Climate change is something that effects our everyday lives in all aspects. It is not something that is isolated to one industry or place - but rather a global wide problem that we all have to learn to adapt to. Unfortunately it seems to be something that at this point is inevitable and soon we'll be drinking wines from regions that previously had no production.
The effects of climate change and global warming in the wine industry are evident. Just take the last two years as an example; the wild fires in the States and Australia, the frosts in Europe, the floods in Germany which drastically affected the Ahr region ... and that's just to mention some.
This picture is from Bordeaux - producers light fires in order to keep the vines warm during the frost.
Not only are the drastic natural events an issue, but so is the seasonal weather and temperatures. In 2018, regions in Germany experienced what was in essence a drought, and every year seems to be unpredictable.
One year the summer is scorching hot, the next year it's almost as if summer never came...2021 is one such example.
This all ends up affecting the harvest, in terms of when it will start, when it will end and what the yield will look like. Last year the harvest in Champagne was finished around a week earlier than the one starting in Germany. This year they were around the same time.
Despite these conditions, experienced wine makers are able to make it work and adapt themselves to ensure they still produce the best wine that they can. With many of them trying to reduce their intervention with the vineyards and the wines, and instead allowing the true expressions of the current times come through.
One thing is certain, global warming and climate change are real and it's important for us as a collective to try to reduce the impact and work with it instead.