Italy’s Winemakers, and Grapes, Are Adapting to Climate Change

Oct 10, 2022 491

BY: Francis Wilkinson

It has been another unnerving year in the vineyards of Italy, the current world leader in wine production. The River Po has struggled to remain wet. A glacier collapsed in the Dolomites. The Italian government declared last summer that drought had produced a state of emergency in five northern regions, citing climate change as a culprit.

In 2021, even as exports hit a record $7 billion, overall production was down about 9%. Still, Filippo Mazzei, who produces wines at Castello di Fonterutoli in Tuscany, is not especially worried. The wine business is highly vulnerable to even subtle changes in climate. 

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