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Scientists eye Montana's wine-producing potential

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 09 2013 07:26:27 AM MDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2013 07:29:47 AM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Scientists say warming temperatures could turn parts of Montana into wine producing areas.
    
Gary Tabor is director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman and one of the co-authors of "Climate Change, Wine and Conservation."
    
He tells the Missoulian that winter might not be such a limiting factor for vineyards in Montana in the future.
    
Scientists examined 17 global climate models extending four decades to determine how grape-growing areas could be affected.
    
Scientists say the northern boundary of Montana could see a 200 percent boost in vineyard potential.
    
But the study also found that some of the state's potential wine-producing areas are also home to threatened grizzly bears.