30 Jun '11, 4pm

Will global warming affect the wine industry?

Will global warming affect the wine industry?

Hang on to those wines from Napa Valley because in 30 years, they could be a rare commodity. A new study appearing in the journal Environmental Research Letters indicates that by 2040 the amount of lands suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by 50 percent. And it's all due to global warming . "Our new study looks at climate change during the next 30 years – a timeframe over which people are actually considering the costs and benefits of making decisions on the ground," said Noah Diffenbaugh, an assistant professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford, who co-authored the study. Focusing on premium wines, the 25 percent most expensive wines, Diffenbaugh and his team looked at how a slight shift in global temperatures, 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, would affect Napa and Santa Barbara counties in California, Yamhill County in Oregon and Walla Walla County in Wa...

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