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Study: Britain could become major wine producer and exporter by end of this century


Climate change and global warming will negatively impact out planet in the long run, but there are a few positives that scientists have been pointing out over the last few years including less cold climate in the Northern latitudes and favourable climate for countries to produce more wine among other benefits.

Britain will emerge as one of the major wine producer and exporter by 2100 says a new study and that’s primary because of changing levels of temperatures across the northern latitudes. Researchers at University College London say that the increase in temperatures and rainfall is having a positive impact on vineyards and if the conditions prevail, they would be ideal for producing sauvignon blanc and chardonnay even in areas that aren’t traditionally known to produce wines.

Researchers have also pointed out that Essex and Edinburgh will become major sites for wine production and even the unfamiliar wine areas such as Peckham and Milton Keynes will get massive boost for Laithwaite’s Wine.

For their study, UCL Professor Mark Maslin and Lucien Georgeson used average temperature and rainfall conditions that are required for growing different grape varieties with predicted changes in climate to map changes to British viticulture over the next 85 years. Taking into consideration a temperature increase of at least 2.2C by 2100 and rainfall increase by 5.6 per cent over current levels, researchers calculated the overall impact on production of wine.

The study said malbec could be produced in the Thames Estuary area in places such as Romford, Southend and as far west as Slough, while the Severn Pocket would eventually be perfect for merlot. Changing conditions in the Midlands and Central England could see the Black Country cultivating a number of grape varieties such as chardonnay, Riesling, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, while the North East of England including Newcastle and as far north as Edinburgh are predicted to be the best place for pinot grigio.

Professor Maslin explains that climate is one of the most critical aspects for successful grape cultivation and their study could provide us direction on how we think long-term about British wine production and redraw the future wine map of the world.