volume 7. our changing terroir - what's climate change doing to wine?

it’s not news that our climate is changing. we want to know what this means for wine! grapes are not easy to grow. they’re fickle and demanding and need a specific and cohesive set of environmental factors to grow well and make delicious wine. so what do we do when increasingly extreme weather events threaten that?

february 7th 2009 – hottest day ever recorded in melbourne – triggers the black saturday bushfires, that were so massively detrimental to winegrowers across victoria. april 2016 – the worst frost in decades, sweeps across burgundy severely effecting yields right throughout the region. the main farmer’s union in europe reports 2017 as the lowest harvest since ww2. is there really a ‘global shortage of wine’?!

on the panel:

leanne altmann - possibly the hardest working woman in melbourne hospitality, leanne has spent a career working her way up from waiter to wine buyer, and most recently carving out a position as beverage director for andrew mcconnell’s many restaurants, as well as being a wset educator.

mac forbes - a champion of the yarra valley, mac’s commitment to seeking out unique and exceptional sites throughout the region makes him the perfect guest for this chat. he has been making wine in the yarra for some 20 years and released the first of his own label in 2005. 

sarah fagan - well-loved winemaker at de bortoli where she has worked for close to 15 years, sarah’s experience and involvement in the industry is not easily matched. Sarah was a Len Evans scholar in 2008 and a Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year award winner in 2009.

wiremu andrews - A well-known name around these parts, with a resume to match. you might recognise wiremu from his time as sommelier at rockpool. or you might know him from his South Melbourne wine bar, smalls. most recently you'll find him at the recently opened messer in fitzroy.

what we talked about:
what are winemakers doing to protect against these ever changing conditions? Is it all bad? surely there have been some positive effects from a warmer growing season. should we be worried or excited that champagne producers are planting vines in the south of england?

and what a great opportunity to talk about “the t-word”. so we kicked off by asking – what even is terroir and why the heck are people still talking about it? especially with the changes we keep seeing, does this concept of ‘a sense of place’ still have relevance?

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