An increase in the number of early harvests was observed in the last two decades (data until 2018), less for red and more for white varieties (7-16 days/10 years for a selection of four grape varieties). In general, climate model projections suggest further warming and drying of the climate in Croatia and an earlier harvest of grapes. This could result in higher risk of unbalanced wines due to higher sugar and lower acid concentrations in the grape must. Projections for the future climate also suggest that the existing viticultural zoning will be much less adequate for the Croatian territory because it reduces the economically sustainable production of wine in certain areas (1).
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- Omazić, B. et al. (2020)