Climate change could shrink more than half of all wine regions. What will it mean for Pa., N.J. wineries?

Grapes on the vine

FRANK KUMMER / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – Never heard of mourvedre? You might want to develop a taste for the rustic, full-bodied red wine because it could be crowding out such other wines as pinot noir on the shelves in coming decades due to climate change, a new study suggests.

Some of the most suitable regions of the world for wine grape growing could shrink by more than half if temperatures keep rising, and local regions wouldn’t be spared, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Although the study did not look specifically at the impact in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, both states could be affected through different aspects of climate change such as extreme weather events…

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