From Bordeaux via Burgundy to the Rhône Valley to Champagne, people are worried that spring frosts will ruin this year’s wines.
In the past week, parts of France were hit by unusually cold weather and cold nights, which could cause significant damage to this year’s vintage.
-Dominique Guinard, a wind farm farmer in the Graves area near Bordeaux, inspected his vines and said that they broke like glass because there was no water in them.
-They are completely dry. He said that they have no life.
According to several wine experts, frost damage may be the worst since the 1990s.
In the Rhone Valley, Phillipe Pellaton, president of the local wine producers’ association, said that this year’s harvest may be the worst in 40 years. He estimated a loss of 80% to 90% compared to a normal year. In the Burgundy region, some wine producers say that at least 50% of their crops have been destroyed this year.
In despair and despair, many winemakers lit a campfire around the vines, trying to keep the grapes away from the frost. In turn, this has caused a large area of smog, including the city of Lyon, where the authorities have issued a pollution warning.
The French government is preparing a package of crisis plans to help the severely affected farmers.