Wine regions may lose up to 73% of land by 2050

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013
A new study released this week by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that areas suitable for viticulture will decrease between 25% and 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 - directly impacting countless fine wine regions across the globe.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to combine impact of global warming on wine regions with wider environmental concerns - through things such as increased irrigation creating potential freshwater conservation issues.

‘Vineyards have long-lasting effects on habitat quality and may significantly impact freshwater resources,’ reads the study, going on to look at potential impact using 17 climate models to estimate changes in suitability for viticulture...Read on.


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