NAPA Valley In Trouble? Rising Temps Could Hurt California Vineyards

Vineyard owners in California could soon be under attack by an enemy that’s hard if not impossible to beat, warm weather. A new study has found that rising temperatures in the area could drastically affect the regions ability to grow quality wine grapes within 30 years.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Napa Valley will begin to see more days with 95 degree and higher temperatures, the heat level needed to scorch grapes as they grow, according to the study as many as 10 days of 95+ degree weather may be witnessed.

Most affected by the heat increases would be the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties which tend to fair worse in hot situations.

Researchers say growers will have to change grape varieties or take their operations further north if they want to continue using seed varieties that are most affected by the weather.