If a recent study predicting the effects of climate change on the global wine industry is correct, the area suitable for wine production in California could shrink by as much as 70 percent by 2050 due to global warming.
The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this week and featured contributions from researchers across the globe, found that Golden State wine production could plummet at the worst possible time–an endless series of hot days when a chilled bottle of Chardonnay would really hit the spot.
California’s $121.8 billion wine industry accounts for nearly two-thirds of all wine produced in the United States and, according to the Wine Institute, supports at least 82,000 jobs nationwide.
“Climate change is going to move potential wine-producing regions all over the map,” explained the study’s lead author, Lee Hannah of Conservation International, in a statement. “Consumer awareness, industry and conservation actions are all needed tohelp keep high quality wine flowing without unintended consequences for nature and the flows of goods and services it provides people. This is just the tip of the iceberg–the same will be true for many other crops.”