The last few Hawke’s Bay wine harvests, including the one underway now, have produced successive ‘best ever’ vintages.
But how might grape growing be affected by climate change … specifically a 2°C consistent increase in temperature, which appears to be where we’re headed.
Traditionally, wine growing regions have been in the 20-30 degree latitudes, both southern and northern hemispheres.
But the times they are a’changin, with higher altitudes succeeding and the traditional ‘belt’ moving, as reported in this interesting review of how various traditional wine growing regions are already feeling the impact and adapting.
And countries like Denmark, Sweden, Japan and England are dipping their toes in the juice. Indeed, this article reports how English sparkling wines have bested French Champagnes in blind tastings!
Unfortunately, the article only briefly and superficially touches on New Zealand, already with a 1°C change since 1909, with the observation that extreme weather events might become more challenging than temperature change itself.
Perhaps this post will draw some comment from HB winemakers!