The Impact of Climate Change on Viticulture and Wine Quality*

  title={The Impact of Climate Change on Viticulture and Wine Quality*},
  author={Cornelis van Leeuwen and Philippe Darriet},
  journal={Journal of Wine Economics},
  pages={150 - 167}
Abstract Climate change is a major challenge in wine production. Temperatures are increasing worldwide, and most regions are exposed to water deficits more frequently. Higher temperatures trigger advanced phenology. This shifts the ripening phase to warmer periods in the summer, which will affect grape composition, in particular with respect to aroma compounds. Increased water stress reduces yields and modifies fruit composition. The frequency of extreme climatic events (hail, flooding) is… 

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  • G. Gambetta
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Wine Economics
  • 2016
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Author: B.G. Coombe DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1987.206.1 Abstract: Temperature is acknowledged as a major influence on grape composition and quality; many would say it is the prime factor. This