Those who do not believe in #Global warming may note that the erratic behavior of the weather affects the quality of #Champagne and not just the pattern of the climate that results in untimely floods and hurricanes. Therefore, the #winemakers in France are a worried lot. They are planning to introduce countermeasures to fight the threats that could play havoc with the quality of the drink.

Sky News reports that the quality of the champagne depends on the surrounding temperatures which should be cold. Therefore, the grape farmers have kept shifting the harvest dates by nearly two weeks to escape the rising temperatures that harm the final product.

Challenge for the winemakers

Global warming is a challenge for those who are involved in the manufacture of champagne. The phenomenon is believed to be responsible for many of the ills that plague the world today and is the result of greenhouse gases generated by fossil fuels. People have realized that the CO2 emission must be arrested to contain the evil of global warming and the winemakers are seized by the problem.

The trouble with grapes is that higher temperatures are harmful because they translate into more sugar and less acidity of the fruits. One of the options that the winemakers are examining is to introduce a new hybrid grape to offset the effect of global warming. They want to create a new variety of the fruit that can withstand temperatures and mature more slowly to ensure that the distinct taste remains intact.

The future scenario

The winemakers have begun to address the problem of global warming and have taken action to reduce the carbon footprint while curbing the use of pesticides. Creating a new breed of hybrid grapes to meet these requirements will be a long, drawn-out process, and could take decades to perfect. As one of them has pointed out – his champagne house produces thousands of bottles every year and the vines he plants will take decades to produce the fruits. Obviously, it is necessary to take action in time so that the quality of the product is not compromised.

Paris had taken the initiative to control global warming and had drafted the accord on climate change. A majority of the countries have signed the accord and have agreed to introduce measures like electric cars and solar energy to reduce greenhouse gases. Some countries have even set deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel vehicles. Hopefully, champagne can survive the crisis once the surrounding temperatures reach acceptable limits.