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Global Vineyard

Can technology take on a warming climate?

8:23am, May 23, 2004

The gradual rise in global temperatures over the past few decades has been leaving its mark on wine. So far, the news has been good—wine quality for recent vintages is better than it was 50 years ago, according to connoisseurs. Furthermore, the warming climate has enabled vineyards to thrive in areas where the weather was previously too cool or too variable for growing high-quality grapes. Despite these short-term benefits for both winemakers and connoisseurs, the rise in global temperatures expected for the next half century may ultimately bode ill for the wine industry. Although some growers may find different grape varieties that are suitable to the new climate regime, environmental conditions in some famous grape-growing regions may turn too hot or too dry to support vineyards.

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