30 Jun '11, 4pm

US wine regions are at serious risk from climate change. via @adamwerbach

30 Jun 2011: Premium U.S. Wine Regions Face Climate Risk Within 30 Years Warming temperatures could significantly impact some of America’s premium wine growing regions within three decades , including counties in California that produce some of the nation’s most expensive Shutterstock Grapes on the vine wines, according to a new Stanford University study. In Northern California, researchers predict, the amount of land suitable for high-quality wine grapes could decrease by 50 percent. California’s wine industry, which provides about 90 percent of the nation’s total wine production, was estimated to be worth $18.5 billion last year. A 2006 study predicted that as much as 81 percent of the U.S. land suitable for premium wine grapes could disappear by the end of the century. “Our new study looks at climate change during the next 30 years — a time frame over which people are a...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/premium_us_wine_regions_face_...

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