On January 25th 2024, Montevitis, in collaboration with the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), hosted an illuminating webinar titled “Mapping Vineyard Areas in Portugal Using QGIS Software.” The event served as a comprehensive introduction to the powerful capabilities of Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS) for analysing vineyard data and climate patterns.

During the webinar, participants gained valuable insights into leveraging QGIS for mapping vineyard areas across Portugal. The session demonstrated how to access and download essential datasets, including Corine Land Cover 2018 and climate data from the CHELSA database. Attendees were guided through the process of importing and processing these datasets within the QGIS platform, enabling them to create detailed maps of vineyard locations throughout the country.

Despite its short duration, the webinar offered a wealth of knowledge, equipping attendees with the skills needed to conduct an in-depth spatial analysis of Portugal’s wine-growing regions. From identifying optimal vineyard locations to assessing climatic suitability, participants learned how QGIS can facilitate data-driven decision-making in viticulture. For those who missed the webinar, a recording is available online on YouTube.

MONTEVITIS is a three-year EU-funded Horizon Europe project, aiming to promote networking between the University of Donja Gorica (UDG) in Montenegro and top-class leading counterparts at the EU level in the field of precision viticulture and climate change.