Bordeaux Winemakers Respond to Climate Change with Revolutionary New Regulations

Friday, 17 May, 2019
VinePair, Edward Deitch
A small French revolution in wine is taking shape.

It’s going on in Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region, which has come to the realization that it must prepare for and adapt to climate change now, if not yesterday.

So the two biggest appellations in the region — Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur — have just been granted permission by the French government to do something that, until recently, was unthinkable. They will be permitted to use non-Bordeaux grapes in their wines.

Bernard Farges, president of the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur syndicate, told me and a few other visiting journalist this week that the change will take effect with the 2021 vintage.

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