Magazine article Geographical

The Future of Wine

Magazine article Geographical

The Future of Wine

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I love wine. I spend a large proportion of my spare time learning about it and a disturbingly large proportion of my pay packet buying it. And although I have a soft spot for the wines of my home country, Australia, I've been having a great time exploring the great wines of France, Spain and elsewhere in Europe.

Here at Geographical, we're in the process of putting together a special report on how global climate change is likely to affect the wine industry--focusing on Europe--and it makes for pretty disturbing reading. Although many regions have experienced several extremely good vintages in recent years--most likely as a result of global warming--according to some experts, rising temperatures and changes in rainfall are going to make it impossible to maintain the centuries-old traditional wine styles of famous regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.

However, as with most aspects of the phenomenon of global warming, there will be winners as well as losers, and in this issue, we report on one of the former (page 32). …

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