Climate Change Could Push Wine Vineyards North to Scotland

Vineyards are changing in this age of global warming. (Photo: Enrico Strocchi [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

When you think of great wine producing regions, the first countries that pop in your head are probably France, Italy, and maybe the western side of the United States. I'd wager Scotland doesn't place on too many people's lists of great wine producers.

But if we don't get a handle on global warming, some French chefs and sommeliers fear their nation will end up passing the torch to their broguish neighbors to the north.

Over 50 of the top names in French wining and dining penned an open letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy warning him that a shift in the climate could irreparably damage their country's ability to churn out world class wine. They have already seen the recent damage things like heatwaves and summer hailstorms can do to their vineyards and their not keen on seeing more.

Their letter claims that just a 2 percent change in global temperatures would push the ideal zone for wine grape production 600+ miles to the north. Instead of taking wine tours in more traditional areas like Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy, future wine lovers could end up in places like Scotland, Sweden and England.

I've said it once and I'll say it again -- if you want people to care about global warming, tell them how it will affect them getting their buzz on. Show them how beer will be more expensive in a hotter climate, or how their favorite French wine will become an expensive dinosaur best left sitting in a wine cellar (because once you drink it, it'll be gone forever).

Swing over to the Telegraph for the whole story. Then crack open a good bottle of French shiraz, it won't be around for too much longer if we don't get our collective heads out of our...

Well, you know.