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The Bordeaux blend, a response to the challenges of climate change. 

The University of Adelaide has been conducting important research aimed at improving the quality of wines produced in a warmer climate. The University are partners in Adelaide's membership to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

The bulk of precipitation in Germany occurs in the summer, while in the southern wine-growing countries, it rains primarily in the spring, autumn and winter. Here, rainfall generally decreases during the final stage of ripening; in the south, rainfall increases dramatically as the harvest approaches. These climatic factors have a pronounced influence on German wine.

Global warming is impacting the DOCa Rioja and numerous studies provide scientific evidence of the fact. 

While growers and wineries recognize that global warming is impacting their businesses, putting measures in place in Rioja vineyards to counteract it requires changing traditional ways of planting and working the soil.  Forward thinking viticulturists such as Roberto Frías are applying solutions to their company’s vineyards and experts like Fernando Martínez de Toda are providing practical, science-based solutions that will hopefully benefit Rioja as a whole.

Climate change is one of the main challenges facing humanity since it is expected to be an environmental, social, and economic threat. The olive tree and the vine are perennial crops where the yield and quality of their products (wine and oil) are greatly influencedby climate, making them very susceptible to global warming. The increase in temperatures will lengthen the vegetative period of vines and olive trees and all their phenological stages will spread, including maturation, thereby causing an imbalance in the composition in warm areas and affecting the quality of wines and oils. For this reason, the agricultural and oenological sector faces enormous challenges, forcing them to adapt to future changes.

The Swiss winemaking regions are mostly located to the north of the Alps and have long had difficulty ripening their grapes. The current warming period therefore poses as much of an opportunity as a challenge for Swiss wines.

Here is a list of Organic wine producers and Biodynamic organic wine producers in Cape Town and The Western Cape

Waterkloof Wine Estate | Somerset West

Most wine producers in both Douro and Vinho Verde wine regions are very aware of the importance of environmental, social and economic sustainability in wine and tourism related activities, and are fully committed with it.

Combining century-old methods with new and innovative techniques and using cutting edge technology, they are making sure to contribute to the preservation and promotion of the vitality and sustainability of the territory.

Sustainability protects both the people and the place, creating a healthy environment to live and work in. In Bordeaux, where most vineyards are family run and are an integral part of the community, the philosophy of stewardship as properties are passed down from generation to generation is an important motivator for a sustainable model.

Mendoza counts around 150 wineries open to the public during normal times. Many of them are focusing on sustainability, committing themselves for the current and future improvement of their surroundings. We would like to inspire you by sharing some leading cases worth highlighting!