WineSocial - The Digital Ecosystem for the Business of Wine

News Environment

The soil of Champagne is riddled with chemical residue.

Intensive agricultural practices are causing concern as chemicals reach the water table.

A hot, dry summer has left pesticide levels in Champagne's groundwater at dangerous levels, according to a local study, raising fears about the region's water quality.

According to the latest figures from English Wine Producers, there are 503 commercial vineyards and 133 wineries currently producing 5 million bottles of wine in England.

English Sparkling Wine is having a moment. What was once Champagne’s invitation-only pool party, attended exclusively by the world’s most finely honed palates, is now being invaded by cannon balling English sparkling wine producers.

This is thanks to a number of fortuitous elements coming together to create a right-time, right-place kind of scenario.

Wine grapes in Alto Adige, Italy Helmuth Rier/Getty Images

Changing weather patterns are already impacting your favorite pinot noir — just ask your sommelier.

Last week Donald Trump announced he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the first-ever multi-national effort to curb the effects of climate change that was first adopted in 2015.

On stage, from left: Harvard's John Holdren, Bodegas Torres' Miguel Torres, Wine Spectator's Dana Nigro, Gaja's Gaia Gaja and Hall's Kathryn Hall.

Miguel Torres, Gaia Gaja, Kathryn Hall and Harvard professor John Holdren take the stage at 'Fire and Rain' environmental panel.

Wine Spectator kicked off Vinexpo, the international wine-trade fair held biennially in Bordeaux, on Sunday by gathering experts and industry pioneers to tackle one of the most critical issues facing the global wine community: climate change. Senior editor Dana Nigro served as moderator for "Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry," a lively and thought-provoking discussion of the environmental issues facing vintners today and in the future.

Beehives are an important part of organic and biodynamic vineyards, and they always have been.

When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes.

If you’ve ever strolled through an organic or biodynamic vineyard, you’ve likely come across a beehive on the property.