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For Michel Drappier, owner of a historic vineyard in France, champagne is not just a drink. It’s a legacy.

Drappier: “I am today the seventh generation of the same family producing champagne.”

He says global warming is changing champagne production, in both good and bad ways. Warmer temperatures can help grapes thrive. But extreme weather, like heavy rain and hail, can threaten crops.

Drappier is confident that his business can adapt by managing pests and disease, and by storing reserves of wine that can be bottled and sold in years when the harvest suffers.

But he realizes that climate change is affecting the world far beyond his vineyard, so he’s taking action to address the root cause.

Vineyard owner: 'We're proud to be the first champagne house to be carbon neutral.' Click To Tweet

Drappier: “We’re proud to be the first champagne house to be carbon neutral.”

The business produces nearly half of its electricity from rooftop solar and has aggressively reduced fuel consumption. To offset its remaining carbon emissions, Drappier has invested in a wind turbine project in India.

Drappier: “It’s not for us. It’s for the whole population of our world and for the next generation.”

Cheers to that!

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

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