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Winery regions as the oldest cultural landscapes: remnants, signs, and metamorphoses

Myga-Piątek Urszula () and Rahmonov Oimahmad ()
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Rahmonov Oimahmad: Faculty of Earth SciencesUniversity of Silesia in Katowice, KatowicePoland

Miscellanea Geographica. Regional Studies on Development, 2018, vol. 22, issue 2, 69-80

Abstract: Considering the general typology of landscapes, winery landscapes are a subtype of agricultural landscapes. A winery landscape is an area in which the dominant land use or indigenous vegetation consists of extensive grapevine crops, that is, vineyards and/or areas covered by wild grapevines; where a specific wine culture has evolved, or grapes constitute an important part of the local diet. In this paper, winery landscapes are studied at two levels: typological (as a repeatable, specific type of area with precisely defined characteristic features), and regional (regional areas that are unique and individual). The authors analyze the evolution of winery landscapes over time and describe their natural and historical aspects. A wide range of factors were taken into consideration: historical and political, socio-economic, cultural and religious influences, as well as the natural environmental background. This paper aims to describe the evolution of winery landscapes in Europe and beyond by considering the Mediterranean Basin, Asia Minor, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia.

Keywords: Winery landscape; cultural landscape; Vitis vinifera; Mediterranean Europe; Central Asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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