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Climate change has an unlikely victim: Winemakers who are trying to adapt

Wine makers increasingly forced to modify traditional production methods

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Rising temperatures and extreme weather events are having an increasing impact on European wine production, forcing growers to adapt methods that have been in place for many generations.

Almudena Alberca, technical director at Spain’s Grupo Bodegas Palacios 1894, neatly captures the challenge: “You have to reinvent yourself every year.”

This can include anything from bringing forward the grape harvest, replanting to boost drought resistance, cutting herbicide use to improve soil quality and leaving leaves on the vines to protect the fruit, according to Alberca, who was elected Spain’s first female Master of Wine last year.

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First Published: Nov 30 2019 | 7:38 PM IST

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