I thought I would start a quick thread about the impact of climate change on wine quality and possibly quantity. With all of the historic wine regions getting hotter and now slightly cooler wine regions starting to become more suited (such as the UK), I was just thinking how this is positive for us, the consumer.
Just thinking back to some of the classic French regions historically where certain sites on south facing slopes or in ever so slightly warmer parts of the region were highly prized due to the grapes ripening slightly better.
Now that regions are getting warmer these historic sites might start to get too warm meaning that grapes might become over ripe (without vineyard management) which also means the slightly less desirable cooler parts of the regions might then become better suited.
This might mean there could be some larger hidden regions that might start producing top quality wines where before they would struggle to fully ripen grapes.
I guess that it also boils down to the fact that us as wine consumers are in the slightly better position of quality wine being easier to grow as its easier to ripen grapes in the slightly warmer climate, coupled with the improvement in technology.
Just a random thought I just had that I wanted to share and see what others think on the subject.