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Climate Challenges Take the Stage at Vinexpo

Wine Spectator panel will highlight wine industry leaders' strategies for success in face of changing conditions
Miguel Torres and Gaia Gaja will be among the speakers at Wine Spectator's climate panel at Vinexpo.

Posted: May 24, 2017

With climate change among the most critical issues facing the global wine community today, Vinexpo Bordeaux has partnered with Wine Spectator to host a panel discussion that brings together vintners at the forefront of sustainable winemaking with climate science and policy experts.

Dramatic weather-related events—severe frosts and hail in Europe, widespread drought in California, forest fires in Chile—have been making headlines and putting entire crops at risk. But even small changes in average temperature and rainfall can greatly affect viticulture and wine quality.

On Sunday, June 18, from 3 to 5 p.m., Wine Spectator senior editor Dana Nigro will moderate “Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry,” a session that will address the current science on climate change, the status of the Paris Agreement and other initiatives, challenges vintners are experiencing in their regions, and their responses to those challenges.

Among the esteemed panelists:

Harvard's John P. Holdren and vintner Kathryn Hall

  • John P. Holdren, former science adviser to President Barack Obama, Harvard University professor of environmental policy and science, and a leading international expert on energy and climate change
  • Kathryn Hall, former U.S. ambassador and proprietor of acclaimed Napa Valley Cabernet producer Hall Wines—one of the world’s only LEED Gold–certified wineries—and Pacific Coast Pinot Noir specialist Walt Wines
  • Miguel A. Torres, president of Spain's influential Bodegas Torres, which includes family estates in Chile and California, and a leader in efforts to reduce winery carbon emissions and educate the wine industry about climate change
  • Gaia Gaja, co-owner of Barbaresco's renowned Gaja Winery and Gaja Family Wine Estates, which have been experimenting with techniques to address changing conditions in Piedmont and Tuscany

The free-admission session will begin with presentations by each panelist, followed by a group discussion and a Q&A with the audience, providing an invaluable forum for the wine community to learn, share their challenges, and develop strategies for success.

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