Climate change is on every farmers' mind. Increases in extreme weather events such as heavy rain and hail, higher temperatures and humidity, and polar vortexes — to name a few — have become the new normal for all of us. For winegrowers, that means higher disease pressure from fungi and viruses that are more difficult to manage, the spread of invasive insects that find the new norms well suited to their survival and a shift in the variety of grapes best suited to these new conditions. The types and character of wines will inevitably change, and readapting will take a lot of grit and patience.
Read more on this climate change discussion at Eater.com.
Learn even more about climate change and viticultural research at Michigan State.