How the Changing Environment is Shaping a New Wine Industry
This presentation will overview the challenges vineyard owners in Mexico and California are currently experiencing. For example, in 2015, vineyard owners in Guadalupe Valley lost up to half of their crops from the summer heat. The course objective is to highlight the current research on vineyards undergoing water stress, and to show the possible outcomes of vineyards in the future under rising carbon dioxide levels. The research will be shown in an accessible manner so that someone from any background can understand the impact of environmental variables on vineyards. My hope would be for attendees to leave feeling optimistic and inspired by the research currently being done on vineyards. The research is conducted from many different angles, including landscape scale, physiology, and genetics. They will learn about the genetic adaptations and hybridizations with wild type grapes being done to create hardier grape varieties. They will also learn about the complex interactions occurring between rising carbon dioxide, temperature, and precipitation, and what this will mean for future wine quality.