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Many of the world’s vineyards are planted in areas with a Mediterranean climate, with rainy winters and dry, hot summers. Yet the vine needs water to survive, and to ripen its grapes. Where the soil type has limited water storage capacity (eg. coarse sand/gravel), the vine may suffer water stress during the critical ripening period. While a degree of water stress is desirable to limit the vines’ vigour and to ensure small berries, the practice of controlled irrigation overcomes the implications of severe water stress on quality. In much of the European Union, irrigation is viewed with suspicion, as historically water was used to increase quantity rather than quality. Today, the technique of drip irrigation is widely used. Developed in Israel and Australia in the 1960s, drip irrigation makes highly efficient and accurate use of a limited water supply by applying drops to each vine via a ‘dripper’, supplied by long plastic lines placed down each row of vines.