climate change, grapes, viticulture
Climate change has the potential to reshape the Australian wine industry. Regions will be differentially impacted and will respond according to their unique viticultural, environmental, economic and social characteristics. An industry forum and regional workshop series was held in Western Australia focusing on three wine regions: Margaret River, Pemberton and Mount Barker. Fine scale climate information (mesoscale maps) and overviews of current and emerging technologies and resources that can be used by the wine industry to plan for and manage the risks and opportunities resulting from a changing and variable climate were presented. The information indicated that the wine regions in South West Western Australia (SWWA) will remain ideally suited to further viticulture development for the production of high quality grapes and wine in the future. Grape and wine producers identified seven key strategic areas where they will need support in order to manage the impacts of climate change. Producers developed detailed plans for actions they would like to see happen in their regions on climate information and projections, variety suitability and choices, vineyard water resources and water use, and vineyard management. The information outlined in this report has been compiled in collaboration with the specialist speakers at the forum and regional workshops: Prof. Tom Lyons, Murdoch University; Prof. Snow Barlow, Melbourne University; Dr Tony Proffitt, AHA Viticulture; Dr Erika Winter, GrapeLinks; Dr Leanne Webb, CSIRO/Melbourne University; Dr Victor Sadras, South Australian Research and Development Institute; Paul Petrie, Fosters Group; Dr Ian Foster, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia; and Nyamdorj Namjildorj, Curtin University of Technology.
Ward, G. (2009), Preparing for a changing and variable climate: final report to Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation RT 07/02-2. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report.
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