A felicitous recent discovery in viticulture may help winemakers continue to produce high-quality products in the face of climate change. Although rising temperatures have recently induced early harvests, allowing producers to yield quality wines, the trend of hotter climates may eventually be very harmful to dryer areas like California and Spain. An answer to this issue may have been found accidentally in the Catalonia region of Spain – winemakers there, hoping to preserve local culture, sought to revive ancient wine varieties which have demonstrated greater endurance in hot, dry weather. Although these revitalized wines may help ease the strain of climate change on wine production, they likely will not be enough to ensure that winemakers can adapt to warmer temperatures to continue to provide high-quality wines to their consumers.
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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