Climate, Grapes and Wine: Structure, Suitability and Sustainability in a Changing Climate

This lecture will cover how climate change has the potential to impact nearly every form of agriculture. History has shown that the narrow climatic zones for growing wine grapes are especially prone to variations in climate and long-term climate change. Projections of future warming at the global, continent and wine region scales will likely continue to have both beneficial and detrimental impacts through opening new areas to viticulture and increasing viability, or severely challenging the ability to adequately grow grapes and produce quality wine. The presentation will summarize a series of global to regional studies that examine observed climate structure, variability and trends, along with climate model projections in relation to viticultural viability and quality issues. Jones specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in environmental sciences with a concentration in the atmospheric sciences. Subject: Wine Run Length: 01:05 Author: Gregory V. Jones Publisher: Linfield College Copyright: 2013