Grape and wine production in diverse regions
In recent years world-wide grape and wine production have increased rapidly, almost explosively. Contributing to this impressive growth has been the expansion of commercial grape and wine production into areas of the world hitherto considered untenable for such production. This symposium will address the many factors involved in the expansion of the industry into such previously unlikely locations for grape and wine production as the UK, Denmark, Midwest USA, Northern New York, Thailand, China and many others. Among these factors are the emergence of new cultivars and improved viticultural practices. The symposium will feature a discussion of the question of the influence of climate change. A major focus will be on the many challenges to grape and wine production in climate extremes, including heat, cold, humidity and other abiotic and biotic stresses. Wines produced in such diverse regions have received numerous accolades, winning best wine, double gold and other notable awards in prestigious international competitions. In many of these cases, the wines have been produced from new grape cultivars that are not recognized by the general wine cognoscenti. Improved training systems, special management practices and efficient pest management have contributed to these successes. Examples will be presented in this introduction to the symposium and expanded upon by subsequent presenters.
Read, P.E. (2016). Grape and wine production in diverse regions. Acta Hortic. 1115, 1-2
grapes, Vitis spp., cold climate viticulture