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Sustainability in the wine industry: key questions and research trends a


  • Cristina Santini


  • Alessio Cavicchi


  • Leonardo Casini



Sustainability is playing a key role in the wine industry as shown by the attention paid at several levels by the academia, institutions and associations. Nevertheless, the principle itself of sustainability opens a wide debate and it significantly affects firms in all their activities. Using a systematic literature review, this paper wants to highlight some of the questions that academics must face when they approach the issue of sustainability with a specific focus on the wine industry. In particular the paper aims to: highlight where research is going and what has already been done; define the contribution of background research in explaining the determinants of sustainable orientation in the wine industry; and understand the role of research (and academics’ social responsibility) for the diffusion of a sustainable orientation within the wine industry. The purpose of this paper is to provide a detailed overview of the main research contributions to the issue of sustainability in the wine industry. Copyright Santini et al.; licensee Springer. 2013

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  • Cristina Santini & Alessio Cavicchi & Leonardo Casini, 2013. "Sustainability in the wine industry: key questions and research trends a," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 1(1), pages 1-14, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agfoec:v:1:y:2013:i:1:p:1-14:10.1186/2193-7532-1-9
    DOI: 10.1186/2193-7532-1-9

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