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Wine country shift: South-east Asia could be home to the world’s best vineyards, thanks to climate change

Wine country shift: South-east Asia could be home to the world’s best vineyards, thanks to climate change

With climate change affecting produce at the finest vineyards, new wine-producing regions such as Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar could soon replace the world’s best vineyards

Climate change is arguably the most pressing environmental challenge we are facing today. Rising global temperature, climatic variability, modest changes in rainfall and temperature patterns have affected agricultural produce. Wine, too, is subject to the vagaries of weather and vintage variations each year. That’s why some level of stress is necessary to produce exceptional wines. But the most famous winemaking regions in Europe with apt climatic conditions and very specific environmental characteristics are now under a strong influence of climatic factors, including an increase from 2 to 5 degrees Celsius. Such extreme weather conditions can significantly impact grapevine productivity, quality, berry quality, etc.

Some areas get affected as regions become warmer, rain patterns shift and seasons become less predictable. Hence, there is a possibility that new wine-producing regions—like south-east Asian countries Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar—might change the face of viticulture, replacing the world’s best vineyards of Italy, France and California.
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