By way of Jim Boyce’s Grape Wall of China (see original article here), comes the report that global warming is going to be very goof for China’s wine industry:

As the world warms, the wine regions most likely to thrive are those that still have cool climate regions available to exploit.
‘Chile’s Casablanca Valley and other such systems can be developed,’ he said. ‘You can go eastwards and up the Andes, or south to the South Pole.’
China, he added, has enormous land to the north they can move to. ‘I suspect that in 30 years time we will see that China is one of those countries better able to adapt to global warming.’
Other countries to benefit will be England and Denmark, which both have emerging wine regions.

Gan Bei!

  • To make good wine you need clean soil and clean water, none of which China has. Add to that China’s tendency to add “Chinese characteristics” to food products which basically ruins their appeal. Tried Chinese brand chocolate makers? Truffles? You’ll be bathing your tongue in mouthwash, not to mention any cost saving impurities that end up in those food products.

  • Glen Wilkins

    Ideally, viticulture requires dry, rocky soil. Previously unusable tracts of land in Xinjiang and maybe Qinghai may be viable for wine grapes. It’s within the realm of possibility that these areas would be relatively free from pollutants due to being far away from industrial and large urban areas. It would be interesting to see how “clean” the soil and air is in some of the wineries around Rome. All that Vespa exhaust couldn’t be good for that bottle of Frascati.
    I doubt China will ever become a vino powerhouse a la France, Italy, Spain or California but it may be a way to gain more arable land while boosting the local economies of the inland provinces. Anyone for a bottle of Great Wall?

  • I think that China could easily put out wine with quality equal to that from Australia, South Africa, Chile or Argentina – given the right level of expertise.
    Of course, the areas which are famous for wine production now would not be able to equal their current standards in the event of global warming. Whether regions like Champagne would finally allow their trademark/geographical indicators (GIs) to be used by wine producers from outside their respective regions if that were to happen is another story.