Winemaking vs. Mother Nature
Winemaking may seem entirely glamorous but it’s really just another version of farming: It’s hard, unpredictable work, and farmers everywhere are wrestling with the onslaught of climate change. Climate change may make some of the world’s most fertile wine regions inhospitable to grape production. Winemaking was a competitive and unpredictable business long before climate change’s escalating challenges arrived. Bottling great wine requires as much art as science. During a recent trip to South Africa, Tim visited one of the world’s most spectacular wine regions – the Stellenbosch, outside of Cape Town, South Africa – and one of the area’s oldest vineyards, Rust en Vrede, where he spoke with the owner, Jean Engelbrecht.
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