Climate Change Could Affect Wine

Production may shift to places like China

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Climate change could make that bottle of French Bordeaux even pricier, forcing you to switch to a vintage from Montana or even China. A recent study from Conservation International indicates that shifts in temperature and moisture may render some traditional wine regions unsuitable for growing notoriously picky grapes. 

Popular wine regions could see a decrease production of up to 70 percent by 2050. But other places, especially those in higher latitudes, may find themselves the new premier areas of wine production. One downside: Much of the land with the best wine-growing potential is already occupied by animals like the endangered panda

There is some hope for today's power-châteaus. Vineyards could, for example, plant more resilient grape varieties, says Adelaide University researcher Doug Bardsley. "Actually viticulture can be quite resilient in the face of change." And the upside is that we get to talk more about "viticulture." Great word.

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