A host of extreme weather, from cold snaps and sharp frosts to downpours could threaten the U.K. wine industry, according to new research.
Academics at the University of East Anglia looked at the relationships between four factors grape growing areas: temperature, rainfall, extreme weather events and how much the vineyards produce.
Alongside this, they surveyed producers of wine in the U.K., hearing their opinions on the relationship between climate change and English wine's success.
According to a release from UEA on Thursday, this enabled researchers to "identify opportunities and threats to the industry for the first time."
"The UK has been warming faster than the global average since 1960 and eight of the warmest years in the last century have occurred since 2002," Alistair Nesbitt, the lead researcher on the study, said.
"Producers recognized the contribution of climate change to the sector's recent growth, but also expressed concerns about threats posed by changing conditions," Nesbitt added.