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Wine and Climate

Credit: Rachael Towne
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stockerre/4770106325/
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Most crops can only be grown in certain climate zones. Climate change may alter the map of where wine grapes are grown.

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  • Major wine regions are in these climate zones: Mediterranean, maritime and continental between the 30th and 50th parallel (latitude lines).
  • Different wine grapes can be grown in different climate zones so different regions are known for producing different types of wine.
  • Climate change could alter the map of where grapevines grow, but it may also have some positive effects on winemaking.
  • Credit: Erik Charlton
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Geneva_Lavaux.jpg
    License: CC BY-NC 3.0

    A region's climate can be moderated by large bodies of water -Lake Geneva, Switzerland [Figure2]

     

Can You Apply It?

With the links below, learn more about climate and viticulture. Then answer the following questions.

  1. Why do grapevines typically thrive in temperate climates?
  2. What characteristics of Mediterranean climates are good for grapevines? Where are two famous places where grapevines are grown in this climate zone?
  3. What characteristics of continental climates are good for grapevines? Where are two famous places where grapevines are grown in this climate zone?
  4. What characteristics of maritime climates are good for grapevines? Where are two famous places where grapevines are grown in this climate zone?
  5. What could happen to wine-growing regions as temperatures rise?
  6. Why do some vintners think a warmer climate could be better for some grapes?

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: Rachael Towne; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stockerre/4770106325/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: Erik Charlton; Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Geneva_Lavaux.jpg; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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