It is likely that the prices of French wine in supermarkets across Europe, as well as further afield, will increase in 2017, as a knock-on effect of a dip in grape production – a shortfall brought about by poor weather in some of France’s key wine-producing regions.
The départements of Charente and Champagne have been affected, as has Beaujolais, the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée spread over Rhône-Alpes and Saône-et-Loire.
France’s grape production for the current year is expected to have fallen by 10%.
News of the depleted stocks comes from France’s Ministère de l'Agriculture, specifically from a finding by the FranceAgriMer, which confirmed that frost and hail have reduced harvestable vineyards in the affected regions.
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