La Rioja will host the World Wine Tourism Conference

The 7th edition of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Conference on Wine Tourism will be held in La Rioja, Spain, in 2023. This new edition was presented at the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, with the participation of Concha Andreu, President of the Government of La Rioja; Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; and World Tourism Organization Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili.

The Conference has become a leading international forum on trends, tools and opportunities to advance wine tourism. It offers experts and professionals, as well as consolidated and emerging destinations in this tourist segment, the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences.

It’s a sector that can drive positive change, especially in many rural communities.

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization

During the official presentation, which took place at Vivanco’s facilities in Briones, Pololikashvili thanked Spain and La Rioja for hosting the 2023 edition of the Conference, and highlighted the potential of wine tourism as a driver of growth for local economies and as a driver of social change.

The President of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, underlined the recognition that the holding of the Conference implies for the tourist development of the region. “La Rioja has a unique and diverse heritage, both tangible and intangible, linked to wine as food and as a product, and, in turn, this heritage constitutes a leading tourist offer that can and must be even better,” she said.

The wine industry creates jobs and opportunities in the most depopulated areas, driving economic growth

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization

World wine production below average for the third consecutive year due to drought in Europe

The 2022 edition of the UNWTO World Wine Tourism Conference will be held in Alba, Italy, from September 19-21, where industry leaders are expected to discuss pressing challenges such as drought risks this summer. , stagnating production levels in Europe, and the impact of rising temperatures around the world.

According to data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service, Europe experienced dry conditions for most of July, with much of the continent experiencing rainfall and, in particular, soil moisture well below normal. mean. The month started with already dry conditions, following a drier than average June across the UK, Ireland, Italy and most of the Iberian Peninsula, in addition to a large region s stretching from the northern Balkans to eastern Europe and northwestern Russia. .

July started with already dry conditions, following a drier than average June over the UK, Ireland, Italy and most of the Iberian Peninsula, in addition to a large area extending from the northern Balkans to eastern Europe and northwestern Russia.

In France, where July was the second driest month since records began. With a total rainfall of 9.7mm, last month was the driest July since records began in 1959, according to France’s weather and climate service. This represents a rainfall deficit of 85% compared to the average for the reference period 1991-2020. The previous records date back to July 2020 with 16.7 mm of precipitation, and July 1964 with 24.7 mm.

The persistent lack of rainfall since December 2021 has had a major impact in northern Italy, where the Po River has completely disappeared in places. At the end of June, the flow measured at Pontelagoscuro, near Ferrara, fell below an average of 145 cubic meters per second (the historical average flow for June is 1,805 cubic meters per second). In mid-July in Cremona – about halfway along the Po – the water was more than 8 meters below “hydrographic datum”. These dry conditions have had negative effects on energy production, agriculture and river transport in the region.

Grapes grow in narrow geographic and climatic ranges where temperatures during the growing season average 12–22°C (54–72°F). Global warming could have an impact on the yield and quality of established grape varieties. Zurich Insurance reports that in Australia, the southern island state of Tasmania is gaining popularity as its lower temperatures suit Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Winemaker Brown Brothers was one of the first to move in 2010 when it bought three vineyards in Tasmania due to concerns about the impact of global warming on vineyards on the Australian mainland.

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In 2021, EU production volume decreased by 13% year-on-year. Conversely, the wine regions of South America, South Africa and Australia recorded an increase of 19% compared to 2020. However, this volume was not enough to push the world average higher. from production. Only Germany – Europe’s fourth largest wine producer – recorded a 4% increase in volume compared to 2020

Elisha A. Tilghman