Chile Wine Industry has little impact from fires, heat wave

7 April 2017

A burning summer and devastating fires across central Chile's wine belt have forced an earlier harvest this year but there are no signs that volume will be affected. High temperatures can lead to excessive sugar and alcohol in the grapes and the harvest needed to take place as soon as the right level was reached. Climate change is contributing to record droughts, heat and wildfires in Chile. In December, temperatures in central Chile hit their highest level in a century. Most vines had escaped the flames and the bigger worry was the effect of the smoke on the flavor of the grapes.