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Soon, we’ll all have a chance to drink rare wines

By Hannah Yi
SpainPublished Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

In the near and warmer future, we should all expect to drink wines we’ve never tasted before.

An increase in the planet’s temperature of about 1.2 degrees celsius over the past century is changing the global map of where we can grow wine grapes. Soon, your favorite bottle of Riesling may no longer come from Germany, as it could well be from Tasmania. Imagine uncorking a bottle of champagne from England instead of France.

For many existing vineyards, climate change is prompting winemakers to rethink what grapes to grow. One family-owned vineyard in Spain is thinking entirely out of the box. Bodegas Torres is looking for wine grapes that their Catalan ancestors stopped growing hundreds of years ago, to see if they can unearth hardy varieties that can thrive in warmer temperatures. And there are a lot waiting to be discovered.

Researchers say there are over a thousand planted varieties, but often a dozen varieties make it out into the global market. Winemakers and consumers are usually fixated on the few with recognizable names like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. For instance in China, one of the world’s up and coming wine regions, over 75% of all the grapes grown there are Cabernet Sauvignon.

Watch the video above to see how Bodegas Torres is looking to the past for answers to the future in a glass of wine.

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