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Climate Change Wreaking Havoc on Wine Industry

Wine 272x300 Climate Change Wreaking Havoc on Wine IndustryRainfall changes and rising temperatures are drastically affecting grape growing regions in southern France and Tuscany, and a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences theorizes that climate change may wreak havoc on the winemaking industry.

By 2050, experts believe, somewhere between 25-73% of grape cultivation for major wine regions will decrease. This decrease is drastic enough to force some wineries to move to higher elevations. Such moves would ultimately have a negative impact native wildlife. Wineries that do remain in their current locations may have to rely on complicated irrigation methods to maintain production levels, ultimately having a negative impact on freshwater conservation.

Climate change affects the environmental conditions in which grapes are grown, in turn influencing the taste of wine. Wines from traditional regions will become more expensive to buy since they will be more expensive for winemakers to produce.

Ironically, regions not currently known for winemaking might be able to produce wine, thanks to the changing environmental landscape. Last year at a wine tasting known as the Judgment of Princeton, New Jersey winemakers shocked sommeliers by holding their own against renowned French wines.

 


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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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