Anecdotal evidence of climate change in Wine

As discussed at Lawyers, Guns and Money there’s lots of negative anecdotal evidence of the climate changing. However you don’t here much about the good news about climate change. So here are a few pieces of good news (and one bad) from what I know about: wine.

  • Since 2000 Bordeaux has seen four famously awesome vintages; 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010. Both 2003 and 2011 were very, very warm in places.
  • Traditionally Germany would have two good vintages a decade. They’d produce some of the best wines ever, but only rarely. They have had several such vintages in the last decade or so, and significantly fewer poor ones.
  • Australia has fallen from the top wine exporter to the UK, after briefly overtaking France, because it keeps getting either baking hot droughts or torrential, tropical floods in key wine producing areas.

When you work in an industry where profitability is tightly coupled with the weather, then you notice something like climate change.

Personally, my two favourite wine producing regions are Bordeaux and Germany so there is a major, probably overwhelming, upside to mild to modest degrees climate change (about 80% of likely scenarios). However, I still find climate change worrying and we should definitely take steps to stop it.

If we don’t then I can highly recommend 2009 in both Bordeaux and Mosel or Pfalz for drinking now and for their ageing potential – and 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013…..

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