Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry From Climate Change?

Sep 4, 2019

(Fortune) - These new grapes—selected for their ability to thrive in hotter weather and be more resistant to disease—could be the solution the wine industry is looking for.

Heat waves, frost, rainstorms: As climate change continues to present challenges in vineyards, vintners across the globe are trying to figure out how to manage new and ever-changing conditions.

Bordeaux, France, long known as a highly traditional winemaking region and producer of a style of wine copied the world over, sent shock waves through the wine industry in June. The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur Association—the body overseeing wineries in these appellations—announced it was permitting the use of seven new grape varieties in these wines, a move it hopes will be a saving grace for the region. 

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