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Exploring the Relationship Between Grape Quality and the Microclimate in Madeira, Portugal

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Robert
dc.contributor.advisor Landman, Karen Correia, Justin 2012-05-15T20:11:09Z 2012-05-15T20:11:09Z 2012-04 2012-05-03 2012-05-15
dc.description.abstract Landscape characteristics affect vineyard microclimates and influence the quality of grapes produced. There is currently a lack of research examining the microclimatological conditions of vineyards and how they affect grape quality. This study utilizes qualitative methods to explore the relationship between vineyard microclimates and grape quality in Madeira, Portugal. Semi-structured interviews have been conducted with local participants involved in the production of wine grapes and are used to reveal the factors affecting grape quality. Interviews accompany a physical inventory of landscape characteristics in the vineyards, and are guided by where interviewees observe changes in grape quality. The findings suggest there is a strong relationship between microclimates and grape quality. These results are utilized to make recommendations for methods of site selection and the microclimatic design of vineyards. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Grape quality en_US
dc.subject Vineyard design en_US
dc.subject Vineyard siting en_US
dc.subject Landscape characteristics en_US
dc.subject and Environmental conditions en_US
dc.title Exploring the Relationship Between Grape Quality and the Microclimate in Madeira, Portugal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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