The Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday that French wine production is expected to fall by 29% by 2021 as unseasonal cold earlier this year wreaked havoc on grape vines.
Heavy summer rains also boosted mildew growth that damaged grapes, with the world’s largest wine exporter now predicted to decline historically. Agreste The statistics agency said.
At 33.3 million hectoliters, the crop “will be below the level of both 1991 and 2017, years that were also affected by severe spring frosts.” Agrist said.He added that it could meet the record shortages of 1977.
Almost all French wine-producing regions, from Bordeaux in the southwest to Champagne in the northeast, were exposed to freezing temperatures in early April, which came when the buds hurried after a mild cold. Was being extended.
Disappointed growers set fire to vineyards at night in an attempt to raise the temperature and reduce damage, while others sprinkled the grapes with water, hoping that the snow on the buds would become “cocoons” which in fact It will save them from freezing.
Agriculture Minister Julian Denvermandy says the cold snap is perhaps the biggest agricultural catastrophe for France since the beginning of the 21st century.
Growers of kiwis, apricots, apples and other fruits were also badly affected along with farmers of other crops like brat and rapeseed.
Attribution of global weatherAn international organization that analyzes the link between extreme weather events and global warming. In a study in June That hot climate has increased the probability of extreme cold by 60% with increasing duration.
France is the world’s second largest wine producer after Italy.