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1st Edition

Environmentally Sustainable Viticulture
Practices and Practicality

Edited By

Chris Gerling

ISBN 9781774633861
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
424 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

As climate change becomes a growing reality, more industries must grapple with how to implement sustainable business practices at every step of the production process. This is especially true for viticulture, where every step of production can take years to come to fruition, and any decision made must take into account the future.

This valuable volume serves as an introduction to some of the important concerns that viticulturists must address to keep this industry moving in the right direction, including the best sustainable practices in the wine industry, how to assess sustainability programs, how to consider viticulture in the broader context of sustainable agriculture and industry, and the role of the consumer.

Edited by a researcher from Cornell University, this easily accessible volume offers a glimpse into the future of the winemaking industry and points to future steps in both research and business practices.

Table of Contents


Part I: Overview

Sustainability in the Wine Industry: Key Questions and Research Trends;

Cristina Santini, Alessio Cavicchi, and Leonardo Casini

From Environmental to Sustainability Programs: A Review of Sustainability Initiatives in the Italian Wine Sector; Chiara Corbo, Lucrezia Lamastra, and Ettore Capri

Transnational Comparison of Sustainability Assessment Programs for Viticulture and a Case-Study on Programs’ Engagement Processes; Irina Santiago-Brown, Andrew Metcalfe, Cate Jerram, and Cassandra Collins

Part II: Elements of Sustainable Viticulture: From Land and Water Use to Disease Management

Adoption of Environmental Innovations: Analysis from the Waipara Wine Industry; Sharon L. Forbes, Ross Cullen, and Rachel Grout

Improving Water Use Efficiency in Grapevines: Potential Physiological Targets for Biotechnological Improvement; J. Flexas, J. Galmés, A. Gallé, J. Gulías, A. Pou, M. Ribas-Carbo, M. Tomàs, and H. Medrano

Management Intensity and Topography Determined Plant Diversity in Vineyards; Juri Nascimbene, Lorenzo Marini, Diego Ivan, and Michela Zottini

Advanced Technologies for the Improvement of Spray Application Techniques in Spanish Viticulture: An Overview; Emilio Gil, Jaume Arnó, Jordi Llorens, Ricardo Sanz, Jordi Llop, Joan R. Rosell-Polo, Montserrat Gallart, and Alexandre Escolà

Some Critical Issues in Environmental Physiology of Grapevines: Future Challenges and Current Limitations; H. R. Schultz and M. Stoll

Managing Grapevines to Optimise Fruit Development in a Challenging Environment: A Climate Change Primer for Viticulturists; Markus Keller

Molecular Strategies to Enhance the Genetic Resistance of Grapevines to Powdery Mildew; I. B. Dry, A. Feechan, C. Anderson, A. M. Jermakow, A. Bouquet, A.-F. Adam-Blondon, and M. R. Thomas

Part III: What Role Do Consumers Play in Sustainable Viticulture?

Bibere Vinum Suae Regionis: Why Whian Whian Wine; Moya Costello and Steve Evans

Sensory Descriptors, Hedonic Perception and Consumer’s Attitudes to Sangiovese Red Wine Deriving from Organically and Conventionally Grown Grapes; Ella Pagliarini, Monica Laureati, and Davide Gaeta

Part IV: How Does Viticulture Interact with Other Environmental Issues?

Avian Conservation Practices Strengthen Ecosystem Services in California Vineyards; Julie A. Jedlicka, Russell Greenberg, and Deborah K. Letourneau


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Chris Gerling is part of the Cornell Enology Extension Laboratory (CEEL), which conducts applied research trials, industry workshops, and custom analysis. He is the project manager of the Vinification and Brewing Laboratory at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, and he is Cornell University’s extension associate for enology in New York State. Formerly a commercial winemaker, he now engages with the farm-based beverage industry to maximize the quality and sustainability of wine, spirits, and ciders. He serves as a liaison between the research and commercial sectors to help ensure that research is industry-driven wherever possible and that the industry learns of and benefits from research results.


"This collection of articles edited by Gerling (Cornell Enology Extension Laboratory) does a service to viticulturists by addressing one of the important topics in current viticulture. ... This book represents a good start, which, one hopes, will lead to a second generation of such collections and to reports of a decrease in the number of current environmental limits to commercial viticulture. ... Summing up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and two-year technical program students."
CHOICE, December 2015