Sweden: taking advantage of climate change for wine production

by Luis Bobadilla

It is well known that human industrial activity, especially during the last decades, is characterized by intensive use of fossil fuels, is influencing gradually, but dramatically in the planet’s climate, causing global temperatures to grow gradually and generating some changes in the weather of certain parts of the world. Changes that, if we do not start to care for, will affect our lives as we know them today.

It is something we must begin to control before it is too late, but in certain places is enabling activities that, until today, were unthinkable. Just as in the production of English wine, production in Sweden has been benefited from the general rise in temperatures, making their warm seasons a little longer than before, therefore, it facilitates the task of winegrowers and its improving product quality. This can be much appreciated inside and outside its borders.

In the region of Malmö, one of the largest cities in Sweden, we can find vineyards that now enjoy summers longer, up to a month, than half a century ago, as well as Hällåkra, where more than 20,000 vines are grown on an area of approximately 6 hectares of ground. The fact is that in these latitudes the temperature changes have been greater than the global average, and Nordic viticulture is becoming a serious commercial alternative when it was considered, until recently, little more than a hobby for retirees.

Although the Swedish wine is still unknown for the general public, the initiative of small producers is beginning to attract the interest of local gourmet restaurants. They have begun to include them in their wine lists, with special attention to white and sparkling, much more adaptable to, despite everything, special climatic conditions of the area, unsuitable for growing red grapes.

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