Gregory V. Jones

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Gregory V. Jones

Born1959 (age 59–60)
OccupationDirector and Professor
Known forClimatology, Viticulture, Wine: Research on grape growing and wine production
Board member ofReview Editor, Climate Research, 2004-- ; Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Wine Economics, 2006-- ; Editorial Board, International Journal of Wine Research, 2008-- ; Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Biometeorology, 2012-- ; Erath Family Foundation, 2010--
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Virginia
ThesisSynoptic Climatological Assessment of Viticultural Phenology (1998)
Academic work
InstitutionsLinfield College

Gregory V. Jones is a research climatologist specializing in the climatology of viticulture, with a focus on how climate variation influences vine growth, wine production and the quality of wine produced. Jones serves as the Director of the Center for Wine Education and is Professor of Environmental Studies at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Previously he served as the Director of the Division of Business, Communication and the Environment at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon and was Professor in the University's Environmental Science and Policy Program.


Gregory V. Jones (born 1959 in Murray, Kentucky) obtained a BA (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences.[citation needed] His dissertation described research in Bordeaux, France on the climatology of viticulture investigating the spatial differences in grapevine phenology, grape composition and yield, and how these are related to wine quality.[1] Jones is best known for his research in climatology, meteorology, agriculture and hydrology; the phenology of plant systems; the interaction between biosphere and atmosphere; weather patterns and climate change; and quantitative methods in spatial and temporal analysis.[2]

Jones has been invited to speak on climate and wine-related research at hundreds of regional, national and international conferences, and is a well-known applied research consultant to the grape and wine industry in Oregon. In 2014, Jones participated in a panel, A New World of Wine: How the Viticultural Map is Changing at the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine's 8th annual conference in Florence, Italy.[3] Jones is a regular presenter at the biennial International Terroir Congress, most recently at the Xth International Terroir Congress in Tokaj-Eger, Hungary. As organizer in 2016, Jones brings the XIth International Terroir Congress to the Willamette Valley, Oregon.[4]


Jones' research focuses on the role of climate in the structure and characteristics of agricultural systems. As such he is interested in how climate influences whether a crop is suitable to a given region, how climate controls crop production and quality and ultimately drives economic sustainability. His main focus on climate's influence on agribusinesses is in viticulture and wine production where climate is arguably the most critical aspect in ripening fruit to optimum characteristics to produce a given wine style. Jones examines climate's role in growing wine grapes and wine production from a holistic perspective trying to understand 1) the weather and climate structure necessary for optimum quality and production characteristics, 2) the climate suitability to different wine grape cultivars, 3) the climate's variability in wine producing regions, and 4) the influence of climate change on the structure, suitability, and variability of climate.[5]

Jones' research has been described and his expertise noted in wine trade publications and websites including: Wine & Spirits magazine (May 2015),[6] The Oregonian newspaper (May 2015),[7] Southern Oregon Wine Scene Magazine (Summer 2015),[8] Great Northwest Wine (April 2015),[9] (December 2014),[10] Vine2Wine (March 2014),[11] Wine-Searcher (November 2013),[12] Willamette Week newspaper (September 2013),[13] Wines and Vines magazine (November 2012),[14] and the Mail Tribune newspaper (June 2009).[15]

Professional affiliations and service[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2016, Gregory V. Jones was named Honorary Confrade with the Rank of Infanção (Nobleman) by the Confraria do Vinho do Porto for his work with the Portuguese wine industry.[16]

Jones was included as one of Wine Business Monthly's Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders for 2016[17] and 2017.[18]

In 1998 and 2004 Jones was awarded a Prix Local by the Vineyard Data Quantification Society, an international organization of economists in service to vine and wine.[19]

Jones contributed to the 4th IPCC Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.[20]

Decanter Magazine named Jones to its 2009 Power List, counting him among the top fifty influencers in the wine world,[21] and included Jones in their top one hundred most influential people in the US wine industry in 2012 and 2013.[22]

Jones was also named Oregon Wine Press's 2009 Wine Person of the Year,[23] has been featured in the Linfield College History of Wine Archives,[24] and is included in the Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library's Wine of Southern Oregon Digital Archives.[25]

Selected publications[edit]

Jones is the author of numerous book chapters, reports, and journal articles covering topics of climate, soil, phenology, economics, and sustainability as they pertain to viticulture and wine production. Book contributions include chapters in:

