French Wine Production Seen Plunging up to 30% in 2021
Vines Ravaged by Spring Frosts in France
French wine production is expected to tumble in 2021 after severe spring frosts and summer rain ravaged vines, according to official estimates. France’s agriculture ministry said on 6 August those conditions are expected to see the country’s production drop between 24% and 30% this year compared to 2020. “The spring frost has reduced a good part of production, which would be historically low, lower than those of 1991 and 2017,” it said on its website. Late frosts in both of those years resulted in poor grape harvests.
Almost all France’s wine regions were affected by frost in early April from Bordeaux and Burgundy to Champagne. Winemakers battled through the night to try to save their crop by lighting thousands of small fires and candles near vines and trees. Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie described the frost attack then as "probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century". Production from France, the world’s second largest wine producer, has also been hit by wet summer weather, which has caused mildew on grapes. Overall production in 2021 is now estimated at between 32.6 million and 35.6 million hectolitres.
FIND OUT MORE
Wines from the Indian Subcontinent: The Nashik Valley in MaharashtraThe vine is a most adaptable plant – and thrives even in the subtropical heat of the Indian subcontinent.
Germany's Devastating Flood in Ahr Wine Region: Winegrowers in the AftermathTwo weeks after the devastating flood in Germany's Ahr wine region, the full extent of the disaster becomes apparent.
English Wine Week: Danbury Ridge Wine Estate Shows Essex in Best LightEssex on the English North Sea coast shows much potential for still wines.
English Wine Week: Three Blanc de Noirs English SparklersTo highlight English Wine Week, we present three English Blanc de Noirs sparkling wines – from Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.
Urban Winery in London Releases Canned Wine SpritzerJust in time for English Wine Week, London’s first urban winery releases an English wine spritzer.
Austrian Wine Marketing Board Releases Digital Vineyard MapThe Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) has released the world’s first digital wine atlas covering an entire wine-producing country.
Cape Winemakers Guild Holds Online Auction for its Protégé ProgrammeWine lovers can bid for unique lots at the Cape Winemakers Guild online auction
Food and Wine: The Eternal FrissonFalstaff’s man about town talks about a great love affair – that between food and wine.
Data on alcohol consumption in countries around the world shows some surprising results.
In the bitter “War of Rosé” over Château Miraval, the wine estate of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood actor has to accept a temporary...
World’s Best Vineyards has revealed the top wine destinations for 2022 at an event in Argentina’s wine capital, Mendoza.
The meteoric rise of Washington State's premier wine region is well-justified.
At the beginning of the year, Falstaff dares to look into the crystal ball: What will be the big topics in the wine world in 2023?
Sales of Corona have held up despite the beer's unfortunate association with the coronavirus, cementing its top position as the world’s most valuable...
Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi gives the former James Bond star a new and unusual look. Check out the campaign which is premiering in New...
Brut, Extra Brut and Demi Sec...and what do they have to do with sugar? Here is a quick primer on what these sparkling wine terms mean and how they...
The European settlers did not want to go without wine in their new homeland and exported vines across the oceans to Chile, Argentina, South Africa and...
Here’s a handy key to some famous names that unlocks their personality or illuminates their rich history.