The Impact of Climate Change on the Wine Industry

University essay from Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle

Abstract: Climate change and global warming are two well-known words in today’s environment. This together with visible effects from climate change and global warming makes the environmental awareness increase around the world. As a result of this the pressure on businesses and organizations to implement adaptation strategies, sustainable and environmental policies have increased. This also falls to the wine industry, which are greatly affected by climate change and global warming and is experience it more intensely over the world. The purpose of this study is therefor to explore how climate change over the last years has affected the wine industry and to explore how the wine industry today is adapting to a more sustainable production. By studying how these phenomenon affects the wine industry it might be possible to foresee how other types of productions might be affected by climate change as well. Viticulture is extra sensitive to climate change, it is a strong warning system for other crops-industries that climate change may affect them as well. Due to consequences of climate change a collaboration and knowledge transfer strategy between stakeholders of the wine industry, winegrowers and climate change experts would be an indication to evolve and improve the industry’s capacity to adapt and develop.

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