Heroic viticulture: Environmental and socioeconomic challenges of unique heritage landscapes

Elsevier, iScience, Volume 26, 21 July 2023
Tarolli P., Wang W., Pijl A., Cucchiaro S., Straffelini E.

Steep-slope agricultural landscapes cover a small fraction of global agricultural areas.1 Despite the limited coverage, they are relevant for high-quality food and wine production, history, and landscape value. On steep slopes, centuries of effort and tradition have created a unique cultural heritage to be preserved. Here, peculiar traditional local knowledge of soil and water conservation combined with agronomic practices (e.g., dry-stone wall terracing) has been handed down for generations. However, such landscapes are fragile and under threat.