English vineyards report ‘catastrophic’ damage


“English wine crop ruined,” reads headline. Late frosts have caused devastation at British vineyards, warn wine producers .

Temperatures dropped to -6C (21F) over the past week or so, killing off the delicate buds.

As much as 90 percent losses

As a result, makers of fine English sparkling wines fear crop yields will collapse by as much as 80 per cent.

Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week’s sub-zero temperatures.

“From what I hear the majority of English vineyards have been affected to some degree,” said White.

Chris Foss, head of the wine department at Plumpton College in East Sussex, said  while some crops were unscathed others had been “decimated” with 90% of buds destroyed.

“I’ve been in English wine for 30 years and never seen anything like it,” said Foss. “It looks like there will be a 50% drop in this year’s expected yield – if not higher.”

Nick Wenman, owner of the Albury organic vineyard in Surrey, said the devastating freeze had damaged 80% of its vines. This despite lighting 500 candles and burners to warm the air,

Some of France’s most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, were also affected by last week’s severe frosts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4471686/English-wine-crop-ruined-frosts-bite-warm-spell.html

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/02/english-vineyards-frost-champagne-bordeaux-burgundy

Thanks to Sonya Porter and JH Walker for these links

“Even the UK bastion of Green Socalism, the print cheer leader after the BBC for AGW and human induced Climate Change, the Guardian, reported on this,” says J.H.


14 thoughts on “English vineyards report ‘catastrophic’ damage”

  1. In general I’m fascinated to sit back and observe the slide into this ice age, curious to see when the public finally wakes up to the incompatibility between the media’s “warmest year evaaaar, eviiil CO2 will kiiiill us aaaaaall!” bullshit, vs their own frozen toes.

    One source of face-slap reality-impact I expect will be days when the icy, cloudy weather has shut down all the wind and solar electricity, and grids collapse because almost all the reliable massive coal fired generators are gone. Not just mothballed, but actually demolished. Inevitable consequences already starting to happen, eg the recent Sth Australia farce. With Vic and NSW close behind in this race to stupidity.

    But maybe a sudden wine supply collapse might wake people up too. As a non-drinker I can chuckle about this one. A lot of fools are going to end up cold and hungry in blackouts, without even some nice wine to pass the time. Perhaps out of desperation for something to do, they may rediscover the ability to observe and think for themselves.

    I should stock up on pitchforks and firebrands (tar on a stick.) There may be a sudden widespread demand for those, I suspect.

    • Actually, the Uk had a really mild winter. Relatively few frosts, no snow in southern england and a productive growing spell from early March to 21st April.

      An ice age has much colder winters and Europe had a mild autumn, December, February and March. The snow levels on the Swiss mountains were in many cases the lowest on record. Yes January was very cold, but you expect cold Januaries snd it does not affect crops.

      What we have actually had is a late burst of arctic air in late April. We did not have a frozen river Thames.

      Remember this: the 1980s were much snowier and colder in the UK than the current decade.

      Distinguish between extreme weather event and climate change….

      • I think that is an ironic consequence of the wavy jet stream, we in the uk have had slightly warmer and wetter winters, not helped by large el ninos (increased underwater volanic activity) although this one has been really dry, and still now we have not had much rain and for last two weeks good weather but a NE wind, usually we get SWerlys. Most of the big continents have suffered late winter cold, wrecking crops and the like. UK only really gets cold when a big easterly teaches over to us from europe or scandanavia and those have been very thin on the ground last ten to fifteen years, they have been there but not quite reached us.

        • If you checkout the real scientific reports on previous Grand Solar Minimum such as the LALIA from around 563AD, the findings indicate a ten year switch over between the abrupt end of the preceding Solar Warm period and the Grand Solar Minimum. The research conclusion for the European climate during the GSM period is cold, very wet and windy, with Summer, what left of it, very foreshortened with a long Autumn from late August to December, a long 4 month winter and a cold spring lasting until the end of May.
          That’s just about sufficient to grown one crop of produce, with a strong chance that the cold will get it before it can be harvested. We may have to put up with GM simply to survive.

      • Belfast has had no lying snow these past two winters. This has been a trend for quite a few years now, broken only by the cold of December, 2010. Following a very dry April the month of May has been rainless so far. It has been reported that Edinburgh had only 3mm of rain in April.

    • 🙂 chuckling
      and feathers!!
      i reckon i better start saving all my chookfeathers
      could be a good markets for adding to the tar bath the pollies n greentards richly deserve!
      2 greenpeezers pulling an aerial stunt on commbank in aus just got arrested n charged this evening
      yaay!
      following up with agitprop on banks re any funds to coal/power.
      their claims of damage to reef are utterly outrageous..but the true believers and sheepies never actually go check.

    • What happened to the good ol’ days when one jollied into a pub in England, sat down, enjoyed a good pint of ale and a bite of sandwich, went on ones way?
      Never cared a lot for the wine, love eating grapes, got 3 pounds in fridge as I type. Wonder how much the grapes will cost me next year at this time, or if one will be able to purchase on a limited budget?

  2. The investment in English vineyards is probably approaching £300,000,000 in terms of land, buildings, vines and ongoing cultivation, storage of aging wines, etc. many business will be at risk over the next 4 years.
    A 15 to 25 year Cold period where vines cannot grow to produce grapes to make wine from locally produced produce, is all based on the illusion that the UK climate will continue to warm by a further 2C puts all of this significant investment at risk.
    This pattern of weather is the same as that during SC20 another period of very low EUV being emitted by the Sun, due to the single cycle AMP event, and the same cold frosty springs which came with it.
    The climate effects of this Grand Solar Minimum are only now being felt by humans in the shape of lost crops due to a foreshortened growing season.
    Vineyards in the UK ceased due to cold weather conditions after the Medieval Warm period ended and the world enterers 500 years of the Little Ice Age period cause by a series of GSMs and massive accompanying volcanic eruptions.
    The Modern Warm period has ended and we are now in a two cycle GSM similar to Dalton and the LALIA. One of the major eruptions has already occurred, others will follow.

    English vineyards may not be able to restart production until after 2056, once the harsh effects of this and the next solar cycle have worked themselves out of the climate engine.

  3. why?? bother wasting good land in limited area UK to grow wine anyway??
    and the low temps in a good summer even would be hard pressed to raise sugars in grapes surely?
    so many other places are far more suited and have oodles of land to use
    Sth africa aus sth america even usa as better climates

    • Except the California wine areas are wetter and cooler this year. It is raining on them as I am speaking. In fact, it is snowing on thie Sunday morning at Mt. Laguna, 40 miles from the Mexican border.

  4. Yes, we did get some hard frosts. Living by the North Downs I can concur that there has been plant damage. My magnolias had just finished with their flowers and were showing light green leaves until the frosts. The leaves have all shriveled up. I have also seen some oak leaves with browning around the edges which must also be frost damage.
    While early May frosts are not unknown, the warmists tell us these will never happen because the planet is getting super warm. And their misleading information is leading people to plant vines that will suffer as the cooling really starts. A bloke in Yorkshire growing grapes uttered the immortal ‘as it gets warmer’ line.

    • “While early May frosts are not unknown, the warmists tell us these will never happen because the planet is getting super warm.”
      I suppose it does seem super warm to the warmists.
      after all hell is for unrepentant sinners, liars and the politically correct and it is very hot in Hell.
      Erta Ale, Ethiopia the gate way to Hell.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTi8_KkqpKw

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