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Climate change is forcing Australia's struggling winemakers to adapt

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Australia's wine industry is on the frontline of climate change, and scientists are warning the increasing challenges to grape-growing reflect the vulnerabilities of the entire farming industry.

"When people ask me 'have you got a good example of climate change?' - I say 'talk to a viticulturist'."

Those are the words of Christopher Davies, a senior research scientist at the CSIRO.

He explains grapes are extremely sensitive to heat, which means the effects of a warming planet are felt sharply in the wine industry and have been for a number of years.   

"It's an extremely concerning problem for viticulture in Australia," fifth-generation winemaker Alisdair Tulloch tells SBS News during a visit to his family-run vineyard this week. 

Fifth-generation winegrower, Alisdair Tulloch says the effects of climate change are being felt sharply in the industry.
Fifth-generation winegrower, Alisdair Tulloch says the effects of climate change are being felt sharply in the industry.
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