Climate Change Could Mean Sour Grapes for Wine Drinkers

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Quartz has an interesting article on the effects of climate change on the wine industry and some of the changes we’ll start seeing.

Traditional winemaking strongholds like Tuscany and South Africa will soon become too hot for grape-growing. In fact, by warping the flavors of the most popular varieties and driving production away from the Earth’s poles, climate change is threatening to remake the entire $30-billion global wine industry.

Does that mean a “grape-ocalypse” is upon us? No. But it does mean the wine you sip a decade or two from now will taste very different from today’s tipple—and will be a lot pricier, too.

We’re going to start seeing that by the mid-21st century that the optimal areas for growing grapes will move further and further north. The areas we currently know as “wine countries” will see a 70% decline. You’ll also start to see more Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot being made because they handle heat better. Worst of all, the price of wines will get higher and higher, making your bottle of two buck chuck all but extinct.

August 4, 2014 / By

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