Why California’s $46 billion wine industry is better prepared for climate change than some of its competitors
Climate change poses a significant threat for all of agriculture, but it has particularly disruptive potential for the wine industry. This is because wine quality is closely linked to weather and quality is linked to value. … There are many potential impacts to consider. Climate Change will probably mean more frequent and severe droughts such as the one that the California is currently experiencing. The availability of ground or surface water varies greatly between regions in the state, but it is possible that this issue will inhibit any further planting and render some vineyards inoperable. Severe temperature spikes can lead to sunburning and yield/quality loss for the fruit and those events are likely to become more common.