Spring Frosts Damage Wine Production in France
France’s wine production is in trouble thanks to extreme weather conditions in the spring and summer. The combination of late spring frosts and summer heatwaves has caused large amounts of destruction to France’s vineyards, as well as those of Italy and Spain. Due to the importance of France and those other countries in the production of wine, this is having far-reaching effects across the globe.
In fact, wine production has dropped so much that it is lower than it has been in over 50 years. According to the International Organization of Wine and Vine, the level of global wine production in 2017 has decreased by 8 percent when compared to the level in 2016. That brings it down to just 247 million hectares.
This is a steeper drop than was expected earlier in the year. The European Commission had previously predicted production to reach lower levels than it had in 36 years, but it ended up being even worse than that. They do still predict that production within France will decrease by 19 percent from 2016. That is worse than Spain with a 15 percent drop, but better than Italy with a 23 percent drop.
These figures are coming out now as the harvests in those parts of the world have recently ended. The numbers do not include either juice or must, which is new wine. It also does not include the growing wine industry in the UK as it is not part of the member-states that total 46 in number.
The primary factors that led to this issue were the spring frosts that occurred. April was an especially bad month for the new shoots in France as periods of extreme cold took place in close proximity to one another.
Due to this decrease in global wine output, the price of wine is expected to rise significantly. This price increase will come with the autumn production. It remains to be seen just how much the price is going to rise as the final figures for production have yet to come in.
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