In January and February 2009 south–eastern Australia was subject to record high temperatures that, in many regions, also persisted for record durations. Unfortunately for the wine industry, these areas are home to Australia’s key wine-growing (viticulture) regions.
With climate change projections indicating extreme weather events will become more frequent and occur with greater intensity, researchers in the University of Melbourne Viticulture Group (VitUM) are using the wine industry as a model to examine potential adaptation strategies for food production more generally, with encouraging results.
Reporter: Nerissa Hannink
Camera: Clive Banfield
Editing: Rob Cross
Agricultural images courtesy of Visions of Victoria (Tourism Victoria).
Heatwave maps and heat-affected winery images courtesy of GREENHOUSE-2009 Proceedings.
Thanks to Yering Station and the University of Melbourne Viticulture Group.