also reduced its productive potential due to the reduction of rainfall. On the other hand, several studies warn of the competitiveness of other producing areas of vineyards, since it cannot be reduced between 25% and 73% of the current area.

The second that, precisely because of this reality, is necessary that the wine sector lead the fight against climate change. In this sense the contributions of the various speakers, assistants and public participation, emphasized the work that has already been doing, but above all the need to lead the social fight against climate change, as a defense of the planet and the sector itself.