  • Jones, Gregory V.; White, Michael A; Diffenbaugh, Noah S. (2009). "Climate Variability,Climate Change, and Wine Production in the Western United States". In Wagner, Frederic H. Climate Warming in Western North America: Evidence and Environmental Effects. University of Utah Press. ISBN 0874809061.
  • Gregory V Jones (2011). "Climate, Grapes, and Wine: Structure and Suitability in a Variable and Changing Climate". In Dougherty, Percy H. The Geography of Wine. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 109–133. ISBN 9400704631.
  • Tomasi, Diego; Gaiotti, Federica; Jones, Gregory V (2013). The Power of the Terroir : the Case Study of Prosecco Wine. Basel: Springer. ISBN 3034806272.
  • Jones, Gregory V. (2013). "Winegrape Phenology". In Schwartz, Mark. Phenology : an Integrative Environmental Science (Second edition. ed.). Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 563–584. ISBN 9400769245.

Jones' writing has been published in major scientific journals. Selected publications are cited below.

  • Jones, G.V. and Davis, R.E. (2000). Climate Influences on Grapevine Phenology, Grape Composition, and Wine Production and Quality for Bordeaux, France, American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, 51,No.3:249-261.
  • Jones, G.V. and Storchmann, K-H. (2001). Wine market prices and investment under uncertainty: an econometric model for Bordeaux Crus Classés, Agricultural Economics, 26:115-133.
  • Nemani, R.R., White, M.A., Cayan, D.R., Jones, G.V., Running, S.W., and J.C. Coughlan, (2001). Asymmetric climatic warming improves California vintages. Climate Research, Nov. 22, 19(1):25-34.
  • Jones, G.V., White, M.A., Cooper, O.R., and Storchmann, K., (2005). Climate Change and Global Wine Quality. Climatic Change, 73(3): 319-343.
  • White, M.A., Diffenbaugh, N.S., Jones, G.V., Pal, J.S., and F. Giorgi (2006). Extreme heat reduces and shifts United States premium wine production in the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(30): 11217–11222.
  • Jones, G.V. and Goodrich, G.B., (2008). Influence of Climate Variability on Wine Region in the Western USA and on Wine Quality in the Napa Valley. Climate Research, 35: 241-254.
  • Hall, A. and G.V. Jones (2009): Effect of potential atmospheric warming on temperature based indices describing Australian winegrape growing conditions. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 15(2):97-119.
  • White, M.A., Whalen, P, and G.V. Jones (2009). Land and Wine. Nature Geoscience, 2:82-84.
  • Jones, G.V., M. Moriondo, B. Bois, A. Hall, and A. Duff. (2009): Analysis of the spatial climate structure in viticulture regions worldwide. Le Bulletin de l'OIV 82(944,945,946):507-518.
  • Jones, G.V, Duff, A.A., Hall, A., and J. Myers (2010). Spatial analysis of climate in winegrape growing regions in the western United States. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 61:313-326.
  • Hall, A. and G.V. Jones (2010). Spatial analysis of climate in winegrape growing regions in Australia. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 16:389-404.
  • Jones, G.V. and Webb, L.B. (2010) Climate Change, Viticulture, and Wine: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Wine Research, 21: 2(103-106).
  • Schultz, H.R. and Jones, G.V. (2010). Climate Induced Historic and Future Changes in Viticulture. Journal of Wine Research, 21:2(137-145).
  • Tomasi, D., Jones, G.V., Giust, M., Lovat, L. and F. Gaiotti (2011). Grapevine Phenology and Climate Change: Relationships and Trends in the Veneto Region of Italy for 1964-2009. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 62:3(329-339).
  • Borges, J., Real, A.C., Cabral, J.S., and G.V. Jones (2012). A new method to obtain a consensus ranking of a region's vintage quality. Journal of Wine Economics, 7(1):88-107.
  • Anderson, J.D., Jones, G.V., Tait, A., Hall, A. and M.T.C. Trought (2012). Analysis of viticulture region climate structure and suitability in New Zealand. International Journal of Vine and Wine Sciences, 46(3):149-165.
  • Malheiro, A.C., Santos, J.A., Pinot, J.G., and G.V. Jones (2012). European viticulture geography in a changing climate. Bulletin l'OIV, 85(971-972-973): 15-22.
  • Moriondo, M., Jones, G.V., Bois, B., Dibari, C., Ferrise, R., Trombi, G., and M. Bindi (2013). Projected shifts of wine regions in response to climate change. Climatic Change, 119(3-4): 825-839.
  • Koufos, G., Mavromatis, T., Koundouras, S., Fyllas, N.M, and G.V Jones (2013). Viticulture–climate relationships in Greece: the impacts of recent climate trends on harvest date variation. International Journal of Climatology, 34(5):1445-1459, DOI: 10.1002/joc.3775
  • Ashenfelter, O. and Jones, G.V. (2013). The Demand for Expert Opinion: Bordeaux Wine. Journal of Wine Economics, 8(3): 285-293, DOI:10.1017/jwe.2013.22
  • Baciocco, K.A., David, R.E., and G.V. Jones (2014). Climate and Bordeaux wine quality: identifying the key factors that differentiate vintages based on consensus rankings. Journal of Wine Research, 25(2):75-90, DOI: 10.1080/09571264.2014.888649


