WP3

WP3 will include the implementation of scientific research and organoleptic analysis of local vine varieties in parallel with individual meetings with local population (farmers) and 2 workshops for the external experts hired. Relevant experts will collect samples from the fields of all CB area and will submit the materials to specialized labs for DNA-analysis. The aim is to be located, recorded, genotyped and investigated the organoleptic characteristics of the local vine varieties. The study will be implemented jointly, including the participation of all project partners. The results will have significant importance for the biodiversity conservation in the CB-region. Local traditional vine varieties can be an adequate response to the climate change and market orientation adaptation. Research and DNA-identification of grape varieties and proof of similarity between varieties in different regions; relationships with regional types of soil and local grapes (DNA analysis of grape and soil) will be elaborated. 2 Experimental fields will be developed as pilot action for protection and ensuring the long term existence of the traditional vines in both regions.

Specific equipment will be purchased for the implementation of the analysis and external experts will be hired. Workshop for assessment of the results will be organized in order to be systematized all the information and to be supported the development of the Integrated Strategy for management and protection of local biodiversity.

Ampelographic book will be developed with all relevant information regarding the cultivation of vines. It will contain not only the endangered varieties, but all local vine varieties from the BG and GR eligible area, forming complete wine-identity of the region. Guidelines for sustainable agricultural practices will be developed and printed in BG, Greece and Braille in order to be seized larger number of stakeholders.