WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University online series on
Indiana’s wine grape industry continues with a report on how a changing climate
is both helping and hindering growers.
Part 5 of “Through the Grapevine” includes interviews with
climatologists and a viticulture specialist who share their expertise on an
Indiana climate that has become milder in the past 30 years, with a longer
growing season that has enabled some producers to try their hand at growing
varieties they previously could not realistically cultivate in a cooler
A southern Indiana grower tells of his experiences of nearly
20 years in growing certain varieties that thrive in the mild climates of
Mediterranean Europe and California.
The article also explores how the possibility of more
fluctuating weather extremes in the future could lead to continued instances of
drought, hail, frost damage and excessive rain — any of which could be
devastating to vineyards. One climatologist says growers will need to adapt to
the changing climate in choosing which varieties to grow.
The series is on the website of the Purdue Agricultures magazine. Part 5 is at