augmented reality, virtual reality and sensory reality - The $2.4-million project also includes expanding the capacity of CCOVI's research winery to include a state-of-the-art fermentation facility, as well as the purchase of several advanced analytical instruments
Supported by $1 million in funding from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada's AgriRisk Initiatives program and managed by the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA), the project is modeling climate impacts on all aspects of the industry from grape production to wine sales.
The wine world embraces it with the hope that fewer disasters will be experienced this year than what took place in 2017. While the well-publicized wine region fires in California have had a devastating impact, long-term concern is beginning to focus on what is happening to the climate: not just in California, but across global wine growing regions as well.
Spotty weather this past summer may have made it hard to plan an outing to the beach, but it turned out to be ideal conditions for the wineries of Lake Erie North Shore. With 2017 spring temperatures consistently above seasonal, the season started earlier than usual, which can be panic-inducing due to the threat of a late killing frost, and favourable weather through the summer months and into fall resulted in a bountiful crop that local winemakers predict will make for a fine 2017 vintage.
This is a real problem to Okanagan wineries, many of which have long lists of loyal customers from other provinces, especially Alberta. These customers buy wine and carry it back home. Some sign up for wine club memberships, one of the main benefits being several shipments of wine to your doorstep each year. Technically, that's illegal between most provinces.
The group, which will invest about €6.5 million of this total, says that 24% will be invested in the US - the main export destination of national wines. The US registered a 9.2% annual growth in volume of Portuguese wine imports between 2011 and 2016.