Category Archives: Climate change

Climate change “has fundamentally altered French wine harvests”

The above makes a worrying headline on WineSpectator.com a few days ago. The news, they say, comes according to NASA and Harvard. According to Dana Nigro, writing on the site: "After looking at more than 400 years of harvest and climate data from France and Switzerland, researchers from Harvard University and NASA have concluded that…
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Five questions about sustainable wine for Monty Waldin, wine writer

After our recent sustainable drinks conference in London on March 15, where Monty and Chris Scott (recent podcast/post on that here) had a spirited debate about sustainable wine and particularly organics and biodynamics, I sent Monty a few questions for the blog. His responses are below. Well worth a read, given he is one of…
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Being sustainable “pays off”, apparently

It seems like a misnomer in many ways. The idea that being more sustainable pays. Of course it must, or your organisation, or winery, won't be around in 5, 10, 20 years time. But in a narrower context, the question about how environmental and social improvement to business operations contribute to the bottom line, and…
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Great article on climate change and wine

This article from Andrew Jefford on Decanter.com is well worth a read. He discusses some of the predictions and possible trends around wine and climate change. Well worth a read. Despite the potential doom and gloom around this subject, (it's really really not a good thing, let's face it)he does have some positive-ish predictions which I…
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Giacomo Conterno of Poderi Aldo Conterno wines on sustainability in Piedmont

On a recent tour of Barolo, Barbaresco and Alba, amongst other fabulous places in Piedmont, I interviewed Giacomo Conterno of Poderi Aldo Conterno wines, at his sprawling and elegant HQ in the midst of classical Northern Italian countryside. Put it this way, I've had worse days. Here's the interview on soundcloud, and it's embedded below.…
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Sustainable wine market trends

Here's a recent Q&A I did with Rostislav Petrov of Clos & Cru fine wine and champagne merchants in London. I asked Rosti for his views on what sustainability means in wine, and some of the trends taking hold. TW: What’s your story with regard to wine, how did you get into the trade? RP: In the…
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