Vinexpo Bordeaux and Wine Spectator to present “Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry”

On the eve of Earth Day in the United States, Vinexpo and the Wine Spectator announce a conference on the impact of climate change on vineyards on 18 June at Vinexpo Bordeaux.

The impact of climate change on viticulture and wine quality is among the most critical issues facing the global wine community today, as it prepares to converge on Bordeaux, France, this June for Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017. In response, the leading international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals has partnered with Wine Spectator to host a panel discussion, “Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry.” The session will bring together vintners at the forefront of sustainable winemaking with scientists and policy experts on Sunday, June 18, from 3-5 p.m.

Wine Spectator senior editor Dana Nigro will moderate the session, which will address the current science on climate change, the status of the Paris agreement and other intergovernmental initiatives, challenges vintners are experiencing in their regions, and their responses to those challenges. Among the esteemed panelists:

  • John P. Holdren, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Harvard physicist, and a leading international expert on energy and climate change
  • Miguel A. Torres Sr., president and managing director of Bodegas Torres in Pacs del Penedes, Spain
  • Gaia Gaja, co-owner of Gaja Winery in Barbaresco, Italy
  • Kathryn Hall, former U.S. Ambassador and international trade advisor, and proprietor of Napa Valley’s Hall Vineyards – one of the world’s only LEED Gold-certified wineries

The session will begin with brief, formal presentations by the panelists. These will be followed by discussions and Q&A with an international audience of vintners, members of the wine trade, and influential wine press.

“Climate change is an increasingly serious concern for wine growers worldwide as even small changes in average temperature and rainfall can greatly affect production,” said Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise.  “Vinexpo, as a partner of the wine and spirits industry, in collaboration with Wine Spectator, has organized a panel discussion that will provide an invaluable forum for the wine community to learn, share their challenges, and develop strategies to succeed.”

Wine Spectator has been covering the impacts of a changing climate on the wine industry for years,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher. “Our panelists are leaders in the effort to understand and manage these challenges. We are pleased to share their experience and insights through this presentation at Vinexpo.”