Amid growing concerns that climate change may be negatively impactingagriculture and food industry operations worldwide, a new study suggests that the winemaking industry as we known it may soon be forever altered. Rising temperatures and changes in rainfall are already rendering traditional grape-growing regions in the Mediterranean, such as areas in southern France and Tuscany, Italy, less suitable for producing quality crops, according to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
- Climate change so far has been good to northern European winemakers, allowing them to make internationally acclaimed red wines for the first time and riper dry white wines in regions traditionally considered to have cool climates.
- The bottom line is that our current style of wine, we can still stick to it, but we will need new methods for that purpose.
- The members include most of the traditional wine making countries and produce 80% of the world’s wine.
“The coming years won’t all be hot, she said, but more unpredictable, and when a hot year is also a rainy or humid one, it will bring extra challenges to wine growers.”