How climate change is forcing Arizona wine growers to adapt their practices

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CAMP VERDE – Ignacio Mesa operates a small winery off State Route 260 in Camp Verde where he planted his first vines in 2002. Today, Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery is a 100% sustainable winery from planting to harvesting. But climate change is making it hard to consistently produce good wine year after year, Mesa said, and he’s not alone. On this episode of Arizona in Focus, learn how climate change is affecting wine growing in Arizona and what some wineries are doing to adjust.

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News Reporter, Phoenix

Connor Worley expects to graduate in December 2021 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. Worley, who earned a journalism degree at the University of Missouri, is working in the Phoenix News Bureau.