Nick Breeze is a British journalist currently based in Italy reporting on wine and climate change. He writes for his own wine blog, Secret Sommelier, as well The Ecologist and, more recently, GENN.cc. In 2011 he began a filmed series of interviews with internationally renowned scientists and climate experts. In 2017 he cofounded the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series inviting leading experts to give lectures at the University of Cambridge.
Over the last decade Nick has interviewed hundreds of climate experts and winemakers and documented the convergence of the two subjects as they entered mainstream discourse.
In 2020 he began the Shaping The Future climate podcast as part of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series and will be live covering COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
Currently Nick is keen to promote truly sustainable and regenerative practices in the wine industry with a belief that this small sector within agriculture can play an important leadership role in changing the way we consume agricultural products.
Action not perfection: the business sense of internalizing Climate Change
Wine producing regions worldwide are facing many consequences due to climate change. At the same time winemaking processes themselves lead to the production of CO2 and therefore have an impact on the environment whether it be in the use of glass for bottling, carbon emissions from fermenting processes, the type and quantity of pesticides used in agriculture, monoculture, water used for irrigation purposes, the use of fossil fuels for the various stages of production or in transportation and agricultural machinery. Many steps can be taken to minimize environmental impact. This might consist in “cover crops , drip irrigation (or no irrigation at all) to preserve soil and water, a reduction in bottle weight or opting for environmentally friendly materials. Climate change can be embraced as an opportunity by those companies that aim to improve their management of resources. This might entail for example improved energy efficiency, a drive for innovation, or a search for environmentally friendly products and services and last but not least a greater control of a company“s production line. Such measures can promote competitively and reveal new opportunities for growth. Should they instead be postponed they could prove costly and risky for the company concerned.