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Could the world be hit by a wine drought brought on by climate change?

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Could the world be hit by a wine drought brought on by climate change?

Devastating weather has lead to an extreme drop in global wine production. According to the International Organization of Vine and Wine, wine production has fallen by 5 percent in comparison to 2015. From South Africa to France, crops are damaged.

Many believe that global warming is the cause of this wild weather that directly affects wine-production. The biggest contributing factor to global warming comes from the use of man-made machinery that emits Carbon Dioxide. 

Light from the sun is trapped by greenhouse gasses like Carbon in the Earth's atmosphere, heating our planet. Hotter temperatures mean a change in climate, which in turn means a change in wine production.

The world's largest wine-producing nations have recently been taking some pretty big losses. Based on Forbes.com, France's wine production has dropped by 12 percent while Portugal's dropped by 20 percent.  

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Fortunately, not all major wine-producing countries dipped. The United States' production rose by 2 percent, while New Zealand and Australia also saw a gain of 5 percent.

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Wine production in 2016 is estimated at about about 6.84 billion gallons of wine, which sounds like a lot.  But, if this wild weather continues, the wine industry may be doomed.  So, drink up while you can. 

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