Europe: Global Warming Shifts Vineyards to Northern Regions

The Scandinavian peninsula is not what experts would describe as world-class wine country, but climate change resulting in warmer and longer growing seasons has led to the development of the winemaking sector in Sweden, where new grape varieties adapted to the situation are being produced. The drought, rising temperatures and other extreme weather events, such as frost and unexpected storms, are forcing traditional wine-growing regions to re-evaluate their methods. Swedish winemaking is growing from mostly small-scale amateurs into an ambitious industry. In recent years, commercial vineyards have emerged in many "cold regions", including Norway, Denmark and the American West, with vines being planted further and further north.


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