HOUSTON, Texas (KIAH) – Wine grapes are one of the most sensitive crops when it comes to bearing the elements. Each varietal has specific needs for temperature and precipitation in order to survive, thrive, and most importantly, produce good wine! New studies have come out from Climate Central relating the changing climate to grape growth.
The average growing season in the United States is from April to October. The temperatures of this time frame has risen by two degrees since 1970. It may not seem like a lot, but it is, for crops that are as sensitive as wine grapes. Other threats to vineyards include wildfire smoke, extreme heat, and flooding rain events. All are linked to climate change. If winters are shorter and milder, bugs will be out for more of the season. Insects and pests can harm the plants as well.
How will the change the future of wine production?
You may see a shift in the types of grapes grown in various parts of the world. As temperatures change, different varieties of grapes will be more suitable for higher latitudes.
How will climate change affect the taste?
Consistent temperatures of warm climates with a gradual change from summer to fall will allow for the grapes to ripen longer. A lot of the good natural acidity can escape with an elongated ripening season. Expect a fruitier, less acidic pour.
A stronger shift in season, from summer to fall-like conditions, will produce a tart, more acidic pour. Lower temperatures preserve acidity.
Latest videos, No Wait Weather, NO WAIT TRAFFIC, and news.
Join us every night from 9-10pm for your news at 9PM.
- Brian Laundrie update: Remains found in Florida park identified as Gabby Petito’s fiancéAfter more than a month of searching, the remains of Brian Laundrie were found in the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, the FBI has confirmed.
- Democrats push for ERA ratification; Republicans call it ‘redundant’Members of Congress say discrimination against women is a constant issue in the United States.
- Lawmakers concerned FAA not implementing safety reformsOn the three year anniversary of the first 737 max jet crash lawmakers in Washington held a hearing due to concerns that require safety reforms aren’t being implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Garland defends DOJ monitoring violence against school officialsAttorney General Merrick Garland was grilled for hours by lawmakers Thursday as he defended a recent Department of Justice decision to monitor threats of violence against local school officials.
- Judge denies Paxton’s motion to dismiss whistleblower lawsuit from former OAG employeesAUSTIN (Nexstar) — On Thursday, the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former employees of the Office of the Attorney General, who were fired after blowing the whistle on Attorney General Ken Paxton for alleged corruption. The panel of judges ruled that the Texas Whistleblower Act protects those employees’ action, reaffirming a […]