“Mainly attributable to the severe spring frost.” Wine harvest in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary also in trouble.
“At harvests everywhere, in places where we thought there would be a little less, there’s a lot less,”said Jérôme Despey, head of a governmental wine advisory board.
This year’s harvest will be the smallest since 1945, said Despey. He expects a 40% drop in output in the prime wine-growing region of Bordeaux, the country’s largest.
This year’s drop in production is “mainly attributable to the severe spring frost that affected all the wine-growing regions to varying degrees at a sensitive time for the vine”, the agriculture ministry said.
This comes after last year’s devastating harvest, one of the poorest in 30 years., which was “mostly due to the springtime frost” that hit the Champagne, Bourgogne (Burgundy) and Loire Valley regions, and the lack of rain further south near the Mediterranean.
Devastating freezes two years in a row. Let’s hope this is not the beginning of a trend.
Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary also experienced frost this year, which could diminish harvests by 30% – even up to 60% in some areas.
Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link