Loire Valley: Frost has negative impact on production potential in 2016

Monday August 08 2016 by Vitisphere

Despite poor weather in June, no significant shatter has been reported in the Muscadet, Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellations that were severely hit by frost. “Flowering, which as a general rule occurred at the end of June, was quite normal. There is a little shatter but no more than usual, with no differences between frost-affected blocks and vineyards that weren’t affected”, comments Adeline Boulfray, an advisor for the Indre-et-Loire chamber of agriculture. In frost-affected areas, major variations have been reported in key growth stages, ranging from “the end of flowering” to “pea-sized berries”.

Ultimately, production potential has been significantly impacted by frost – to date, Indre-et-Loire has lost half its potential crop volume – but also by mildew, which will worsen the impact of frost. Early onset of mildew on bunches and leaves, compounded by catastrophic weather conditions, have forced wine growers to spray much more frequently to try and control the fungus, with great difficulty. “Wine growers are exhausted. 2016 is not for the faint-hearted. Plenty of courage is needed to contend with a year like this”, confirmed Guillaume Lapaque from the area’s wine federation, regarding frost and mildew attacks.


Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Loire regional chamber of agriculture




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