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How Has Climate Change Affected Wine Production In 2017?

 TAGS:undefinedThe International Wine Organisation, (OIV), has reported that this year’s wine production has been the lowest since the 1960s. Although we are still drinking more and more wine. There are also areas of decrease in production for different areas of the population, and this year we have seen an 8% decline; reaching 246.7 hectoliters.

One of the reasons, and the main cause of the decline in wine production, established by the OIV, is due to climate change. This change in productivity is due to hot autumns, as well as frosts that have come later than usual. Changes that are having a negative impact on the Earth and nature.

This does not cause the drop in consumption because there is enough stock (in France alone there are 154 million hectoliters in stock) nor the surge in prices because exports are doing well. According to OIV experts, some cheaper wines may have slight price increases, but high-end wines will maintain their prices.

Climate change is affecting especially countries like Italy, France and Spain. We have seen it in the vintage of this year, which has been ahead of schedule and has left a lower production: 35.7 million hectoliters of wine and must in Spain.

However, the wine world in general moves, with all kinds of events, the increase in wine tourism and exports that, as we have pointed out, are superior.

There is more data of this low production because from the Directorate General of Agriculture (DG Agri) of the European Commission and predicted that the wine production expected in the 2017/18 campaign would have an estimate of just 145.1 million hectoliters, which is a 14.4% or more than 24-million less than last season.

Sweden, lagging behind England in wine production due to climate change

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It is well known that human industrial activity, mainly carried out during the last decades and characterized by intensive use of fossil fuels, is influencing slowly, but dramatically the planet’s climate, causing global temperatures to grow slowly and generating some changes in the weather of specific parts of the world.

It is something we should begin to control before it is too late, but in some places is enabling activities to an unprecedented level. Is it the case of wine production in Sweden, which is being benefited from the general rise in temperatures, making its warm seasons to get longer and, therefore, facilitating the task of growers and the improve in product quality, increasingly appreciated inside and outside its borders.

In the region of Malmö, one of the largest cities in Sweden, we can find vineyards that now enjoy a summer one month longer than half a century ago, as Hällåkra, where more than 20,000 vines are grown on an area of ??approximately 6 hectares of soil. The fact is that in these latitudes the temperature increase has been greater than the global average, and the Nordic viticulture is becoming a serious commercial alternative when until recently it was considered little more than a hobby for retirees.

Although Swedish wines are still a great unknown among the general public, the initiative of small producers is beginning to attract the interest of local fine dining restaurants, which begin to include them in their wine lists, with special attention to white and sparkling wines, more adaptable to the nevertheless special climatic conditions of the area, unsuitable for growing red grapes.

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