Charbonnay wine – level 3
In northern France in coal mine areas, the latest trend is growing the so-called Charbonnay wine.
The wine is a new activity induced by climate change in one of the country’s coldest areas. Winemakers say that heatwaves are bad for growing grapes; however, heat is good. Vines are planted on the spoil tips or piles of accumulated mine waste. Winemakers believe miners proud can be to know that good wine can be produced on the spoil tips of the area’s history, and they have left a mark on many people.
Charbonnay is a play on words, as it combines the traditional grape variety of chardonnay with the word ‘charbon’ which means coal in French. In 2018, wineries sold the first bottles mainly to locals and small stores. Due to increasing temperatures, wineries expert to triple production compared to 2021.
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