Climate zones in Europe and the Mediterranean

To fulfil our clients’ local demands, Barenbrug has been establishing research stations in different climatic zones in the last 50 years. Barenbrug now has a decentralised research operation in many different countries, guaranteeing better testing and selection, offering innovation and well-adapted cultivars and species in each climatic area.


That is why we roughly make a distinction between four different European climate zones, based on available geo-climatic data. Each zone is assigned a specific colour for easy identification.

European climate zones


Northern European areas

Nordic climate

(cold winters and mild humid summers)

Middle and Eastern European areas

Eastern-continental climate

(cold winters and hot, dry summers)

Western European areas

Oceanic climate

(mild winters and humid summers)

Southern European areas and the Middle East

Mediterranean climate