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All Types of Wine Suffering From Climate Change

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Key Takeaways

  • Vines are some of the most weather-sensitive crops anyone can grow.
  • Slight changes like gradual increases in temperature can produce massive changes, year over year.
  • Global warming isn’t the only element of climate change to be aware of; droughts, high winds, and surprise frosts can also impact the wine industry.
  • Cooler climate crops like Riesling and Pinot Noir may experience the greatest challenges.
  • It’s not all bad news, as warm-weather crops like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel may experience a surge as the earth continues to warm.

Types of Wine Affected by Climate Change

No matter which types of wine you gravitate toward, it’s likely they’re being impacted by climate change. It’s not all bad news, however. Some of the varieties that fare well in warm weather like chardonnay are thriving.

Whereas, others that have traditionally grown in cooler climates like Bordeaux are having a bit of a tougher time.

These changes, for better or for worse, all boil down to one main thing: the chemistry of the wine. Winemaking is a delicate process and, with slight increases or decreases in temperature, the entire profile can significantly change.

All this creates a sense of unpredictability to the wine production process that vintners are left to grapple with. Key decisions like which variety to grow, when to harvest the grapes, and how to ferment with consistency are all thrown off track.

Let’s take a closer look at how all this is intertwined.


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