A year in a French vineyard: August 2018

sun over vineyard
Environmental scientists predict cooler areas in the north of France and the Massive Central may become new wine regions

The return of lower-alcohol fruity wines - Changing climate and wine fashions mean vignerons are always trying out new methods

Last month, I wrote about the relationship between climate and ripening (see here), the desire for wines made from very ripe grapes and the viticultural practices that can be employed to assist ripening to high levels of sugar – and therefore alcohol.

This month, I will explain why there is a move to reduce alcohol levels, how that can be achieved and what climate change could mean for vineyards and wines. In the last few years there has been a desire to reduce alcohol levels, driven mainly by the idea that high-alcohol wines are bad for our health.

The problem is consumers still want ripe, smooth flavours – so producers have looked at ways ...

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