Climate change poses a threat to France’s winemaking tradition. Hotter summers are causing grapes to ripen more quickly, which increases their alcohol content. Now vintners are hoping that new grape varietals can beat the heat.
France's wine production is expected to fall by 18 percent this year after spring frost damaged vines, the Agriculture Ministry reports. The German Farmers' Association also announced decreased yields across the board.
Volatile weather is forcing changes that could reshape the very nature of France's fabled vineyards - and even affect the flavor of the wine itself. On the island of Corsica, winemakers are already adapting.
Going organic can make vineyards more resilient to climate change. But this summer, warm, wet weather in Germany has brought an infection farmers say they cannot effectively fight without synthetic chemicals.
A heat wave dubbed "Lucifer" has sent temperatures soaring to record highs across southern Europe. Authorities have issued weather alerts after at least two deaths.
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