It's A Small Wine World After All

on 29/11/10 at 4:13 pm


Swiss vineyard

I have been intimately involved with updating The World Atlas of Wine, a picture-book classic of wine literature that has been a much loved and constantly consulted standard in my own library since Hugh Johnson prepared the first edition back in 1971. One of the double-page spreads I have referred to most comes at the very beginning, a map of the world showing two neat bands around the earth, one in each hemisphere, indicating the countries where wine is produced.

“But the wine map of the world has changed more rapidly in the last decade than ever before in the history of wine. One major factor in this fluidity is climate change. Countries that only recently we thought of as having summers definitively too cool to ripen grapes now have vineyards planted by a mixture of brave hopefuls and pioneer vintners who have already proved the validity of their regions’ claim for a place on the world wine map. Acclaimed German vintner, Klaus Peter Keller of the Rheinhessen, recently planted a Riesling vineyard in Norway, for instance. Who would have believed 20 years ago that Scandinavia, and now even Poland, would become a wine producer?”

{Full story via Jancis Robinson}

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