BBC says global wine production will hit a 50 year low this year – blames ‘extreme weather’ for the drastic decline.
“The BBC today reported that global wine production will hit a 50 year low this year,” says reader Ptolemy2. “The reason given is ‘extreme weather’ but they don’t say what kind of extreme weather. That’s because the reason is spring cold and late frosts this year. They are downplaying that politically incorrect cold weather story.”
Here are estimates of the drops in wine production by country:
• Italian production will fall 23% to 39.3 million hectolitres.
• French production will drop 19% to 36.7 million hectolitres … its worst harvest since 1945.
• Spanish production will be 15% lower at 33.5 million hectolitres.
• A hectolitre is 100 litres, equivalent to about 133 standard 750mL bottles.
The BBC may blame ‘extreme weather,’ but back in August the French agriculture minister presented a more honest picture, saying that the losses were “mainly attributable to the severe spring frost.”
Bitter cold struck twice within a week in April, ravaging fragile shoots and buds.
Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary also experienced hard frosts this year, and were worried that wine harvests could fall by 30%, even up to 60% in some areas.
I think Ptolomy2 is seeing clearly. I also worry that people will be blind-sided by the coming cold and snow.