Wine Regions and Climate Change

Posted by Marquis Wine Cellars on Mar 17, 2023

As the climate continues to change, wine regions that were once ideal for growing certain grape varieties may no longer be suitable, while other regions may become more favorable. Here are some wine regions that are currently believed to be well-suited for future climate change:

  1. England: Due to its cooler climate, England has traditionally not been known as a major wine-producing region. However, with rising temperatures and changing weather patterns, English winemakers are now able to produce high-quality sparkling wines.
  2. Tasmania: Tasmania, an island state of Australia, has a cool and temperate climate that is well-suited for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. As temperatures continue to rise, Tasmania is expected to become an increasingly important wine region.
  3. New Zealand: New Zealand's wine regions, particularly Marlborough, are known for their Sauvignon Blanc grapes. With its cooler climate and access to water sources, New Zealand is expected to continue producing high-quality wines.
  4. Oregon: Oregon's Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. With its relatively mild climate, Oregon is well-positioned to adapt to climate change and continue producing excellent wines.
  5. Burgundy, France: Burgundy's climate is already changing, with warmer temperatures and more frequent heatwaves. However, many vineyards in Burgundy have been practicing sustainable and biodynamic farming methods that could help mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve the region's wine heritage.

It's worth noting that predicting the effects of climate change on wine regions is difficult, and it's possible that some regions may become less suitable for wine production in the future.