TWACCI is bringing viticulture to the forefront of the "sustainability in agriculture" debate, whether creating regional adaptation blueprints for wine producers in the wineries and vineyards, or asking hard questions about the viability of irrigation and water use for a non-food, luxury commodity.
We are building a team of Researchers, Associates and Consultants with strong backgrounds in viticulture. Our research into into the future of wine production is "bottom-up" as we believe that the inherent nature of scientific research models do not adequately reflect the qualitative distinctions inherent in this unique crop. When the vitis vinefera is transported and cultivated outside of its native, indigenous climate, then wine producers are forced to manipulate this new environment, which yields varying degrees of success. With climate change creating more erratic weather patterns (weather vs climate), wine is being "adapted" into non-existence. Viticulture's most important Adaptation tool is Irrigation, but Irrigation is Mitigation's greatest foe. The two are hurtling towards each other and where they have collided, they have obliterated each other.
TWACCI would like to create adaptation/sustainability templates specific to each viticultural region and its varietals, both present and future; to influence a change in EU appellation laws in a way that would continue to protect the appellation "brands" but also allow wine producers to explore grape varieties and cultivation methods that will allow them to survive; to determine how much and what sort of irrigation best mitigates soil salinity; and to explore and find our future fine-wine, classic cool-climate regions.