That’s what three years of frost can do.
“Just how bad is France’s wine shortage going to get?” asks French website.
Wine production in 2017 is “historically low” in France as a direct result of “extreme weather,” the article explains. (Do I detect an unwillingness to blame it on cold weather?)
According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), volumes are down by a steep 19 percent on 2016’s production levels.
This comes after a disastrous 2016. when volume dropped to a 30-year low.
According to experts, this decline is the direct result of “extreme weather” in the three largest wine producing countries in the world.
Italy and Spain have seen volume drop by 23 percent and 15 percent respectively.
Vineyards have been hit by spring frosts in several areas, particularly Bordeaux and Jura, while hail was the culprit in Beaujolais.
On top of that, south eastern Vallée du Rhône has seen severe drought while southern parts of Provence and Languedoc have seen zero rain.
“Locally, there is already a lot of anxiety,” said Georges Haushalter, president of the Economic Commission of the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council. “In Burgundy, for example, where they have had three difficult years because of frost, I have been told that wine growers in Pommard are on the brink of bankruptcy.”
Vineyards could lose out on about a billion euros this year, says Haushalter.
Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link