Isabel Cowles at the liberal blog, Huffington Post, has written an interesting perspective on how global warming will drastically alter vineyards around the world. While she agrees with the CNBC article by Sam Harsop, which we published earlier in the week, Cowles takes an even more detailed, granular view of the future. Under the headline, "Sustainable Lessons from the Vineyard," Cowles writes:
"Another risk of global warming: befuddlement before the wine list. It's taken you years to sort through the distinctions between Argentine, Italian and Californian wines. You feel like you might finally be ready to hold court against the combative advice of the French sommelier. You thought you knew what vintages to trust, what terroirs would be peppery or sweet, what grape types would produce deep, rich reds, and which would make light citrus-flavored whites. But with global temperatures steadily climbing, everything you thought you knew about viticulture might change.
"Dr. Jones noted that regions from Southern coast of Europe like French Languedoc and Italian Chianti to vineyards in
"Historically, vineyards were planted in regions where grapes were likely to ripen: sun-drenched, warm hills and fields. But with consistently increasing temperatures, grapes mature much more quickly than they used to, making it difficult for wine farmers to achieve the proper acidity balance needed to create a wine more complex than sugary Welch's grape juice.
"Despite the mounting dismay among winemakers on more temperate strips of land, successful vineyards have emerged in traditionally cooler areas like
According to The Washington Post, winemakers have begun to ponder what emergent regions will produce favored wines when their traditional vineyards no longer can: '[Will] the next
You can read the rest of the article here.
Shifting temperatures and climate patterns may mean a lot of grape stock gets ripped up and replanted, and perhaps that the "sunny mountainside in Colorado" mentioned by the Post is the Grand Mesa. From ski resorts to wineries to evergreen forests , rising temperatures are changing a lot of what Coloradans hold dear.