Irrigation doesn't work anymore ...

Irrigation doesn’t work anymore. Irrigation is Adaptation’s greatest ally whilst it is Mitigation’s greatest foe…

There is just so much we can divert from a river, drain an aquifer or rely on snow melt…

Even when we consider other water sources for irrigation, such as desalinated or recycled wastewater or rainfall – they all contribute to soil salinization, compromised grape quality, and artificially higher yields …

And even if you do not support the arguments (and the science) that irrigation creates shallow root systems rendering the plant more susceptible to drought, that it dilutes the nutritional and microbiological components of the grape, and it dilutes or erases the effect of terroir as well as damages the soil … the undeniable and unarguable fact that there is not enough water to irrigate a luxury crop, is strong enough to stand alone.

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