It is a research project that aim at compiling, centralizing and analyzing data on native winegrape varieties to assess and predict the impacts of climate change on viticulture in the Iberian Peninsula. More specifically, we are collecting data on phenological, enological and agronomic traits and unifying them in a large dataset, that will be used to quantify the effects of climate on the productivity and quality of 16 winegrape varieties that best represent Spanish wines. In advanced stages of the project, predictive models of the maturation capacity of the Iberian varieties will be forecasted for the winegrowing regions of the Iberian Peninsula and the World.
Iberian Future Wines brings together researchers with ample expertise in viticulture, climate change and agro-biodiversity from institutions such as Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Madrileño de Investigación y Desarrollo Rural, Agrario y Alimentario de la Comunidad de Madrid (IMIDRA), as well as the viticulture group of the Misión Biológica de Galicia of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). In addition, this project counts with the collaboration of a specialized journalist in oenology and will incorporate prestigious centenary wine makers. Together they develop studies aiming to share, synthesize and analyze phenology, agronomy and oenology data relating to Iberian winegrape varieties.
Synthesis and unification of data on winegrape diversity are central to evaluate and predict the effects of climate change on viticulture and to inform adaptive solutions. Taking part in this project offers participants the chance to collaborate in a pioneer European research, whose results will inform growers about the best-suited solutions to adapting their crops to climate change, about the varieties that would perform best in their farms and, about the expected climatic conditions forecasted for their farms under different climate change scenarios. Beyond visibility and outreach of their collaboration, participants will access the results of climate change impacts assessments, specific for their growing lands.