As climate change continues to affect the French winemaking industry, the Bordeaux wines we’ve come to know and love may be different, but at least the region is actively preparing for its survival. In 2019, perhaps the world’s best-known wine region proposed adding seven new grape varieties to the six red and eight white varieties already permitted to be used in bottles of Bordeaux. All of the new suggestions were specifically chosen for their potential to flourish even in the less hospitable conditions caused by global warming.
Despite upending generations of tradition, yesterday, France’s Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualite (INAO) officially approved six of those new varieties, with plantings allowed as soon as this coming season. The decision is billed by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) as “the culmination of over a decade of research by wine scientists and growers of Bordeaux to address the impact of climate change through highly innovative, eco-friendly measures.”
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