UK vintners to benefit from climate study1st August, 2014 by Simon Howland
The UK’s wine industry could benefit from new research into the effects of climate change being carried out in Cornwall’s vineyards.
Researchers from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) are teaming up with two Cornish producers, Camel Valley and Polgoon Vineyard, to better equip producers to deal with and adapt to future weather patterns, according to Business Cornwall.
The research is set to help the producers develop new techniques and pinpoint locations for potential future vineyards.
Viticultural scientist Dr Richard Smart will be involved in the project, having recently completed a similar study in Tasmania.
ESI researcher, Dr Jonathan Mosedale, said: “Vineyards are a major long-term investment and would benefit from a better understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change presents.”
“It is essential for us as researchers to understand the challenges that winemakers face here in Cornwall and the skills and resources that would allow vineyards to prosper under future climate conditions.”
Camel valley winemaker Sam Lindo, recently nominated for International Sparkling Wine Producer of the World, added: “There are many myths and assumptions in our industry but every site is different and what works in the south of France may not work here in Cornwall. The changeable weather means our yields fluctuate considerably year on year.
“This research could give us important data to inform our practices and help us deliver more reliable yields.”