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No Planet B – How is the changing climate affecting the wine industry?

In the past couple of months alone there have been extreme heat warnings in the UK, devastating floods across central Europe, India and China, as well as huge fires in the USA. This is the reality of the climate and nature crisis we are all facing today. 

How does this impact the wine we drink?

Well first and foremost, winemaking is all about farming the land, we call this ‘viticulture’ (growing the grapes). Mother nature can either give you a helping hand or destroy crops for the entire year. Then in addition to the vineyard conditions, winemaking also relies heavily upon its wineries, for what we call the ‘vinification’ process (turning the grapes into wine). Let’s take Germany for example, the recent floods and deluge of water have carried away barrels, wine bottles and machines, thus destroying entire wine-producing businesses and livelihoods.

If these climate struggles continue then no doubt this will reduce the amount of wine available for supply which will inevitably lead to higher prices as the demand for wine around the world isn’t decreasing. 

This time in Germany humanity stepped up, through people’s overwhelming willingness to provide help as well as solidarity. For instance, many growers from different wine regions are already on site with forklifts, vineyard tractors or pumps to save what can still be saved. External helpers are also on duty to help with any urgently needed vineyard work in order to secure the upcoming vintage. Numerous wine donations have also been made, the sales of which will benefit the affected wine producers of the Ahr region in particular.

If you would like to support the German Wine Industry (DWI) they are currently gathering aid and donation offers on its website. The proceeds from the numerous aid campaigns can directly benefit the Ahr winegrowers, who urgently and unbureaucratically need money for the reconstruction of their businesses, which will certainly take a long time. 

Donation account details:
Beneficary (field 59)
Account: DE14 5519 0000 0619 7860 15
Beneficary: Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH
Beneficary Bank (field 57a)
Bank Name: DZ Bank AG, Frankfurt / Germany
Bank-to-Bank-Information (field 72)
/acc/ Mainzer Volksbank eG, Mainz / Germany
Purpose: Donation Ahr Flooding

You can also take a look at all the German winemakers we have online for you to buy here.

Our thoughts are with all winemakers across the world who are struggling with the climate and nature crisis we are all facing today. We are so grateful for their never-ending efforts to create delicious wines for us all to enjoy. We all have the power to make positive changes and make a difference, don’t you agree? After all, there is no Planet B!

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