A greener Europe


Rational irrigation and soil management in cross-border viticulture
Start date
October 2023
End date
September 2025
617.325,98 €
ERDF Budget
493.860,78 €
The project
Project summary

Policy objective: PO2 – A greener, low-carbon transitioning towards a net zero carbon economy and resilient Europe by promoting clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and risk prevention and management

Specific objective: SO4 – Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

Typology: capitalisation project


Viticulture is one of the most important economic sectors in the cross-border area, where it is cultivated with a long tradition. Considering the ongoing changes, mainly due to the climate crisis, and given the evident increase in drought situations, it is imperative to determine good water management practices based on the principles of sustainability established by the European Green Deal and by the Mitigation Strategies. The simultaneous increase in temperatures combined with a decrease in rainfall is threatening both the quality/quantity of the grapes produced and the survival of the grapevines. In the cross-border wine-growing area, the use of irrigation is limited due to both a lack of water sources and a traditional issue.

Nonetheless, the practice of irrigation is now considered, both at the Slovenian and Italian legislative level, a necessary relief practice, which must be considered in the production regulations.


In this new project we want to consolidate and expand these resilience strategies in new areas of high interest (Colli Orientali, Brda) to then be proposed to the main policy makers, with the aim of creating new guidelines that can be applied by winemakers.


In the previous Acquavitis project, irrigation and soil management protocols were developed, in three important viticultural cross border areas (Vipavska Dolina, Karst and Friuli Basso), thanks to the innovative technologies, capable of optimizing the water balance in the vineyard with an ecosystem approach.

The giver partners will transfer this new knowledge to the taker partners with demonstration trials in the field, meetings, and video docu-lessons. The partners will be involved in the promotion of good practices and in the transfer of protocols to the winegrowing areas of both countries with the support of agricultural policies approved by administrative bodies and development agencies thanks to bilateral meetings and two international conferences.


Università degli studi di Udine
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije
Consorzio Tutela Vini Friuli Colli Orientali e Ramandolo
Associated Partners
ARPA FVG - Agenzia regionale per la protezione dell’ambiente del Friuli Venezia Giulia
Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
Veneto Agricoltura
Consorzio Tutela Prosecco doc, Area tecnicoambientale
ERSA-Agenzia regionale per lo Sviluppo Rurale del Friuli Venezia Giulia
Univerza v Novi Gorici
Konzorcij Brda
Regionalna razvojna agencija za Podravje – Maribor
Università degli Studi di Padova
Kohezijska regija Vzhodna Slovenija
Center za podporo podjetjem pri razvijanju zelenih tehnologij d.o.o.

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Università degli studi di Udine

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Paolo Sivilotti
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