Ask Sid: Is climate change affecting vineyards differently in the north and south hemispheres?

May 13th, 2020
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Question: Is climate change affecting vineyards differently in the north and south hemispheres?

Answer: Seems the answer is definitely yes. Virtual tastings over the last few months always ask the guest winemakers how they are being affected by climate change. All the wineries situated in the north hemispheres feel they are seeing big changes. However those in the south less so. Research at the University of Queensland Australia are monitoring greenhouse gas, bushfires, hailstorms, floods and other events on climate change. Results show there is less land mass nearer the south pole than the north and more open Southern Ocean that affect the uptakes of carbon dioxide. Last week directly from the winery Zuccardi in Argentina Sebastian Zuccardi stated “seeing less snow in the mountains over the last 10 years but is this a cycle or climate change?” He believes “Southern hemisphere is less affected because of their vast oceans so it is presently hard to know about climate change.”

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