Authors: Denyse Lemaire*, Salish Kootenai College
Keywords: wine, global climate change
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Assessing the relationship between the burgeoning international wine trade and global warming requires the evaluation of a series of interconnected issues. The warming trend of the past century has resulted in the expansion of successful wine production into areas where it was previously environmentally impossible, while at the same time posing problems for its continuation in its traditional locations. While the reorganization and geographic expansion of the grape growing industry has been, and will continue to be, significant, its immediate impact on the production of greenhouse gasses is projected to be minimal. However, that conclusion can be misleading. The impact of the wine industry’s ancillary operations, such as bottle production and transportation of wine from centers of production to the market, will inevitably be much more profound. This paper will evaluate both the effect of global warming on the distribution and viability of the wine industry, and the reciprocal impact that industry can be projected to have on the production of greenhouse gasses.