Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How Climate Impacts Wine

You may know which wines please your palate, but did you know that the climate where the grapes are grown can have a huge impact on that taste? Whether a grape is cultivated in cool or warm climates can be a leading factor in whether the acidity levels are raised or if they end up being lower end of the spectrum. Cool climates usually result in higher overall acidity levels whereas warmer climates produce grapes with lower acidity. Warmer areas also are responsible for riper fruits notes, and you will taste a tarter note with grapes from cooler vicinities.

In general, however, warm and dry climates are more conducive to a successful vineyard. Mild winters are preferred for most in the industry because harsh, cool temps can wreak havoc on the grapes. The absence of traditional winters is often preferred to avoid frost and other detrimental conditions. It is for this reason that wine regions tend to be found closer in proximity to the equator. If you look at regions most populated with vineyards, you can see that a majority of them are located within 20 to 50 degrees on either side of this line. Learn more about what affects the growth and cultivation of wine as well as which regions produce your favorite reds and whites by clicking this link and checking out the infographic.
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