France – Historic freeze in wine regions

“In the memory of vignerons, there are two major freezes: 1991 and 1994. This is on the level of 1994. It’s historic,” said Guillaume Lapaque, director of the federation of the Indre-Loire wines trade group and the Bourgueil wine syndicate. “It froze on three nights–April 18, April 25 and then April 27.”

Temperatures dipped below freezing in several of France’s prized central wine regions this week, striking both Burgundy and the Loire Valley. In the Côte d’Or, Chablis to the north and Côte Chalonnaise, frost arrived early on the morning of April 25 and again the next night and the morning of April 27, resulting in frost that damaged the newly formed buds.

Farther west, central regions of the Loire Valley, including Chinon, Bourgueil and Vouvray, were similarly hit.

Thanks to Penelope for this link

10 thoughts on “France – Historic freeze in wine regions”

  1. Finally! Something that will affect the affluent politicians – the availability of their favorite bling brews! Enjoy!

  2. Russia: Surprise snowstorm in Krasnoyarsk. May 1, 2016
    In Krasnoyarsk, on Easter snowstorm sweeps and raging storm. The air temperature is not higher than 2 degrees. Members actively share photographs of the last month of spring snow flakes coming down. 
    The locals are extremely surprised by what is happening outside the window, many comments on your photos without optimism and say that they are already tired of winter.
    In some areas of the city the temperature was below -1 degrees below zero. Forecasters predict that the weather will not be better tomorrow.
    (Today May 1 is Orthodox Easter)

  3. hmm…if theyre really really really lucky..the vines might consider the icy cold as a winter event and possible do a second budding
    rare but can happen
    otherwise I guess a small and expensive vintage from this years output.
    and increased sales for other nations wines, italy germany etc
    maybe even some aussie or nz products?

  4. I think the French grape growers should get ready for more of this sort of thing and consider fortifying the soils of their vineyards with volcanic rock dust to provide full spectrum of trace elements to strengthen the hardiness of their vines or any crops planted in their place. The reason being that we are facing the onset of a mini ice age and the possibility of something worse. Here is sunspot graph for march 2016.

  5. In the US there have been some significant frost events especially in the central Atlantic coastal regions and mid-latitude interior. Robert previously reported about the hit to peach, plum, apple, and other fruit tree crops about a month ago — which is likely to have destroyed the year’s harvest in many of those regions. For those whose crops weren’t destroyed, others’ loss is their gain as prices will go up. But if this continues to happen around the globe (Brazil, this morning, reported it is likely to have to import corn for the first time in over two decades due to its El Niño-induced drought) then there will likely be more hardships for the producers of food. I have a profound respect for farmers around the world; most people simply are ignorant or dismissive of the amount of work and expense involved with putting a meal on their table. If frost events like this become a regular occurrence, those least likely to afford the hike in prices will be the first to feel the effects.

  6. Quote: “In the memory of vignerons, there are two major freezes: 1991 and 1994. This is on the level of 1994. It’s historic,” said Guillaume Lapaque, director of the federation of the Indre-Loire wines trade group and the Bourgueil wine syndicate.
    Comment: The French have been growing wines since early Roman times, the Germans a little later.
    I would suggest that there is a significant amount of evidence buried in the European vintners files which will suggest periodic bouts of early frosts, all of them linked to meridional weather systems and low EUV levels being emitted by the Sun.
    Check any of the named Solar Minimums including the periods during solar cycles 12 to 14 and SC20 and you will find that this has happened previously.
    In the above graphic you can see the Zero crossing points with red dots. The historic frosts during 1991 and 1994 above are associated with the zero crossing point during the early nineties.

  7. If you are interested in surviving (and I can certainly see why you might not be!) here are two sites with valuable information toward that end:

    This is a History Channel documentary that explores the Little Ice Age in depth. The link was posted by Steven a few days ago. It is a fascinating, well-researched documentary. It was so truthful it was blowing my mind, until the end when they twisted the whole thing around to serve the AGW agenda. Still, it is good to know what we are facing, and since they gave more detail than I have run across before on the Irish potato famine, I learned to research varieties of potatoes before choosing the ones I will be growing during the ice age. I urge you to watch it, and learn what you can.

    The second one was put out a couple of months ago by David Dubyne of Adapt 2030. He has a series of videos on youtube. He is, I believe, an American trader in agricultural futures based in Myanmar. The coffee crops in Myanmar were being affected by cold weather, which caused him to start researching. He put the whole thing together, the sun, the approaching ice age, the world wide govt coverup and AGW scam. He documents everything he researched in a clear, understandable way. In the
    following video, he discusses seven food crops which he says are going to skyrocket in price in 2017. If you’re going to stockpile food, better get started!

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