Climate

Bordeaux wine prepares for climate change

BORDEAUX (Reuters) – “We do not want to make Bordeaux wine that are threatened to exist”: scientists and winemakers have worked hard to find varietals to preserve the specifics of their nectar despite global warming.

Today, in the vineyards of Bordeaux, the grape harvests are on average 10 days to two weeks earlier than in the 1980s. The grapes are richer in sugar, their pH levels are higher and the higher degree of alcohol leads to changes in the aromatic profile.

Since 2009, viticulture has partnered with the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Institute of Vine and Wine (ISVV) to experiment with new grape varieties.

“Our work aims to adapt our vineyard to climate change, we do not want to make Bordeaux wine that risks to no longer be a viable option.The goal is to keep the typical Bordeaux,” said the president of the Inter-professional Council of Wine to Reuters from Bordeaux (CIVB) Bernard Farges.