WP3

The project activities include research and organoleptic analysis of local vine varieties in parallel with individual meetings with local people (farmers) and meetings with external experts hired. The relevant experts collected samples from areas in the cross-border area and submitted the material to specialized DNA analysis laboratories. The aim is to detect, register, extract genotypes and investigate the organoleptic characteristics of native vine varieties. A special Study was developed, which was carried out with the participation of all project partners. The results of the DNA analysis are of considerable importance for the conservation of biodiversity in the cross-border region. Indigenous traditional vine varieties may be an adequate response to adaptation to climate change and market orientation. Experimental fields have been developed to preserve and ensure the long-term existence of traditional vineyards in both regions.

An ampelographic book will be developed with all the necessary information regarding the cultivation of the vineyards. It will contain not only the endangered varieties, but also all the vine varieties from Bulgaria and Greece, the eligible areas that form a complete wine-growing identity of the region. Guidelines for Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Bulgaria, Greece and the Braille are already developed and printed to benefit more stakeholders.