How climate change can improve the quality of wine

The effects of climate change have been dramatically over-estimated. Future global climate change caused by human activity will be much less than feared and be largely benign for viticulture”. “The 21st Century will be wine’s golden age.

Jo Nova has recycled a blast from the past, reviewing a book by the Australian guru of wine-growing that explains how alarmism has no scientific basis and why warming is good for grapes.

Here is one of their own greats staking his reputation on the skeptical side. About a third of the book is about climate change, and John Gladstones writes prize winning books of almost biblical fame in the vineyard industry. According to one winery blogger, Gladstones’ 1992 book — the highly acclaimed Viticulture and Environment –became THE essential resource book, above almost all others. Gladstones is a leading agricultural scientist, winning prizes for his work on breeding, agronomy, and botany.  The famous Margaret River wine growing region (here in WA) was set up because Gladstones recommended it.

Jo linked to the old piece in a rejoinder to the latest episode of the ABC spending our money to promote their destructive  ideas.

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13 Responses to How climate change can improve the quality of wine

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Global warming is good for wine, as I mentioned in Jo’s comments. Frog vigneron decamped to a tropical island in French Polynesia and built a winery. He gets two vintages per year.

    Vin de Tahiti: French Polynesia’s Only Wine Label

    You can buy them from some specialty wine suppliers. Price €29.90 plus tax for the 2017 vintages.

  2. Bruce

    The Romans, who apparently knew a thing or two about grapes and wine, were operating successful vineyards in southern England for quite a while. Interestingly, viticulture survives in that region to this day.

    The Vikings were even more adventurous; growing grapes MUCH further north and west, across the Atlantic, for a considerable time. Vines they picked up during their “visits” to England?

    Grapes are grown successfully virtually on the shores of Moreton Bay in southern Queensland.

    I have visited some serious vineyards in Thailand and Viet Nam.

    It is as much about the grape variety, soil type and drainage and rainfall patterns as anything else.

  3. “Future global climate change caused by human activity will be much less than feared and be largely benign for viticulture””

    Caused by human activity?

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/10/a-monte-carlo-simulation-of-the-carbon-cycle/

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Caused by human activity?

    Not on your data Cha-am which I know you know very well. 😀

    I’m open minded about anthropogenic CO2 contribution to pCO2. It’s a moot point since pCO2’s effect is pretty low: an ECS of less than 1 C/doubling. Which is harmless. Incidentally I saw you have been a rheologist, a fine area of process engineering and chemistry! Done a bit of it myself from time to time.

  5. John A

    Bruce #3484886, posted on June 14, 2020, at 10:45 am

    The Romans, who apparently knew a thing or two about grapes and wine, were operating successful vineyards in southern England for quite a while. Interestingly, viticulture survives in that region to this day.

    Well, those imperial Romans took Dionysius and renamed him Bacchus, from which we derive the word “bacchanalian” to describe a rousing feast of viticulture. A friend of mine declares he enjoys the best water “as filtered by the grapevine.”

    PS again, Doomlord: what has become of the preview panel below the Reply box?

  6. Up The Workers!

    With all the lurid “Armageddon-du-Jure” gillarding of the Leftard nannies and the luvvies and the ‘repent and be saved’ brigade, have you ever wondered about the definitive numerical extent of global warming over the last century or so?

    NASA’s Goddard Institute has been tracking it and their hard data on the “Rise in Global Average Temperatures over the last 100 years” (Google it for yourself) is…wait for it….all of 0.8 degrees (zero point eight degrees) Celsius (or 1.4 degrees Farenheit) for the 140 years from 1880 to the present, or 0.0057 of a single degree Celsius per annum.

    Maybe the Sainted Swedish school-truant, Greta Thunberg was born before her time? If she had waited for another 2,000 years to be born, at that rate of warming, it would only be a tic over 11 degrees C. warmer than it is today.

  7. Chris M

    “The 21st Century will be wine’s golden age”

    Really? The temperature is dropping or at least trending down, lower solar output etc. A little extra CO2 will help of course.

  8. It’s all rubbish. Sceptics who argue about “The Benefits of Warming” are essentially accepting that man can warm the planet by burning carbon, like Bruce did above.

    Climate doesn’t change in years or decades. It takes minimum of centuries and even thousands of years, unless there is a catastrophic event like large scale and serial volcanic activity or strikes by sizeable meteors.

    The Sun provides the energy, water in all it’s forms modulates it. Geography and topography manifests it. CO2 has near enough to ZERO to do with the temperature of an established water planet.
    We can burn our way to 1000ppm of CO2 and none of us would even feel the difference in day to day temperatures.

    Global Warming by man’s emissions of CO2 is a false theory perpetuated by a host of sundry opportunists, scamsters and carpetbaggers.

  9. Professor Fred Lenin

    What effect will it have on Chateau Neuf du Pape? A matter of deep concern for conniseurs .

  10. Professor Fred Lenin

    We cant stop the fascist BLMthugs and we cant close the borders , but we CAN change the climate.
    Yeah right comrades !

  11. Squirrel

    The spruiking of the CSIRO wine climate atlas is a sad reminder that Landline, one of the last remaining ABC TV programs which has not been completely given over to PC wankery, is under threat.

    If it goes the way of all others, with it would go the sentimental reasons that many would have for defending an organisation which looks increasingly irredeemable.

  12. Mother Lode

    What effect will it have on Chateau Neuf du Pape? A matter of deep concern for conniseurs .

    Margaux, Pauillac and Pomerol are my greatest concerns.

  13. Jonesy

    Squirrel, regretfully, I gave up watching Landline about five years ago. The last bastion is Macca on Sunday mornings. Once he falls, the march will be complete.

    415ppm…incidentally has not dropped a jot during the world shutdown…humans account for 3.4% or 14.11ppm, us Australians account for 1.8% of that figure, 0.25ppm…and we want to reduce that by 25%..0.063496ppm lest the world be engulfed in flame…INDEED!

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