Worldwide wine output collapses – Major shortages feared

26 Apr 2018 – “Worldwide Wine Output Collapses To 60-Year Low, Sparks Fears Of Major Shortage,” says headline.

The Director-General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Jean-Marie Aurand, warned that global wine production collapsed in 2017, with a contraction of 8.6 percent compared with 2016. In fact, global wine output dropped to its lowest levels since 1957, primarily due to poor weather in the Eurozone which slashed production across the entire bloc.

In France, vinters reported “widespread damage in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne, with some losing their entire 2017 crop.

Here’s the full article:

Thanks to Carl, Dale Blizzard and Ronald Baker for this link

“If it gets any warmer it’s going to snow,” says Carl.
“It’s just beginning,” says Ronald. “Build your greenhouses now.”

I’ve reported previously about the decline in French wine production here:
Burgundy wine growers on verge of bankruptcy – 6 Nov 2017 – That’s what three years of frost can do.

16 thoughts on “Worldwide wine output collapses – Major shortages feared”

  1. seeing as i prefer wine as vinegar in salads im not so sad
    but some of my friends will be upset
    meanwhile Aus and NZ and other places prob also african growers did ok..
    premium prices for a change maybe
    of course a lot of aus wine goes to china direct nowdays

    • The Cape district of South Africa has been in a drought condition for a couple of years, with vineyards having to pinch off buds to save on water use. So, then, when it would do our balance of payments no end of good to export more wine to the thirsty Northern Hemisphere – there isn’t any!

  2. Just a few more degrees, or a few weeks longer of “winter”, and there will be ZERO wine/grape harvest in Europe.

    They had better prepare and had better change the crops they plan to harvest.

    France & Germany need to begin storing seeds of crops that can grow in a colder climate and forget Wine growing for the next 500 years.

    Perhaps they can learn to make Wine from Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries…….get the old “Ripple” recipes?

    • That’s not how it works. Cold has a max latitude and max altitude where it’s too cold. As things get colder, the limits move down the mountains and from north to south.

      Some areas will never be limited. Italy, for example. Too much water too close to all of it. South of France too.

      Besides, wine grapes are hardier than you might think. It DOES take different cultural practices (laying vines down in winter and dirt banking) so northern Europe will need to learn to do more of that.

      Realize we grow wine as far north as Washington State in the USA and even in Canada:

      So as excess cold hits, Canadian wine might go off line while some Mexican areas come on line. Napa and Sonoma will stay fine, but might shift to a bit more crisp whites and less robust Reds as those would be moved to the Central Coast. Inland (Modesto) where a lot of high sugar low acid grapes are grown would start making better wines with a bit more acid & flavor.

      The same pattern will happen in Europe.

  3. No doubt the new migrants will hail this as a blessing from Allah. The up or down side depending on your point of view is the real French people might sober up enough to take their new situation more seriously and live up to their national anthem.

    “La Marseillaise” – France National anthem French & English lyrics …
    Video for french national anthem lyrics▶ 5:21

  4. This and a lot worse is what happens when the North Atlantic Gulf Stream goes belly up. Professor of Hydrodynamics at the Frescati Institute in Italy, Gianluigi Zangari said that as of July 2010 the Gulf Stream is DEAD ! Did anyone get the message ? Well as the next Ice Age starts to kill off a good percentage of the human species I think a few individuals dotted about might start to get the message.

    • Neil,

      You going to put this same comment on every thread? Prof. Zangari was promoting the idea of a “Day After Tomorrow” event due to the BP oil spill. It didn’t happen in the 8 years following.

      As of right now, the gulf stream is doing 1 m/s peak ( 2 knts) and still going:

      • Thanks! I didn’t think I could have missed, during the last eight years, stopping or even a significant and persistent slowing of the Gulf Stream.

        I have learned enough about the climate issue to understand that I don’t know much about it!

        That said, it seems clear to me that various changes to our Sun, the solar cycles and the solar wind can and do affect terrestrial climate in profound ways – some of which could result in altering the Gulf Stream and other oceanic currents.

    • Get the message Neil? Not likely. The majority will choose to ignore the advice and warnings until the problem does them in and even then they will find some excuse to either dismiss the message as fake news or kill the messenger. It is always a prescient minority that gets the message and almost never the majority.

  5. This is true? The Gulf Stream stopped, or significantly lessened, some 8 years ago?
    If it’s true and continues, Europe will get a lot colder and quickly, yes?

    • The Gulf Stream has not stopped. It may be a bit slower than average, but that’s a guess based on eyeballing a graph. (See link in my above comment to current Gulf Stream ) It has peaks of velocity that are at least 1 m/sec per the caption yet the WIki says the peak is faster than that at 2.5 m/sec. Is that actually 2 x as much as now, or is that 1+ last color marking just hiding that some of it is 2.5 ? Needs a bit of a “Dig Here!” to know.

      The Gulf Stream is typically 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide and 800 metres (2,600 ft) to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) deep. The current velocity is fastest near the surface, with the maximum speed typically about 2.5 metres per second (5.6 mph).

      So there is some indication that it might have slowed by about 1/2; but also error bars in reading that graph that make it entirely impossible to actually state what change if any has happened.

      Probably needs a further chunk of research and full examination.

  6. In general northern latitudes like Russia, Finland and Scotland prefer grain alcohols because the grains are hardier and the benefit for drinkers like me me is a brew with more punch LOL.
    But check out this link to an intrepid wine producer in Scotland who banked on global warming bringing hot Mediterranean weather to Bonny Scotland. Regrets, all Scotland got was rain, rain and more rain. Here’s the link:-

Comments are closed.