  1. ^ Jones, Gregory V. (2000). "Climate Influences on Grapevine Phenology, Grape Composition, and Wine Production and Quality for Bordeaux, France". American Journal of Viticulture and Enology. 51 (3): 249–261.
  2. ^ Eastman, Janet. "2009 Wine Person of the Year: Climatologist Greg Jones". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. ^ Salin, Christophe; Vouillamoz, Dr. Jose; Jones, Professor Gregory V.; Cornelissen, Frank (2014). A New World of Wine: How the Viticultural Map is Changing (Masters of Wine Institute,8th, 2014: Session 3. Florence, Italy.
  4. ^ Mitham, Peter (October 28, 2015). "Oregon to Host Terroir Congress International cadre of academics will share research and visit area vineyards". Wines & Vines. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ Jones, Gregory V. (2011). Climate, Grapes, and Wine: Structure and Suitability in a Variable and Changing Climate in Percy H. Dougherty, The Geography of Wine. Climate, Grapes, and Wine: Structure and Suitability in a Variable and Changing Climate: Springer. pp. 109–133. ISBN 9400704631.
  6. ^ Darlington, David (May 18, 2015). "Accounting for Taste: What happened to Russian River Valley Pinot Noir?". Wine & Spirits. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ Harbarger, Molly (May 23, 2015). "Pinot noir celebrates 50 years in Willamette Valley. Will there be 50 more?". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  8. ^ Daspit, MJ (Summer 2015). "One COOL Conversation with Greg Jones". Southern Oregon Wine Scene Magazine. Jacksonville Review. Retrieved 4 November 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Degerman, Eric (April 3, 2015). "Oregon wine climatologist Greg Jones speaks to scientists in Columbia Valley". Great Northwest Wine. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. ^ Miller, Carrie. "Pinot Noir Is Wine's Polar Bear: The opportunities and challenges that climate change presents to vintners". (December 23, 2014). Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  11. ^ Staff (March 14, 2014). "Climatologist Greg Jones Speaks at U of O on terroir". Vine2Wine. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  12. ^ Cole, Katherine (November 20, 2013). "Greg Jones Turns Up The Heat on Wine & Climate Change". Wine-Searcher. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  13. ^ Staff (September 10, 2013). "Hotseat: The Third Degree A climatologist describes how global warming will alter the wine industry". Willamette Week. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  14. ^ Tourney, Jon (November 13, 2012). "Conference Explores Science of Wine Terroir Speakers at U.C. Davis say science supports link between climate and wine quality, but not soil-minerality link". Wines & Vines. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  15. ^ Darling, John (June 4, 2009). "SOU professor Greg Jones makes wine 'Power List' - Magazine puts him on its list for his studies into climate change's effect on the industry". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ Daspit, MJ (December 8, 2016). "Wine Honors for SOU's Greg Jones Reach Worldwide". Ashland Daily Tidings. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders". Wine Business Monthly. Wine Communications Group. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Top Wine Industry Leaders 2017". Wine Business Monthly. 2017.
  19. ^ Ashenfelter, Orley; Greg Jones. "The Demand for Expert Opinion: Bordeaux Wine". Vineyard Data Quantification Society Oenometrics Prize: Prix d'Ajaccio, 1998. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  20. ^ Field, C.B., L.D. Mortsch,, M. Brklacich, D.L. Forbes, P. Kovacs, J.A. Patz, S.W. Running and M.J. Scott (2007). North America. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521705974.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Woodward, Guy. "The Decanter Power List 2009 – Top 10, New Entries and Fallers". Decanter. Time Inc UK. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  22. ^ Cervin, Michael. "The 2nd Annual "Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry" – 2013". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  23. ^ Eastman, Janet. "2009 Wine Person of the Year: Climatologist Greg Jones". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  24. ^ Jones, Gregory V. "Oral History from the Linfield College History of Wine Archives". Linfield College. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  25. ^ Southern Oregon University Hannon Library. "Gregory V. Jones". Wine of Southern Oregon Digital Archives. Southern Oregon University. Retrieved 6 November 2015.