Investigating the adaptability of New Zealand’s vineyard areas to changing climate using a multi-scale approach
Grape vine growth and hence the wine industry are highly sensitive to variations in weather and climate. A collaborative international research programme is underway to investigate this sensitivity, and to help develop strategies for adapting to a changing climate. A multi-scale measurement and modelling approach is taken to determine the spatial and temporal variability of observed climate at the vineyard scale. Based on this knowledge, it is possible to evaluate the robustness of a vineyard region to change and also evaluate the options that are available for it to respond to future change using advanced regional scale climate models.