Regions with a maritime climate have cool to moderate temperatures that don’t fluctuate drastically. Because of their proximity to large bodies of water, like oceans or seas, they enjoy cool winters and warm summers with steady rainfall during the year. If this rainfall is excessive, it can cause extreme humidity, mold, and fungus.
Many of the wine growing regions with this climate can grow a large range of grape varieties, like Bordeaux in France and Sonoma in California. In Spain, one of the classic regions that enjoy this climate is Rias Baixas, known for white wines made from the native grape Albarino. Another example is New Zealand, where the vast Pacific Ocean helps create suitable conditions for grapes like Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Author: Maytte Rivera