Luxembourg’s wine producers take a glass half-full philosophy towards climate change phenomenon
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Luxembourg’s wine producers take a glass half-full philosophy towards climate change phenomenon, according to a recent survey.
Speaking at the one-day viticulture conference for the Moselle region on Thursday, Dr Daniel Molitor from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology revealed the results of a survey with 41 wine producers, equivalent to 15% of all producers in Luxembourg.
The winemakers agreed that climate change was already here. “They are confronted by it daily,” said Molitor, outlining some of the increasing incidents of extreme weather, such as heatwaves and hail.
However, the majority saw it as an opportunity rather than a problem. Respondents said it would give them a chance to work with new grape varieties.
Indeed, more than 90% were convinced that climate change would have a positive impact on the quality of their wines.
When asked whether it was a positive or negative thing, 95% said it was both.
Remich producer Domaine Kox recorded its earliest ever harvests on 30 August this year, because of the unusually warm spring and also to avoid insect attacks.
During the first half of the conference in Remich it was announced that a consortium from the Region Terroir Moselle is developing a wine and architecture route to promote the region to wine lovers.
This action is part of a future Interreg project, supporting wine exports from small vineyards in the greater region.