Mick O’Connell: How the wine world is adapting to the new realities of climate change

From rediscovering old grapes to purchasing land in new areas, winemakers are using a variety of tools to cope with the changing climate

The Torres winery: the family-owned business is constantly investing in research and development, and has been focusing on the effects of climate change on its wines

At this year’s Electric Picnic festival, I was involved in a panel discussion which focused on what we would be drinking in 2050. It’s an impossible topic to discuss without looking at climate change, the impact of which is seen so acutely in wine production.

Regions that were once marginal for the ripening of grapes now experience heat waves, drought and weather events that can wipe out a year’s work overnight.

One way of coping ...