France To Make Least Wine In 60 Years As Frost, Rot Hit Grapes
French winemakers will produce the smallest vintage in 60 years, after spring frost hit vines in Bordeaux, summer storms caused grape rot in Champagne, and drought shrivelled grape bunches in the country’s south-east.
Wine volume will fall by 19%, to 36.9 million hectolitres, this year – equivalent to about 4.9 billion bottles – the Agriculture Ministry forecasts.
That would be the least since 1957 – another year when a spring freeze destroyed flower buds – based on data from the ministry and the European Union’s statistics department.
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