Irrigation of the vineyard – Depending on climate change and market demands
Why watering the vineyard?
Significant changes have taken place in the world wine market in recent decades, especially in terms of international production.
When wine production reached levels of higher quality and consistency, and the effects of global warming on the ground became more and more serious – European wine growers (specialized in wine grape cultivation) began to reconsider their traditional cultivation methods.
In order to ensure long-term investments in local brands, as well as a steady and constant grape yield quality and ultimately for competing in the global high-quality wine market – more and more growers of the “old world” started to use modern irrigation methods.
Another market trend was created when bulk wine producers were trying to prosper into the rewarding medium-quality market, currently dominated by “new world” producers. Bulk wine producers have discovered that modern irrigation methods can help them consistently, with a qualitative production needed for effectively building branded products.
The need for modern irrigation methods in the traditional areas of the “old world” is driven by both climate and market requirements. Throughout Europe, wine-growers are gradually turning to technologically advanced irrigation, in order to get continuous support for consistently producing musts of high-quality, as well as more balanced. Irrigation is nowadays a tool for viticulture and oenology practiced with high quality standards.