Bordeaux Bloodbath! France Pays Winemakers to Dig Up Vines.

From a story on by Giorgio Leali headlined “Bordeaux bloodbath! France pays winemakers to dig up vines”:

Even the nectar of the gods is susceptible to climate change and the craze for craft beer.

Winemakers in the prestigious Bordeaux region are set to uproot thousands of hectares of vineyards as altered consumer habits and global warming hit one of the crown jewels of the French agricultural industry.

Given Bordeaux’s flagship status in the public’s mind, this might seem surprising. Yet a mix of factors — including a decline in red wine consumption, falling demand from China and difficulties in producing wine in an increasingly warm environment — is strikingly transforming wine production in France.