French wine production at historic low after frost – .

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French wine production at historic low after frost – .


Paris (AFP)

France’s wine production this year will remain one of the worst in history, if not the worst, after severe spring frosts devastated the vines, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

France, the world’s second-largest wine producer after Italy, should see its production drop between 24 and 30% in 2021, bringing it to a “historically low” level, the ministry said.

It is already certain to fall below the productions observed in 1991 and 2017, the last two years of disastrous harvests amputated by late frosts.

“For now, it looks like the yield will be on par with 1977, a year when the harvest of vines was reduced by both destructive frost and summer showers,” the ministry said.

Several frosty nights in early April caused some of the most extensive damage in decades to crops and vines across the country, including its most well-known and prestigious wine regions from Bordeaux to Burgundy and the Rhone Valley to the champagne

Overall production, also affected by a late blight attack caused by heavy summer rains, is expected to be between 32.6 and 35.6 million hectoliters, the ministry said.

Besides wine producers, producers of kiwis, apricots, apples and other fruits have been hit hard as have farmers of other crops such as beet and rapeseed.

Apricot production is heading for its worst year in more than four decades, the ministry said, down by half of its previous five-year average.

Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie called the frost attack “probably the biggest agricultural disaster of the beginning of the 21st century”.

Some scientists claim that climate change has greatly increased the chances of such events happening again.

World Weather Attribution, an international organization that analyzes the link between extreme weather events and global warming, said in a study in June that a warmer climate increased the likelihood of an extreme frost coinciding with a period of time by 60%. growth.

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