Climate change: will Britain become a wine island?

Status: 16.10.2021 1:36 PM.

The average temperature in the UK has increased as a result of climate change. This benefits the winners: the quality of their products increases. British sparkling wines have also won international awards.

By Imke Kohler, ARD-Studio London

Nick Baker talks about the weather: August was bad, the grapes weren’t able to ripen properly, he says. Baker stands in the vineyard of Black Chalk Winery and walks interested visitors through the many stages and details of wine production. Black Chalk is a small family business in the southern English county of Hampshire, which cultivates 12 hectares of land and produces mainly “sparkling wine”. The winery produces 25,000 to 30,000 thousand bottles annually.

Baker praises the southern English climate for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Even if August was very wet, the conditions are basically right: “We have the same temperature as Champagne 30 or 40 years ago, when they produced one of the best Champagne out there,” Baker stressed. But now it will be very hot on the continent.

“We Benefit From Climate Change”

England clearly sees a chance to succeed as a wine-growing region. James Mattier, Black Chax winemaker and currently busy with grape harvest, says of the changing conditions: “Climate change is clearly noticeable and it benefits us, I believe. Brings more heat. Globally, that’s a problem, but for someone who grows grapes in a climate that wasn’t suitable for it 20 years ago, it’s great.”

According to Mattier, the fruit will be of good quality and more easily. “However, we may get more rain. So the bottom line is that the chances are very good, but we are cautious about the rain that comes with climate change.”

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“We Laughed About Buying English Wine”

Declan Conway of the Grantham Research Institute, an institution dealing with climate change and environmental issues and currently studying viticulture in particular, confirms that vintners have good prospects in England.

Farming has increased nearly 400 percent over the past two decades: “It’s no longer the joke it used to be. We even laugh about buying English wine. You didn’t buy it because you drink it well.” ” could, but because it had the allure of the new. But now it’s different. Sparkling wine wins prizes in international competitions, reputation is getting better. “

Britain’s average temperature rises

Tasting has now begun at Black Chalk Winery, which Nicky and Tim are also participating in. “2018 Classic” will be served. a good champagne? Nicky likes it: “It tastes very pure, quite thin, but really refreshing. I love it.” Husband Tim thinks that sparkling wine actually tastes like apple, which was announced by tasting head Nick Baker: “Speaking of apple flavor, it fits perfectly.”

Conway of the Grantham Research Institute says that over the past 40 years, the average UK temperature has increased by about one degree, and warming will not only continue but is likely to accelerate. “Warming could improve grape growing conditions for red wine in the near future. This is an exciting opportunity for the expansion of viticulture in the UK.”

Viticulture in England – winemakers benefit from climate change

Imke Kohler, ARD London, October 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm.

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