Even the great traditions of wine growers in the champagne region are not immune to fears about climate change, it seems.
Yesterday the growers scrapped a century-old rule governing the distance between vines to cut the emissions produced by their machinery.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
For 100 years, the maximum allowed has been 1.5metres (5ft). This forces the vines to compete with neighbours, a struggle that helps them produce the ideal grape.
But a 15-year study by growers, scientists and champagne houses found that larger spaces would allow a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions because machinery could work more efficiently.
Champagne growers scrapped a century-old rule governing the distance between vines to cut the emissions produced by their machinery (stock image)
Despite fierce resistance from traditionalists, growers' organisation SGV voted to allow a space of up to 2.2metres (7ft).