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Tech meets terroir as SA wines adapt

As the southwestern corner of the country becomes hotter because of climate change, wine producers could shift to warmer-climate wine varieties

11 July 2021 - 00:08 By NICK WILSON

SA's wine industry, which has been hit by bans on the sale of alcohol, faces another challenge: climate change - and the industry is looking to data analytics and the potential of growing more heat-resistant cultivars as it adapts to the vagaries of the weather.

As the southwestern corner of the country - SA's biggest wine-producing region - becomes hotter because of climate change, wine producers could shift to warmer-climate wine varieties such as cabernet sauvignon rather than chardonnay, which is traditionally grown in cooler environments...

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